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My self-summary
I'm a research scientist, a science-fiction fan, a liberal, a (board) gamer, a knitter, part of the SCA, and an all-around geek.

Also, I'm a transplant from the Midwest.
What I’m doing with my life
At the moment, I'm researching enzyme dynamics at Yale using advanced NMR techniques. In the future, I'm hoping to find a research position, either in academia or industry.
I’m really good at
Quantitative data analysis. If you want someone to look at a data set and tell you new ways to analyze it and ways your measurements aren't quantitative, I'm your girl. I'm not bad at studying reaction kinetics or NMR analysis, either.

Um, you mean things you might actually care about? That's harder to specify. Writing. Conversations. I also play a decent game of Dominion.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair, I suspect. It's strawberry blonde, though at this point the "strawberry" is starting to be more of a legacy than a color. I'm probably going to go bleach blond long before I go gray.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite Books:
_The Fifth Elephant_
_Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality_ (which is technically fanfiction, I suppose, but far better than the actual books)
_Perdido Street Station_ and _The Scar_
_The Poisoner's Handbook_
_How to Cook Everything_ (because I swear by the Bittman)

Favorite Shows:
_Battlestar Galactica_ (for three and a half seasons; the show was unfortunately canceled two-thirds through the final episode)
_Buffy the Vampire Slayer_ (mainly for the first three seasons)
_Mad Men_
_The Rachel Maddow Show_ (which I listen to in podcast form semi-religiously)
_Cosmos_ (because it's awesome)

Favorite Podcasts:
* The Maddow Show
* The Bible Geek
* Hardcore History
* Strong Towns
* The Memory Palace

Favorite Games (because, honestly, with the possible exception of "Inception", I haven't seen a movie that really impressed me in awhile):
* Pandemic
* Dominion (plus any of the expansions besides Alchemy)
* Carcassonne
* Agricola
The six things I could never do without
… my kittens, some kind of research, people to talk to, a few engaging hobbies, and my iPhone.

That's five, because my iPhone is a cell phone AND a GPS system. I'm not sure how we survived without both of them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
science. Also, politics, whatever science fiction or fantasy novel I'm currently reading, whatever podcasts I'm listening to, and whatever debate is currently raging on the Internets.

And science.

Also, given the nature of my research, whether heavy water tastes much different from regular water. And whether it is possible to distinguish between isotopically labeled compounds on scent alone.

Still science.
On a typical Friday night I am
... ideally, having dinner with friends or meeting up to play board games. (Not so ideally, catching up on sleep.)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I named my kittens after characters in the Wheel of Time novels.

I have a stupid number of trashy historical romance novels on my Kindle. Mind-fluff is the only way I survived writing my dissertation.

Every few weeks, I do medieval reenactment: I dress up in handmade garb and sit outside and knit while full-grown men in armor hit each other or learn about yet another fiber arts-related hobby I will never have time for. We don't use Ye Olde English, though. That would just be silly.

Also, I don't have a car -- in part because I'm a terrible, very paranoid driver. (Also, having lived in college towns for most of my adult life, I've come to love walking. I'll be miserable if or when I have to move to a city that's totally car-dependent.) If that's a dealbreaker for you, don't message me.
You should message me if
… you're geeky, a gamer, or up-to-date on the scientific literature. And a liberal. Or just bored.

My one major dealbreaker is reproductive rights. Don't support them, don't message me.