Book Summaries: History, Tools, and Practices of Genetics and Hereditary Science

Here comes another contribution to my summaries for my list with Susan Lindee. Topic of the day: “History, Tools, and Practices of Genetics and Hereditary Science.” My original notes are much longer than what I provide in this essay, but I have a maximum of six pages to deliver. So I had to cut some of my observations. Have fun! Continue reading

More Book Summaries! Today: Sorting People Out and Digital Technologies

Last Wednesday, I had another orals meeting with Susan Lindee. You can find the bibliographical details of the books discussed in the blurb and my analytical essay below that. Guess which book I liked least! Continue reading

Get Your Book Summaries Here! Today: Non-Pure Science

I virtually just started reading towards comprehensive oral exams (= orals). I’m writing this post after having finished my third and, luckily, last book for tonight. Instead of taking notes on the 1,000 pages I read today, I want to share my summarizing essay for last week’s meeting with you. Continue reading

ALL SHALL COME: Sorting Brains Out—Best Conference in a While

The conference I’ve been so busy with is finally coming together. We’re convening on September 18 and 19, shortly before the Pope comes to Philly (why does nobody really care about the Dalai Lama’s coming?!), and we’ll be discussing the history of the mind and brain sciences in the past 125 years. Check out the details here and look at our gorgeous poster below (thanks to Wing (Dyana) So, Ian Verstegen, and the Visual Studies Program at Penn)!

Guys, I’m so excited. And I don’t even want to hide it!

Yeah, yeah, yeah!! Designed by Wing T. (Dyana) So.

Yeah, yeah, yeah!!
Designed by Wing T. (Dyana) So.

Check out My Next Talk

Not sure how far the news have spread that Penn’s Digital Humanities Forum, with a nice amount of extra money, recently became the Price Lab for Digital Humanities. On September 16, I’ll be giving a short talk on the knowledge I acquired during my Price-Lab-funded trip to HILT this summer. The talk mainly concerns how I plan to use textmining with R for my project on the history of adult neurogenesis.

Please Take Part in a Survey on Sex/Gender Concepts in Scientific Research

A colleague of mine from Berlin, Diana Schellenberg, needs participants for her survey on the categories of sex and gender in neuro- and psy-scientific research. I’m posting her call for participants below. Please consider following this link and completing the survey. I won’t lie, so I must say it takes some effort. But if you do it in four sessions or so, you get four nice little procrastination breaks. Continue reading

DH and Me

I’m in Indianapolis for HILT 2015. The digital-humanities workshop on “Large-Scale Text Analysis with R” sounded as if it can help me to finally surmount the obstacle of several thousands of neuroscientific articles I will have to analyze in order to continue my project on adult neurogenesis. Mark Algee-Hewitt from Stanford’s Department of English is an awesome instructor and thus far, I’ve understood everything and was even able to ask a not-so-stupid question during the first session. (Why does R return “character” when I ask about the class of a vector whose contents are characters—and not “vector”?)

I know I promised to continue this post a long time ago—odds are that it will happen soon.

Privacy Lost—SCAN Put Me on Youtube

I just returned from India a few days ago (see my new Department picture) and getting back to serious academic work is pretty rough after more than three weeks out in the wild … So I just spent a few minutes procrastinating and googling myself. Doing so, I found a youtube video of my short presentation at the First Annual SCAN Retreat. I should watch the video and use it to improve on my English pronunciation, I guess.

P.S. I also found the SCAN certificate in my mailbox when I returned. I’m completely done with classes now, scientific and non-scientific!
P.P.S. Just realized they also put up a testimonial, taken from an email I sent to Martha after my HSS panel last November. I seem to be a quite popular SCAN graduate.

Neuroskeptic’s Patient-Researcher Perspective

Neuroskeptic just published a very interesting post asking: What Can “Lived Experience” Teach Neuroscientists? It’s a short reflection on whether or not neuroscientific research on depression (for instance) should include more patient perspectives. Being very up-front about a personal history of depression, Neuroskeptic points to a problem that sounds almost like the barber paradox. (Read it.)

Two thoughts on that: Continue reading

My Last Seminar Paper Ever: “Betahistory”

Coursework is over!

Drawing on Wikipedia, a neuroscience chronicle, and Haden White’s masterpiece Metahistory, I composed a little and not always entirely serious paper presenting different versions of how the history of 19th-century neuroscience could be written, titled: “Betahistory: The Historical Imagination of Neuroscience.” Continue reading