Nerdoscientist

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What is a “nerdoscientist”?

When people see my handle they often chuckle and say “that’s cute”.

But where did it come from?

“Back off, man.  I’m a scientist.” – Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters

I didn’t dream as a child of becoming a neuroscientist.  Actually, I wanted to be a fighter pilot, flying F-15s (I attribute this to growing up in the 80s).  But nerdoscientism found me.

I went into undergrad with plans of becoming a clinical psychologist. I majored in psychology; I worked in a clinical psychology lab (analyzing audio recordings of positive and negative communication in married couples).  I worked as a Psych Tech in a psych hospital. I volunteered on a crisis hotline.

But then I got the opportunity to work in a neuroscience lab studying the effects of estrogen on feeding behavior and exercise activity and immunohistochemistry.  And it was great.  It was an “ah-ha” moment.  I felt comfortable, intrigued… and obsessed.

And I’m told that obsession is the key to being a nerd, but that’s a discussion for another day.

I moved on to a graduate program at “a large Midwestern University” for a PhD in behavioral neuroscience. And there I dated a philosophy grad student who said to me when I called him from the Society for Neuroscience conference:

“Sounds like a bunch of Nerdo-scientists!”

And so it stuck.

Since then I got my Master’s and PhD. And then completed a postdoc studying nutraceuticals, like soy, on behavior and obesity at the ever so awesome leading smell and taste research center: Monell Chemical Senses Center.

Which led me to industry, where now I work at a CPG, or large Consumer Product Group where I bring neuroscience and psychology research into developing new products and advances in consumer science.

I’m a nerd.

I’m a scientist.

I’m a nerdoscientist.

2 comments on “What is a “nerdoscientist”?

  1. Katherine Ernst
    November 7, 2012

    Love it.

  2. nerdoscientist
    November 7, 2012

    Thanks Katie! Trying something new and hope to update with my thoughts on neuroscience research implications.

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