Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I enjoy being creative, loving, humorous, and life-affirming.
I long for mellow summer days where I can embrace the beauty of
blue skies and balmy heat. I'm very pleased that summer is slowly
arriving in the Bay Area.
My library is a portmanteau of novels, science, history and
politics, and travel guides. And, of course, the New Yorker's
cartoons and tart social satire. (This has to be juxtaposed by my
recent gesture to the conservative side by subscribing to The
I enjoy cooking feasts redolent with European and Asian flavors and
scents so that I can relive my travel experiences (without the
Often you will find me wandering down the street admiring (and
perhaps mocking) the Berkeley or San Franscisco experiences (such
as intriguing art cars or extraordinary street "artists").
When dance companies such as Mark Morris or the American Ballet
Theater visit town, I'm invariably watching in the audience. If
there's an art exhibition on, I'll be in the crowd, with the Asian
Art Museum and SF MOMA being my local choices.
And I love to exchange reviews of books that I've just read, or
foreign films that I've seen, particularly over delicious dishes or
unusual teas from Asia.
But I also have misspent moments where I dedicate myself to
bicycling, bird-watching, and hiking in the beautiful parks of the
East Bay and beyond.
I am imaginative, irreverent, and tactile
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I work on researching (and teaching...) environmental policy and
politics, trying to come up with ideas for protecting our
environment and human health, and to help advance sustainable
technologies such as green chemistry and electric cars. I also work
on making our food system more sustainable (such as figuring out
how to diversify farms).
I also spend much time making (or savoring) art, especially clay
sculptures based on my memories of nature, people's faces,
goddesses from many cultures worldwide, and endangered
I like to bring different people together over dinner parties and
indulge in satisfying, veering conversation.
And I contribute a few of my skills to community groups/NGOs such
as Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Thinking up ironic statements.
Finding missing pieces for a jigsaw puzzle.
Using my right hand to write; my left hand to sculpt.
Deciphering many different types of handwriting.
Recalling books and artists in conversation.
Honoring my promises to people.
Finding reasons to turn work into play (literally).
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
A warm or impish smile depending on the day.
"Good bone structure" in my face according to a woman friend who
runs a sustainable cosmetics business. (I was puzzled by this. I
still have much to learn about the world.)
I usually have a book in hand, whether it be a novel or a policy
My egregious lack of a tie (having long adopted the west coast
culture after being a lawyer for a few years).
Perhaps I'll be toussled from a yoga class at the Yoga Mandala
There might just be clay splotches on my trousers or glazes marks
on my hands if I've just come from the studio.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: I am a long-time Jane Austen aficionado and can quote from
her books liberally. I read all kinds of non-fiction and novels; my
bed table usually has a few books in progress. Some of my all-time
worshipped authors include: Albert Camus, DH Lawrence, John
Steinbeck, and Amitav Ghosh. (I was overjoyed to visit the
Steinbeck museum in Salinas recently.) Guilty pleasures for
enjoying under trees or on flights include science fiction and
detective novels. Sometimes I will add poetry to nourish my spirit:
Pablo Neruda, WB Yeats, Wordsworth, Czeslow Milocsz, for example.
(I occasionally make ceramic murals inspired by poems.)
Films: I am passionate enough to have gone to the Berlin Film
Festival three years ago. My film awakening began when I saw A
Woman on The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown as a naive undergraduate
after the end of exams early one summer. Since then, I have savored
hundreds of stimulating, sometimes inept, sometimes effervescent
films that have expanded my perspectives greatly. The maxim that
you can experience human life in its fullness through the film
medium is accurate! Abbas Kierostami, the Chinese New Wave films
such as Raise the Red Lantern, Alfred Hitchcock's films, Satajit
Ray's Apu Trilogy, My Life as a Dog, Jeanne Moreau's films, Sex,
Lies and Videotape, Michelangelo Antonelli's films, Babette's
Feast, and Pedro Almodovar's films are ornaments. I hardly watch TV
- but when I do, I favor BBC/PBS shows such as Charles Dickens or
Jane Austen dramatizations.
In terms of food, I'd much rather concoct my own! However, I
happily go venturing to restaurants and tapa bars if there's
delicious food and conversation to be had. I favor Thai and
Vietnamese dishes for their succulent tastes. Risotto has emerged
as a major component of my diet, and I experiment with different
ingredients. As a sustainable seafood researcher, I try to live up
to the Seafood Watch card, but don't always succeed. (Being too
virtuous isn't that good!) I enjoy wandering around sustainable and
organic food stalls at markets. Red wines are an essential feature
of a well-balanced diet.
I'm also an art aficionado,
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Back rubs. Real books. Clay in my hands. Humor. Ginger tea.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Not just work. Constantly thinking about work issues doesn't
enhance my life that much. While I'll be found musing on research
challenges, I'll also be found reading a novel when I really should
be laboring. My justification is that I'm no one-track mind!
What I'll make in the studio later on. Lately, I've entered a whale
tail making phase, following an owl-making stage. How to capture
the spaciousness of the summer sky in a mural is my great
How to coax uninterested students in the back of the room into
contributing to class discussion. It's a great mystery how I can
cajole facebook-studying students into wanting to know more about
the environment... Fortunately there are many inspiring students
for whom I have much time.
Friends and what they are experiencing in their lives: delights,
tragedies, exploits, babies, frustration.
My fantasies of learning to wind surf in Costa Rica, hike in
Patagonia, make clay pieces with traditional Chinese potterers, and
disappearing on a sailboat in the Aegean Sea.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Ideally, out exploring cultural or food experiences: attending the
art and music of the De Young Museum; hanging out at a friend's
dinner party; playing board games and attempting to win; engaging
in conversation over delicious wine. Sometimes, hiking in a park or
along the beach to watch the evening arrive.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I take the Jane Austen stance here.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
If you enjoy long conversations, perhaps you'd like to stop by my
cafe table and introduce me to the latest novel you're reading, or
the latest film you saw. In return, I'll tell you about my
You think there's nothing better than to have a superb dinner party
where opinions fly and wine oozes. Or perhaps you'd like to entice
me into sampling your cooking confections that you enjoy bestowing
on your friends and family.
You'd like to join in dancing with me, being tranquil but swaying
And you might want to join me on visits to the Asian Art Museum, or
to don sunscreen and a hat for a rejuvenating weekend hike.
You might be interested in dressing up, now and then, in the
inimitable style that Audrey Hepburn once used to.
If you can wield a Elizabeth Bennet-style sense of humor against me
- irony and playfulness - that will be very serious!
And if you enjoy waking up, sometimes, in unfamiliar places and
seeing new cultures, that would be all the more intriguing.
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