“When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer
where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
-Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
Neurons to Nebulae is a blog written and published by Alexa Erdogan. Originally intended to document her experiences with academia, the platform has since evolved into a safe space to flex her scientific and cultural communication skills.
Alexa’s scientific background includes experience as a molecular and cellular biologist and training as a molecular neuroscientist. During her time as an undergraduate researcher, she worked to contribute to a better understanding of the role that microglial cells play in ischemic preconditioning. Now, as a Master’s student in Space Studies, she is actively combining her experience in neuroscience with the realm of outer space to better understand the impacts of long term spaceflight on neurological systems.
Outside of academia, she writes and produces the Synapse Science Podcast, which has recently wrapped up its first season. Thanks to positive feedback and support for the show, the podcast is gearing up for a second season in the near future. More of her science communication work can be found on her online portfolio.
Updates on the blog and the podcast, as well as other posts on science and science communication, can be found on her Twitter (@neurostellar).
Header image: Attributed to Mr. Pierre Mahou, Dr. Emmanuel Beaurepaire, and Dr. Karine Loulier, Ecole Polytechnique.
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