Went to undergrad at the University of Iowa (raised in Iowa as well), and now working on a PhD in molecular biophysics. I'm studying antibiotic resistance in bacteria. If anyone wants to know more, message me!
Music - Classical and Jazz; I like complexity in music. I play clarinet (as my user name implies) and saxophone -- each for over a decade -- and I am trying to learn more instruments. I like listening to both live music and recordings. I'm learning to appreciate music written since ~1960, but it's a slow process.
Movies & TV - Haven't been to a movie theater in this millennium, haven't actively followed a TV show since high school. (I did see most of the last season of Breaking Bad, but none of the rest of the show! I am working on watching Avatar: the Last Airbender, and am amazed at its quality.)
Food - I'll eat just about anything. I particularly enjoy Asian (Chinese, Thai, Korean, Indian) and Mediterranean (Italian, Greek) cuisines. I really enjoy food in general.
2.) Science. I'm a logical person, and I'm always curious about what I don't know. It's especially cool when I'm learning something that no one else knows, which is the goal of scientific research. I also like trying to solve problems, which is all that science really is!
3.) Clarinet (or saxophone, or music in general). I really enjoy playing music, especially after a long day of (trying to do) scientific research. It works the other side of my brain, and it's a lot of fun to do, especially after I get a piece down.
4.) Books. I love to learn. Even trashy mysteries teach me something (like how not to write a mystery novel).
5.) Sleep. I sleep a lot. I regularly sleep well past noon on the weekend.
6.) My iPhone. I'm addicted to the thing. Playing games, checking my email, texting, I'm can't put the thing down! (My new iPad is doubly bad!)
Obviously, my friends and family (and family friends) are super-important. But they aren't things; they're people...
- The Mozart Clarinet Concerto (and other clarinet and saxophone pieces)
- Did I forget to do something today?
- What I should get for lunch/dinner.
- Where I'll be in a few years.
As I am reserved by nature, I tend to not message people, so feel free to start the conversation!