The spectrum of notebook keeping in science and in life – Part I

I have recently read a great blog post on the evolution of notebook keeping, and how notebooks provide a tried and true method of keeping track of our lives in spite of explosion of their technological counterparts. This series of articles triggered a flurry of thoughts on how I have interacted with notebook keeping in... Continue Reading →


Pushing the envelope- Part II

Last week, I wrote about pushing the limits of science by thinking outside the box.  In that sense, "thinking outside the box" is used quite figuratively to indicate how traditional thinking will not lead to new ideas, and constant innovation is necessary to achieve breakthroughs. In this post, we will examine the same concept in... Continue Reading →

Pushing the envelope – Part I

"Thinking outside the box" has become a bit of a cliché. But in science it is more important than ever. As the base of human knowledge propels ahead with lightning speed, it takes a special set of skills and knowledge to be on the cutting edge of innovation. When I was in graduate school, there... Continue Reading →


Why we have cells in the living room 

When I was in college, happily trekking down my pre-med program, I happened to attend a talk by a guest speaker from Albert Einstein College of Medicine graduate school program. Two things from her talk have stuck with me through the years. First, and likely the more important, is the fact that her talk served... Continue Reading →


Art therapy

Last weekend was very intense for me. There was a lot of shopping and family activities. Overall, it was good, but I barely got any time to myself.  Over the course of this week, I have been making time to dedicate to NeuroBead every evening, but it was still inadvertently getting mixed with discussions of... Continue Reading →


The water maze

Yesterday I attended a talk by one of my colleagues. He was giving an update on a project we are both heavily involved in. The key difference is that he works on animal models (in vivo), mainly asking "what" type of questions; whereas I work at the cellular level (in vitro) focusing on the "why"... Continue Reading →


Original work

We live in a modern world where everything has been said and done.  There are so many great minds and creative people that it can often be tough to be original.  I have written in my previous posts about how I have always found art to be my oasis.  During my childhood and teenage years,... Continue Reading →


When you have a passion…

Work and chores get done because the world needs them to be done. Art gets done because there is an internal need for it to happen. Karen This comment was posted in response to one of my recent posts on"Facts and Data."  My first internal response was: "Absolutely!" But then I paused for a second.... Continue Reading →


“Anatomy of a Breakthrough”

In my previous post I have referred to Laura Vanderkam's book "168 Hours".  One of the chapters is called "Anatomy of a Breakthrough".  It begins by telling a story about a woman, Leah Ingram, who wanted to publish a book, and succeeded by what appeared to be a string of lucky coincidences.  Only that wasn't... Continue Reading →


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