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I have a Ph.D. in Genetics from Yale. Before that, I got a B.S. in Biology from Brandeis. Before that, I went to a math and science magnet high school in the Los Angeles area. Obviously, I'm a science geek. Before that, though, I went to a hippie elementary school where I learned how to think for myself, and a public middle school where I discovered boys. (Not much else happened there.)


Upon leaving college, I was upset because unlike several of my friends, I didn't have a cause. Although supportive, I'm not all about gay rights; although I believe education is perhaps the most important component of a productive society, I would hate to be a teacher; as a scientist, I didn't even have a problem (AIDS, cancer, the physical nature of the mind, etc.) to solve.

By the time I finished graduate school, I had found my cause: science education. For many reasons, people think science is "hard", and they give up on it. The general population's understanding of basic scientific concepts is lacking, to say the least. And what's worse is that people don't realize how much science applies to their everyday lives. My philosophy is that if everyone had an underlying understanding of basic scientific ideas, things like global warming and immunizations wouldn't be political issues, they'd be givens. Evolution would be accepted, even if it conflicts with a literal interpretation of religious scripture.

My goal is therefore to attack this problem of scientific illiteracy, using the tools and talents I have gained in all that education: I edit college-level biology textbooks. I'm not talking about, "You're missing a comma here," I mean, "This part doesn't make any sense. What if you approached it this way?" It's called developmental editing. I've been doing it since the summer of 2008, and I plan to keep doing it for a while, so don't ask me when I'm going to get a real job. This IS a real job (even if I work from home in my pajamas).


I'm obviously interested in science, particularly genetics, human genetics, genomics, and evolution. Also as noted above, education is also important to me. I like thinking about the future of technology, especially the internet. I pay attention to politics, and I'm probably more liberal than you and pretty much everyone you know. I'm an atheist and I think it's important to make that clear, to dispel the stereotype that we eat babies. We do not eat babies. Because textbook editing isn't as lucrative as finance, I pay attention to my money. I read more than some people (mostly fiction, some YA/teen and some grown-up), so I write book reviews, mostly to keep track of the books I read and what I thought of them. Finally, like any only child, I sometimes like to write about myself and rant into the ether about whatever is bothering me.