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Saturday, May 16, 2009


A quick post just to share some fun news.  The AP picked up on the story about me by Christine DeGarennes at the News-Gazette and I've been popping up all sorts of places including the Chicago Tribune online.

Also exciting is the fact that I will be traveling to Ohio State University on Monday to meet Mary Roach (my favorite author)! and hear her speak at the Injury Biomechanics Symposium.  I plan to interview her, so look for that. Also, I will have my books signed!

Below, I copied part of my July 12, 2008 post where I proclaim that Mary is my favorite author for the first time!

Speaking of science outreach, I am FINALLY reading the first book by Mary Roach, called Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.  The first one I read (her third book) was Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, which I just enjoyed with every cell in my body.  Her humor is so awesome "Again with the pyrex tubes."---read the book to find out what this means!  WAIT! First, a disclaimer! This book is not for everyone.  You know who you are, and if you don't know, I will tell you: if you are a middle schooler or maybe even a high schooler with a parent who would not approve, or your religious affiliation will not approve--DON"T READ IT or I will personally come snatch that book right out of your hands and give you a disapproving look and ground you from emailing or texting anyone for at least a week! 

Mary Roach is now officially on my list of people I most want to invite to dinner. I'll add her to Reza Aslan (author of No god but God-a great book describing Islam--while I'm not a Muslim, I like how he expressed himself) and Brian Greene (author of The Elegant Universe--about string theory) and Alan Alda.  They don't have to come all at once as I'm not necessarily the "hostess with the mostess", but I'd certainly try and definitely hope wonderful conversation would be the centerpoint of the evening.

I've been reading Stiff during incubation times of some experiments and microscope training I've been doing (sometimes sitting on the mysterious disappearing Beckman Institute couches and sometimes lying on the benches and walls on the engineering quad--yes, that long person stretched out looking like me is really me!).  I found, strangely, that I can read about decomposition and other gruesome things even while eating.  I suppose if it was a "scratch and sniff" book, I probably would not be nearly so stoic about the whole thing!  The full body dissection course I took in grad school with the medical students helped me come to terms with death and dead bodies, at least on one level.  I have no macabre fascination or anything like that....I just stepped a little closer to accepting this as a fact of life, and Mary Roach found a way to make the whole thing respectfully entertaining.  If you have the stomach for this or the curiosity, I highly recommend it!  I think all you pre-meds will especially appreciate it.

Kate from Intrigued Host, a new podcast about interesting people and things, will interview me next week because I guess I have intrigued her. This is all so exciting and fun.

Look at the people she has interviewed.....I'm impressed!!

Some of my interviewees have included Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar
winners/nominees such as, Sir Ian McKellen, documentary filmmaker
Malcolm Clarke, Alan Cumming, Rachel Evan Wood, Richard Jeni, Arthur
Marx, Michael Constantine, Garry Marshall, Peter Guber, Eric Stoltz,
Atom Egoyan, Don McKellar, Bruce McDonald, Harvey Pekar, Severn
Cullis-Suzuki, Doris Roberts, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano, Alan Rickman,
Ralph Fiennes, Donald Sutherland, Gloria Gaynor, and even the Dalai

What else? I did review the Star Trek movie for and you can see that here!

I will leave you with a video that got the women scientists I follow on twitter all excited about an automatic pipetting device.  Hmm, I wonder why that would be?

Bad fake scientist guys, throwing pipettes like that! Tsk, tsk

 Until next time,

Kindly,  Joanne

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