I've created my own interdisciplinary neuroscience major at Hendrix College in order to discover how the complexity of the brain gives rise to the rational thought, emotion, consciousness, and the mental states that make us human. My research background includes projects on age-related macular degeneration, the effects of caffeine on sleep, the treatment of Parkinson's disease with deep-brain stimulation, the Cognitive Connectome (which investigates the individual variations in neural networks involved in cognition), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of spontaneous creativity in various modalities like poetry and narrative generation. I love bridging philosophical questions about the mind and scientific questions about the brain. Since getting involved in the TED community, I've been keeping my brain on its toes with "ideas worth spreading" from all disciplines, but I've also become more and more interested in HOW ideas spread. I've been invigorated by the incredible response from the Hendrix and surrounding communities to my injections of TED-like programming through events like TEDxHendrixCollege and TEDxHendrixCollegeWomen, as well as starting a student organization dedicated to watching and discussing TED talks. As I pursue a career in fMRI research, I hope to continue to generate thoughtful, engaged discussion of the many important questions that our world faces today and in the future.
The mystery of the mind-brain relationship, creativity, philosophy, neuroscience, evolution, music, HOW ideas spread, good food (especially dessert), and humor, along with so much more!
Hybrid or electric mail trucks. These vehicles spend a huge amount of time idle or at low speeds, making them prime candidates for hybrid technology.
Anything from the mind to jazz to the universe!
Saxophone, ultimate frisbee, soccer, and corny jokes.
A simple Best of 2008 email from iTunes got me onto the TED podcasts. I spent the next 4 hours glued to my computer on a TED talk binge. Ever since, I have dreamed of attending TED, TEDGlobal, or TEDActive. Since these goals aren't immediately attainable, I've brought TED to my local community. In 2010 I was granted a license to host TEDxHendrixCollege, the first TEDx event in Arkansas, which brought together a full crowd of 100 attendees with speakers from in-state and across the country and a live band to explore the theme "What Can Your Mind Do for You?" The success of this event has created a strong TED community at Hendrix College that includes a student organization that hosts monthly meeting to watch TED talks on a specific theme, with each talk followed by discussion moderated by an expert in the field. Additionally, we will be hosting TEDxHendrixCollegeWomen on December 1, 2011, and TEDxHendrixCollege 2012 will be hosted this coming spring.
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