When I decided to go back to graduate school to get a masters, I had no idea where it would lead. I felt the need to do it for various reasons, many of which were accentuated when they announced a program that was created and taught by one of my all-time plant neurobiology idols: StefanoContinue Reading This is what Graduate School is teaching me about Modern Living
Have you ever had the feeling that your whole life is changing and you are no longer in the driver’s seat? This month, this is exactly how I feel. In March, I packed a few things and moved down to Florence to start graduate school… After all these years, why would I subject myself againContinue Reading How To Use Urban Planning to Create Urban Plantasy
Spring/summer in the northern hemisphere means longer days and more activities. While I am getting out and experiencing some of the wonders Florence has to offer, I am also finding quite a bit of wonder in graduate school. We are ramping up for the big final project, and being with such a diverse group is definitely stimulatingContinue Reading Updates and Travels…
Professor Stefano Mancuso often starts his talks with a slide and asks, “What do you see?” The slide is simple: a meadow surrounded by trees. The response? Almost always, “nothing”. Then he shows same meadow with two deer. “Now what do you see?” The public cries, “deer!” That “nothing” is the base of one ofContinue Reading Plant Blindness, Working on a Cure
Before a gathering of people in Finland, I was asked to describe one thing I have learned from the plant world that has profoundly transformed my life. I looked across the room to asses from the faces just how much of my personal journey to reveal. Most of my life is public, but some parts are still a work in progress.