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About SubOptimist

I am an Associate Professor in the Science Department at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston. I teach introductory biology courses at both the majors and non-majors level in addition to microbiology. Previous to that I spent 7 years as a postdoctoral researcher on different viruses. While I don't miss being on the "grant treadmill", I think better when I write and miss writing up data for papers and grants; this blog helps me with that a little. And sometimes my kids' insanely funny and cute antics need to be shared with the world. Any view expressed in this blog is that of me personally and not Georgia Perimeter College or the GPC Clarkston Science Department.

Are extrinsic and intrinsic motivation relevant variables in learning?

Only cited 5 times in Google Scholar, but this study gets at some interesting ideas.  95 male college students are classified as  Type A or Type B according to the Framingham  Type A Scale (same Framingham as the heart study) … Continue reading

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Dendritic spine changes during aging

Morphology of neurons (length, # of spines) changes noticeably, not necessarily the actual number (several different animal models including human).  Caloric restriction doesn’t appear to change that outcome (2 studies in rats).  “Multiple studies in rats have shown exposure to … Continue reading

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Thinking about thinking Ft Mountain 2017 I

Years ago I became slightly obsessed with a 2009 MIT Open Course on teaching (here). At the time it felt (and still feels) like a vein of precious metal in a confusing and dark mine with many tunnels.  One of … Continue reading

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Small-minded

Project 1R21DE026700-01 funded by the National Institutes of Health is titled “MOLECULAR AND ANTIBODY DETECTION OF ZIKA VIRUS IN SALIVA AT THE POINT OF CARE”.  It will cost about $241,000 over 2 years. Trump has spent Apparently WE have already spent 40 … Continue reading

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Why Trump doesn’t have to worry about smallpox virus

Meet Alexander Langmuir.  He was the Director of the Epidemiology Branch of the CDC.  And then there was no smallpox infections on the planet.  Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Agency for International Development and the … Continue reading

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More not-in-the-Constitution garbage from NIH

In under 2 minutes, I found where the OCA2 gene is on my chromosomes at NIH’s Gene database.  Exact. Position.  This is the gene that, because I have two mutated copies, makes my eyes blue.  Chromosome 15, nucleotide blah blah … Continue reading

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Look at how the National Institutes of Health wastes your tax dollars.

The National Institutes of Health wastes our money by designing and maintaining Open-i,  a highly searchable database of over 3.7 million images from the medical literature for use by scientists and educators and uh, anyone.  The NIH gets its funding … Continue reading

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