Hello Internet! Scicurious here. For the past FIVE years now, Sci has brought you the latest and greatest (and sometimes the worst), in neuroscience, physiology, and stuff like poop. Blogging has been a life changing experience for me, I’ve learned so much, and I have also made so many wonderful friends! And of course, I’ve read a lot of VERY weird science.

As many of you probably know, I’m a big fan of being able to use a pseudonym. I think it’s incredibly important that we have the freedom to express ourselves, even when we can’t make those expressions under our real names. While yes, a pseudonym can be a great opportunity for trolling, it can also be an opportunity to develop yourself online. as the person you want to be. Developing your talents, skills, and meeting people you might not be able to otherwise.

And over the years, Scicurious has become almost as much a part of me as my real name. It’s just another name I go by. It has allowed me to build a reputation for myself, independent of where I work, where I have studied, what I look like, or other things that might give people preconceptions about what I have to say. I am proud of (almost) everything that Scicurious has done (except when I’ve gotten stuff wrong), and I hope that she and I will be together a long, long time.

But internet, you’ve been good to me, and because you have, I really think

it’s time that we take our relationship to the next level.

So. Hello, Internet. My name is Bethany Brookshire. I have degrees and things. I have a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. I am finishing up a postdoc in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. I live in Philadelphia with my significant other and my cat. I love running, chocolate, coffee, the internet, and SCIENCE. I am Bethany. And I am also Scicurious. It’s nice to meet you all!

(Yeah, that's the good picture)

But don't worry folks! Scicurious continues on. I love to write and I'm going to keep at it! It's practically a brand name, after all. I will continue to bring you the best and worst of neuroscience and physiology! You'll just now have a face and a name to peg all of my mistakes on. You can continue to follow me on Twitter at @scicurious, and you can hunt me down on Google + under B Brookshire. I've also got a Facebook page (brand new!) and you can see that here.