Had so much fun talking about brains with a real brain scientist (and one who plays one on TV), Mayim Bialik.  We spoke at the National Science Teacher’s Association, and I was reminded (as if I need reminding) how cool teachers are.  Thanks for such a warm reception.

Had so much fun talking about brains with a real brain scientist (and one who plays one on TV), Mayim Bialik.  We spoke at the National Science Teacher’s Association, and I was reminded (as if I need reminding) how cool teachers are.  Thanks for such a warm reception.

Divergent ain't so Divergent

You don’t need zombies for dystopia.  But you do need adolescent angst…

Perhaps the Largest Teacher Gathering Yet for a Zombie Event!

10,000 Teachers! And maybe…just maybe, 10,000 Zombie enthusiasts! And Mayim Bialik. DOCTOR Mayim Bialik. (from The Big Bang Theory) And hand-held calculators.

On April 3rd, Mayim Bialik and I will demonstrate a zombie-science activity as part of the STEM Behind Hollywood initiative. We’ll do this for the National Science Teachers Association Meeting, the largest gathering of Science Teachers in the World.

When I was a kid, I recall MY Texas Instruments calculator. If I had been able to do zombie equations on this device back then (we’re gonna do acid-base titrations to control Prion infectiveness), then perhaps I would have done something other than a few math problems and then memorize how to spell dirty words with it when you turn it upside down.

Witches Are Sexier Than Zombies (and Maybe Even Cooler)

I don’t think the zombies will mind my sharing some allegiance? 

(Tell me they won’t)

SPOTLIGHT ON KAVLI VIDEO CONTEST ADVISOR STEVE SCHLOZMAN!

Zombie Baby in the Portland Zombie Walk, courtesy of Little Wolf.

Zombie Baby in the Portland Zombie Walk, courtesy of Little Wolf.

The Walking Dead Returns

Zombie Summer Camp? This'll be fun

Next week I get to do something pretty nifty.  The Zombie Scholars Academy is the brainchild of professor Kevin Minch at Truman State University.  It’s an overnight camp devoted to using zombies as the substrate for learning a ton of science, survival skills, and popular culture.  I’ll get to lead a few sessions, complete with a few sheep brains and a bunch of cool kids who like to think about zombies from all points of view.  No, we don’t think zombies are real…but we can sure take advantage of the fiction to talk about some really cool stuff.  I’m very much looking forward to this!

Very cool website with a nice and thoughtful review of the Zombie Autopsies. Thanks for the nice words.

Narrative Medicine and Zombies?

Next Wednesday, I have the honor of being at Kings College in London for a conference on a very cool way of both looking at and teaching medicine called “Narrative Medicine.” The essential idea is that clinicians and patients engage in their own narrative every day; that’s why every doctor-patient encounter ought to be different.  I’ll be joining collegues in a section called “Brain, Mind and Text,” and I’m going to try and use the construct of the zombie as a teaching device to help us understand how we distinguish (or don’t) self and other in the medical setting.  Kinda high brow for zombies, but central as well to why I love the zombie genre. Who knew zombies would take me here?