Tag: Lectures by Smart People

  • Speaking Tips from a Lecture on the Brains of Fruit Flies

    Have you ever wondered how a fruit fly thinks? Maybe?not! But chances are that you’ve wondered about your own brain. I attended a Janelia Farms “Dialogue of Discovery” called Taking Action: How Small Brains Make Big Choices. The scientist, Gwyneth Card, PhD, gave a dynamic presentation describing her research on the thought process of fruit…

  • The Environment & Your Health

    Everything is connected. Our actions created reactions and interactions between organisms. 24% of global disease is caused by avoidable environmental exposure, according to the World Health Organization. Pollutants don’t disappear because the garbage man comes on Tuesday. Perhaps you’ve heard thoughts such as these before. I know I have. Yet they’re easy to ignore. Who…

  • Breast Cancer Notes

    These notes are from a lecture by Dr Claudine Isaacs, who co-directs the Breast Cancer Program at Georgetown University. If you know something on the subject and I got something wrong, please correct me! It’s amazing that I put these notes aside for about a week and already I am not certain that I understood…

  • Bust a Gut

    Last night was “Gastroenterology: Clinical” at Georgetown Mini-medical school. Dr. Bruce Luxon was the presenter, and he had a perfect blend of expertise, good teaching method, and a relaxed attitude. He also had some amazing, gory films of endoscopies that were fascinating to see. We’re going to back up and cover more of the anatomy…

  • Stem Cells

    One of the great things about living near Washington DC is having access to something like Georgetown’s Mini-Medical School. My husband and I attended this a few years ago and have just started a new round. For eight evenings, on consecutive Tuesdays, we will listen to experts in various medical-related fields talk about the latest…