A Science Driven Life

An un-edited blog about science, discovery, technology, travel and the occasional whiskey

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We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.  – Carl Sagan

Welcome to my blog.  I’ve done dozens of these over the years- from food and wine (of which I shared with one of my best friends and fellow neuroscientists Dr. Greg Bissonette), to rock climbing, Ironman triathlons, literature, and travel.  I suppose I’ve always just taken my love for writing and applied it to whatever I was doing at the time that was interesting, at least to me.

Why this blog and why now?  Well, re-read Carl Sagan’s quote above.  There seems to be an attack on science and truth, especially in the USA, that I feel is partially the scientists (myself included) fault.  We don’t do enough to make our research, our ideas and the fundamentals of our sciences accessible to the untrained person.  My goal with this blog is to bring ideas in science, new and old, to the non-scientist.  I will have some very technical articles, but I’ll balance them with very approachable things to hopefully inspire other scientists to make this a priority while inspiring non-scientists to learn bits and pieces of our puzzle that is the cosmos.  There may be a focus on neuroscience as well as emergining technologies in life sciences and biophysics, but I will not limit myself to my comfort zone and will explore areas such as geology, technology, chemisty, physics and astronomy.

About Me?

Michael Mohammadi- I have a PhD in Medical Physiology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  I focused my studies and research on neuroscience- specifically how information is stored over the course of hundreds of milliseconds (short term) on little cell antannae’s called dendrites.  In our research, we used some novel methods for our research which led to my current career as a Business Development Manager for Andor Technology (a northern-Ireland based imaging company).  Basically I am a hybrid role of applications specialist, business development, and helping my boss oversee a sales region of the Americas.  I travel often throughout N/S America and Europe, with the occasional trip to Asia.

Warning: Shameless work promotion– I really didn’t know much about my employer  Andor Technology (minus the few products I work with) until I was hired.  Suffice it to say I was blown away to find out the many research applications that we make products for.  The coolest (to me) are that high sensitivity detectors from high-energy detection (XRays) to spectroscopy and far IR imaging.  We have detectors of all shapes and sizes in observatories around the world and since astronomy is a hobby of mine I would expect the occasional blog on cool stuff we’re doing.

I welcome you to join me on my journey into my first official science blog.  I quote often (Sagan, Dawkins, Hitchens, Nietsche, Feynman, etc), mistype someitmes, and will every now and then share my random thoughts on the cosmos (often after a nice Irish or Scotch whiskey).

Here’s to science, technology, truth and whiskey!

Cheers!

Michael Mohammadi

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Written by Michael Mohammadi

March 22, 2013 at 01:32

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