My brain is an just organ, but I am just my brain

One of the biggest arguments that mental health advocates use is that illnesses of the brain should be treated exactly the same as those of any other organ.  After all, the brain is exactly that - an organ.  It's just another part of the body, and that part gets sick, too.  So why do we … Continue reading My brain is an just organ, but I am just my brain

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STEM doesn’t stand for “Smarter Than Everyone (else), Man”

I just realized that I've been working at Vanderbilt for over 100 days now.  Things have finally begun to feel more natural - I know where most of the buildings are, I optimized my bike route to work, and I even joined the BME grad student council e-board.  As each day passes, I feel more … Continue reading STEM doesn’t stand for “Smarter Than Everyone (else), Man”

On Vacuums (the appliance, not the space devoid of matter)

Yesterday, as I crawled around on the floor of my new bedroom removing the tiny paper scraps (left by the previous tenant), I experienced a pivotal moment in my coming of age.  In that instant, I wanted nothing more than to purchase a shiny, new vacuum.  Not one of those Dirt Devils that simply toy with the idea … Continue reading On Vacuums (the appliance, not the space devoid of matter)