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Brain Clocks: The Neuroscience of Time

Time is something we want more of, and want to do more with. Whether we like it or not, our brains are running multiple clocks that pace aging, wake us up, and control how quickly our muscles fire at the gym.

Time in the brain is most certainly unlike the time you remember from physics class. Brain Clocks explores the neuroscience of time using studies of high performance, as well as examining the bizarre and crippling effects that broken clocks have on the mind.

Left: A History of the Hemispheres

In the late nineteenth century a mild-mannered surgeon from Paris fostered a discovery that spurred a revolution. It spat in the face of the Church, upturned decades of intuitions, and was a turning point in the history of brain science. The two sides of our brains are different.

Left journeys through history to meet our tool-making ancestors, the first-ever serial killers, and modern-day scientists who have all partaken in the story of our asymmetric brains.


2019

✓ PHD Defense, Ann Arbor, MI (May)

My work culminates after five and a half years on The Motor Thalamus in Action: How Neural Signals Coordinate Across Time During a Ballistic Choice Task. You can read more in our publications split between single unit data and local field potentials (preprint) during the same behavior.

✓ Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon, Canada (July)

The Kluane Red Squirrel Project has been ongoing for nearly 30 years, home to scientists performing field studies related to survival, stress, and performance. Squirrels occupy an ecological niche specific to an arboreal lifestyle that has been refined over millions of years. Together, we aim to understand how the brain contributes to these interesting behaviors, extending our studies to problems of conservation and questions of mammalian resilience.

✓ Mount Kinabalu, Via Ferrata, Malaysia (July)

The island of Borneo is home to Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain of the Malay Archipelago, reaching 4,095 meters at the summit. The route to Low’s Peak is the highest via ferrata climb in the world highlighted by tight ropes and swinging planks.

✓ Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (August)

Covering over 2,000 kilometers, motorcycling the Ho Chi Minh trail is a rite of passage for anyone looking to see the breadth of Vietnam. The path offers a look into burgeoning city life, but also meanders through rural countryside, beaches, and national parks.

✓ DK5K Tough Run, Copemish, MI (September)

In honor of Drew Kostic, U.S. Marine veteran, and raising awareness for those who suffer from hardships after serving. Team Air Force.

✓ Thru the Leaves 50k Trail Race, Rochester Hills, MI (October)

Thru the Leaves 50k is 5 laps of a 6.2 mile loop at Bloomer Park. Highly recommended for the great volunteers, beautiful fall Michigan terrain and cool weather.

Annual Red Squirrel Workshop, Edmonton, CA (December)

2020

Grakn Cosmos Universal Conference, London, UK (February)

Grakn is a database that empowers complex systems to be more intelligent through logic, reasoning, and knowledge engineering. I’ll be speaking about a project called Stori, which is a product I have dreamed of building since 2014. Stori helps a writer piece together ideas from multiple sources using Grakn, while identifying the shortest or more direct paths from one concept to another. You can read more on my Speaker Profile.

Machu Picchu, Peru (March)

 

FieldWORK

 

 

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