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Musical notes on neuroscience

I’ll be at Society for Neuroscience 2011!

The time has finally come for the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Over 31,000 neuroscientists are going to descend on Washington DC starting this weekend, and your fearless blogger will be one of them!

November 9, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

Beatboxing on the brain

Carolyn McGettigan is a researcher at University College London who studies the neural mechanisms of speech and production. So it was only natural that she teamed up with UK Beatbox champion Reeps One to uncover the mysteries behind his skill at producing percussion sounds with his mouth.

October 28, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

In Biophilia, Bjork realizes a synesthete’s dream

Go back to the past. You’re a teenager hovered over the liner notes of a cherished new album. Or perhaps your eyes are closed to better absorb all the auditory sensations and to make sure to take in every word and phase to aid later recitation in the dark.

October 20, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

Honoring Dr. Gleason for Ada

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, on which people share how women have influenced them to become who they are today. I’m participating in this by highlighting my undergraduate research advisor, Dr.

October 7, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

The newest Nobel Laureate is also a musician!

Saul Perlmutter is one of three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics this morning. This news is exciting enough, but Perlmutter is no ordinary Nobel Laureate.

October 4, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

SciMuse: Eva Amsen counting beats and cells

A little over a year ago when I decided to start interviewing scientists who also played music on Science with Moxie, I stumbled across the blog Musicians and Scientists, written by Eva Amsen.

September 30, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

Radiolab, full of genius compositions

Jad Abumrad is a genius. I always suspected as much, but it’s always nice to have your suspicions verified by outside sources. Last week, I felt a sort of vicarious and visceral sort of pure joy at hearing that he had been awarded a genius grant by the MacArthur Foundation for his work on the [...]

September 28, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

Radiolab, full of genius compositions

Jad Abumrad is a genius. I always suspected as much, but it's always nice to have your suspicions verified by outside sources. Last week, I felt a sort of vicarious and visceral sort of pure joy at hearing that he had been awarded a genius grant by the MacArthur Foundation for his work on the fantastic public radio show, Radiolab.Anyone who ever chances to ask me to recommend a podcast or even something to listen to on a long drive always gets to hear a long monologue on my love for Radiolab.

September 28, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

Hacking towards musical instruments

I recently had the privilege of visiting Splatspace, which is my town’s own little hackerspace in the middle of downtown. I met some passionate people doing amazing things with music and electronics, which reminded me of the first person I interviewed for SwM as a part of my effort to put the spotlight on people [...]

September 1, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

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