Science is a symphony. For millennia, we’ve listened to the intricate sounds of the universe – observing and recording, trying to hear the rhythm, the melodies, harmonies and cadence – trying to decipher the language of everything. With an insatiable appetite for the sounds of everything around us, we now, for the first time in the history of life as its known to us, stand prepared to make music of our own. We’re going to borrow notes, sample melodies and infringe on cosmic copyrights, but we’re going to make noise. I’m going to listen, to hear, to take in and reflect and try to learn the language of these sounds, with the intention of one day becoming a composer of serenades and and great symphonies. I mean to build something, to make noise, to practice and give the world around me new songs to hear and enjoy and share and to draw inspiration from. I mean to live forever through the echoes of my compositions – my contributions to science and for science, and for the endless parade of scientists and thinkers, dreamers, investigators and explorers that will follow us in our love of understanding.
Welcome to my mind. It’s my hope to use this blog to not only share my own thoughts and ideas, but also to gather some of yours. I’ll do my best to update this regularly, and while I don’t promise to be eloquent at all times, I’ll do my best to be clear, concise and complete in my writing. Those aren’t typically adjectives used to describe my writing, but I promise to make the effort.
My name is Alex and I am a scientist. I do science. I’ve been studying genetics, genomics and microbiology at Michigan State University for three-and-a-half years now, and have been working as a researcher for almost as long. The truth is that I think I’ve been a scientist for as long as I can remember, which is to say that I’ve been taking a scientific approach to addressing questions throughout my life. Life itself is what fascinates me, and so genetics became the focus of my studies. There’s a lot I don’t understand, but want to, and so my hope is that through communicating with some of you, perhaps I can help fill the gaps and develop a deeper understanding of life (the universe, and everything).
I hope to contribute interesting thoughts and get some in return. I’m looking forward to it.