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... Continue Reading →

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Bridging science, art and society

Last year, when I founded NeuroBead, I based it on the idea that scientists like myself would want to see beautiful images from their research commemorated as pieces of art, that they could display on their walls.  Many academic institutions, especially neuroscience departments, decorate their hallways with enlarged photos of cells that were taken under... Continue Reading →

“Branching Out” – the story of Sholl analysis 

I have always been attracted to symmetry.  Ever since childhood, symmetry and equilibrium have always put me at ease and gave me a sense of aesthetic satisfaction. In graduate school, I studied the process of differentiation (read "development") of nerve cells called neurons.  Neurons have beautiful architecture, but are never actually symmetrical.  Yet they still... 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 →

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