Trade offs

As I have written in a couple of recent posts (here, here and here), life has been a bit hectic recently.  I have been feeling like I am having science withdrawal symptoms.  Last week, I have finally received an offer for a new position that I have accepted.  For the last 4 years, while I absolutely loved my job, it took me over 1.5 hours to commute in each direction.  I wasn’t the favorite part of my day and took a lot of valuable time away from my work, family and personal life.  Not to mention NeuroBeadContinue Reading

Abstract art

I have never been a fan of abstract art.  When I was about 10, my parents took me to Florida for the first time.  While there, we took a day trip to St. Petersburg to visit the Salvador Dali museum.  I felt lost and thought that the paintings were pointless.  My parents said that it might take a more mature age to understand such art.   Continue Reading

Left brain, right brain and dyslexia

In my recent posts I described how my work at NeuroBead has taken an unexpected turn towards raising patient awareness, rather than just portraying scientific progress.   Soon after finishing my work on “The Internal Storm” epilepsy project, I was contacted by a former collaborator I knew from an entrepreneurial initiative that I was involved in during my postdoctoral training.  After seeing my artwork being used for raising epilepsy awareness, she asked if I would be willing to make a dyslexia pin. Continue Reading

The many faces of sciart

Two weeks ago I attended a very interesting art exhibit entitled “EmBodied”.  It was organized by the SciArt Center that I have written about in an earlier post.  I came across it by accident, but just in time to make it to the opening reception.  Incidentally, as I was approaching the gallery, the following sign caught my eye.  It gave me a pretty good laugh, considering where I was heading. Continue Reading

“The Internal Storm”

Last week I wrote about a slightly unexpected turn that my work has taken.  I have been posting pictures of my work in progress and finished pieces on Instagram, where I found quite a few of like-minded individuals.  Most of these people are trained as scientists and want to share the beauty of what they are doing with the rest of the world.  But as would probably be expected, most of this work gets noticed and appreciated by people who do something similar themselves – other scientists and artists. Continue Reading

Red Blood Cell – hair clip # 4

It has been a while since I have given an update on my beadwork.  While I was working on the hair clips I have described in my previous posts here, here and here, my older daughter suggested a new idea.  She has all of the symptoms of a child raised by scientists.  Her most recent writing project in school focused on explaining how vaccines work!  She has been fascinated with our “Bring your kid to work day” and has tried doing some simple experiments in museums and at home.  She has also admired my artwork and has tried to get involved.


So when she saw me making biological hair clips in the form of cells,she requested a Red Blood Cell!  Red blood cells are unique in that unlike all other cells they do not have a nucleus and have a slightly “pinched” morphology.  They are responsible for carrying oxygen through our blood stream.

Here is a little bit of behind the process and how the clip turned out.  I love the simple elegance that it projects!


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Stress Fibers – hair clip # 3

Here is the next piece in the series.  It was inspired by the following image, which unfortunately did not have a description.  While I cannot say for sure, the filaments labeled in yellow reminded me of stress fibers.

Stress fibers consist of actin microfilaments and act like tiny muscles inside the cell, allowing the cell to change its shape, contract, and migrate to its ultimate destination. The name “stress fibers” comes from the fact that these structures are often observed in cells that have undergone mechanical stress.

 

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