March 30, 2013

The Two Faces. [Quirinus repost]

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[Photo from December, 2004; first posted here December, 2010. ]

March 28, 2013

March 13, 2013

Title of the Week!

The article "The dilemmas of the gourmet fly: the molecular and neuronal mechanisms of feeding and nutrient decision making in Drosophila" appears in the journal "Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience."

March 9, 2013

Remember my laryngitis?

It resulted in a number of epiphanies! I wrote about what I learned about communication by not speaking, just published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Here's an excerpt:
Losing my voice for several days was a fascinating exercise. I gleaned empathy for people who cannot speak, express themselves immediately, or yell for help. My biggest epiphany was around questions: I was distressed that I could not ask my husband about his day, what he was reading, or what he was telling me. I thought a lot about how questions express interest and how they also influence conversation. I realized that questions are about helping the person questioned be heard and better understood; they can also be about selfishly amplifying the voice of the questioner.
And here's the full link.

March 7, 2013

Help Preserve Rock Creek Hills Park.

Supporters of Rock Creek Hills Park have contributed to the ongoing legal effort to enforce federal, state, and county park protection laws and overturn a decision to obliterate the park. We've come really far, but there's much more to do.

Learn more at

Thank you.

March 2, 2013


From the Washington Post interview with former National Institutes of Health Director Elias Zerhouni, on the sequester:
"Q: That answers one possible defense of the cuts, which is that the scientists could just go work for private industry instead. 
A: That’s ridiculous. That’s the most ridiculous, caveman statement I’ve ever heard. That’s not the way science works. Science works with bright young people who are attracted to science. ... Research is an investment, it’s not an expense."


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