photo (4)As the subtitle states, this blog consists of stories on science, public communication, and surviving graduate school.  What is the clearly made-up word Neurolore supposed to mean? Check out this post.

My name is Rachel, and I am a fifth-year (how is this possible?) graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program and the Life Sciences Fellowship Program at the University of Missouri.  As part of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab here at MU, I primarily study autism spectrum disorder in the contexts of both pharmacological intervention and underlying neural organization.  If you’re interested in the projects in which I’m currently involved, read the posts here, here, here, and here.

In addition to my research interests, I have a strong passion for communicating science to the general public. I spent summer of 2014 developing this passion as a AAAS Science & Technology Mass Media Fellow writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer. This experience truly affirmed my love for science writing and gave me the confidence to pursue a career in this field when I finish my PhD.

I feel it is imperative for scientists to actively share about their work, garnering not only public interest, but even support, in terms of what goes on in the lab.  The communication gap between technical jargon-weilding scientists and the curious yet sometimes skeptical public must be eliminated in order to move the field of science forward.  Does filling this gap sound daunting, even scary?  To that I share the insight of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

“The human brain is capable of only one strong emotion at a time, and if it be filled with curiosity or scientific enthusiasm, there is no room for fear.”

Source for header photo on Home page: “Hersenen” by Bertyhell http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hersenen.png#mediaviewer/File:Hersenen.png


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