As we approach 2020

As we approach 2020, with all the suffering and violence in the world, with the confusion spread by our “smart” phones, by platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I wonder what is most important, and it’s gradually becoming clear. Albert Einstein once said, “the significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” Humanity is at a turning … Continue reading As we approach 2020

In Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa

We arrived in Tshwane (Pretoria) last night and are here until tomorrow night when we fly back to the United States. Our focus is on next steps in our Germicidal UV research. One thing that came up today is the importance of high quality public education. South Africa is beset by poverty, joblessness, and income inequality. The only way to rectify these crises is a major investment … Continue reading In Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa

Happy Birthday Shinichi Suzuki

It’s the birthday of Shinichi Suzuki, born in Nagoya, Japan (1898). He’s the man who developed the Suzuki Violin Method, a way of teaching very young children to play classical music by listening and imitating, the way they learn to speak. His father had a violin factory, and he and his brothers and sisters thought that violins were like boxes, that they were just toys; they never heard … Continue reading Happy Birthday Shinichi Suzuki

Bob Moses here in Boston

It was a powerful evening tonight at the Museum of African-American History with a lecture by legendary civil rights activist Bob Moses. Among the most salient parts of his talk were his emphasis on understanding American history’s three eras, from 1787 to the 1860s, from the 1860s to 1960s, and from the 1960s to present, and his argument that as a country we “lurch forwards and backwards.” Because of recent events … Continue reading Bob Moses here in Boston

Henry Molaison in the New Digital Age

Henry Molaison was born in 1926 in Connecticut, and became one of the most famous patients in the history of medicine.  At the age of 7, Molaison was the victim of a bicycle accident, and as a result had severe traumatic brain injury, with intractable epileptic seizures. In 1953, he underwent brain surgery, and had his bilateral medial temporal lobes removed.  As a result of the surgery, his … Continue reading Henry Molaison in the New Digital Age

Returning to Brown for my 10th Reunion

Last weekend, I returned to Brown University for my 10th college reunion. It was a meaningful, action packed weekend. A few highlights: Friday night: Campus Dance was marred by a cold rain, but that didn’t stop alumni and students from enjoying themselves. Saturday: Beverly Wade Hogan, President of Tougaloo College, was awarded an honorary diploma. President Hogan has devoted her career to improving the health and well-being of … Continue reading Returning to Brown for my 10th Reunion