Last week, my old friend Dan Savage and I sat down for an extremely ill-advised public chat about, well, a lot of things. We were at the New York Public Library at a sold-out event, promoting Dan's typically funny, moving, enraging, provoking, uplifting series of essays, now collected as American Savage. Here's the full program. Enjoy:
Hat-tip to Paul Gilmartin via The Mental Illness Happy Hour for the mental health class tip.
I thought this would be good follow-up to the Cara Santa Maria post.
Coursera is offering a bunch of free summer courses that you can enroll in today and start a bit later.
The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness starts June 24th and lasts 6 weeks. I was looking at it, but then, while browsing other courses, I found Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression from the University of Melbourne. And then I found Virology I from Columbia University. Score! Free learning!
The Gene class starts July 1 and lasts 6 weeks. Virology starts August 1 and lasts 11 weeks.
I couldn’t decide which one of two I wanted to do more, so I signed up for both. It’s only a two week overlap. I’ve never taken a Cousera class before, but I’ve heard good things.
I’ll post reviews for the classes on here in a couple months.
If you watch The Young Turks, you’ve probably heard of her. If not, well, you have now.
She is my favorite scientist-turned-writer-turned-TV-personality.
Cara Santa Maria.
I’m going to put the phrase “Cara Santa Maria hot” in here just because I know that’s a phrase people are going to be Googling to find this page.
CSM was the senior science correspondent for the “Talk Nerdy to Me” series for The Huffington Post until April 2013.
According to wiki, she has a Masters in neuroscience and dated Bill Maher (Ugh, well, I don’t envy her taste in pretentious men.) for two years. She has done a lot of neuropsychology research including, “clinical psychological assessment, the neuropsychology of blindness, neuronal cell culture techniques, and computational neurophysiology.”
She is now pretty much a full-fledged member of the TYT cast.
So, she gives me inspiration for science jobs beyond research monkey.
Another one of my favorite scientists that became a writer is Dr. Robert Sapolsky over at Stanford. He wrote Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping. Sapolsky did not trasnsition out of academia, but you can see in his Ted Talk that he is awesome at breaking complex topics down into highly accessible language.
I’ve blogged about him before.
He is arguably much less adorable than Cara Santa Maria.
Man, “senior science correspondent.” That’s a nice title.
A blogger can dream.
Pop and dance music this year has been really disappointing in my opinion. (Seriously, what else is there besides “Get Lucky?”) So lately I’ve been listening to dubstep and house remixes of stuff from 2010-2012.
Favorite Lana Del Rey remix so far:
It has less hits than some of the other remixes, so I thought I would give it a plug. (Even though I’m not sure it counts as dubstep.)
Ghosts of Paraguay on SoundCloud here.