Yay, you found me! ”Me” being Erin Prosser, a recently convocated PhD in the nutrition/neuroscience field, current post-doc, who is searching for where she fits in the science/research world. One thing I’m pretty sure of, it’s not in the lab. I have a hunch my place is behind my laptop WRITING, READING, and trying to COMMUNICATE science – and so I’m about to find out if I’m right. That leads me here, delving into the world of BLOG. New to this place, a bit nervous, but hopeful I can accomplish some small goals and move towards bigger ones.
What can I say…I love science AND I love writing. My hope is to communicate some of the really amazing, and just plain AWESOME, science that is happening in the research realm. I’m hoping my audience will consist of other scientists and non-scientists alike who are just plain intrigued by our natural, and sometimes not so natural, world. My focus may narrow or change as I get into this and discover what it is I really want to write about. But for now, ALL science is fair game!
I also hope to gain a little something from this blog for myself (besides the satisfaction of telling all of you science stories, of course). In my dream fantasy world, I will fall into an amazingly rewarding career as a science writer…you know, for Nature, The Scientist (FAVORITE magazine right now) or something like that…this blog is step #1. Well, maybe #2. My honkin’ thesis plus a few papers from my time in grad school were step #1. Unlike most science trainees, writing my thesis was my FAVORITE part of my program – that MUST be a sign, no?
Anyways, I truly hope you enjoy what you find here! PLEASE leave comments – but be nice, my skin is still thin (I know, even after grad school?!). But seriously, constructive criticism is welcome and encouraged. So please, suggest how this blog, my writing, etc. could be better. Any specific topic you’d like to see here? I am all ears.
UPDATE: Ok, I’ve only been blogging for a couple weeks now and can already see I need to narrow my focus. While I love ALL of science, all the fabulousness is just too overwhelming. SOOO, for now, I am going to try to focus on what I know best, nutrition and neuroscience. Sometimes I’ll blog about these as individual subjects, sometimes I’ll discuss research combining the two fields (which is always so interesting!). BUT, I am not finished with “the rest of science”. Other areas such as art, forensic science, anything biology, are still close to my heart and I WANT to discuss these too. So, I’m going to aim to do a “monthly special” where I go outside of my nutrition/neuroscience box and bring you something totally outside of, umm, the box. I think I’ll call this category Treat of the Month, so watch for it! I’m going to go ahead and place the posts unrelated to nutrition or neuroscience that I’ve already written here, so that’s where they’ll be. Let me know what you think of this new arrangement!
A few more notes about me (not that I like to talk about myself)…I am a proud Canadian, who started my formal science education with a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology through which I even got to do some forensic science work (another career I could see myself in if this whole writing thing doesn’t work out). I then finished another undergrad degree in Biology (I adore botany, zoology, genetics…EVERYTHING biology) before moving onto grad school.
Note: The image in the main header is a magnification of the hippocampus region of the brain in a “brainbow” mouse. Researchers in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School developed a complex method in which random expressions of different ratios of fluorescent proteins can cause different cells to display a variety of colors. Thanks to this method researchers now have the capability to make detailed maps of brain circuits allowing insights into how these might relate to specific mental activities and neurological disorders. Image by Tamily Weissman. The Brainbow mouse was produced by Livet J, Weissman TA, Kang H, Draft RW, Lu J, Bennis RA, Sanes JR, Lichtman JW. Nature (2007) 450:56-62.