• Recipes,  Uncategorized

    No Bake Cheesecake

    THE GIANTS WON THE WORLD SERIES! That may not be relevant to this post at all, but I needed to put it out there because this is such a great day. Here is an easy adaptation of Julia Child’s no bake cheesecake recipe. Ingredients: 1.5 C graham cracker crumbs 6 T butter (unsalted) 2 T sugar + 1/4 C sugar 8 ounce cream cheese at room temp 1 T vanilla extract 1 C whipping cream juice of half a lemon Recipe: 1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, 2 T sugar, and melted butter. Press evenly into a pie pan and  refrigerate. 2. Use the whisk attachment to whip the heavy cream…

  • Science,  Uncategorized

    Face distortion!

    Exciting news!!! My first coauthor paper came out today in Journal of Neuroscience. It’s pretty cool to feel like I’m actually starting to become a “real scientist.” The paper describes the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electrocorticography (ECoG), and electrical brain stimulation (EBS) to study the area of the brain involved in facial recognition. Here are a few relevant links: The Journal of Neuroscience News Coverage: Stanford Press Release with embedded video link Huffington Post SF Chronicle (front page!) ABC News Time!

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    Review: Oyamel (DC)

    This past weekend I had the pleasure of eating at one of Jose Andres’ restaurants, Oyamel, in DC. Jose Andres is a James Beard award winning chef from Spain who is credited with advancing the tapas (small plate) movement in the US. I’ve eaten at some of his other restaurants before in Las Vegas and DC, but Oyamel far surpassed the others. First off, I absolutely loved the decor and feeling of the Oyamel. It was warm and friendly with bold colors. There were orange flowers covering the ceiling and intricate Oaxacan carved animals on display. I wish I had taken a picture of the peacock hanging off the side…

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    SFN 2012

    I’ve been in new orleans for the past week at the Society for Neuroscience 2012 Annual meeting. This is my fourth SFN meeting and as per usual it didn’t disappoint. There were tons of great posters & talks, ridiculously long lines for coffee, bad conference center food, and people sprawled along every hallway on their laptops. One very exciting thing about this year’s meeting was that I presented a first author poster!! It was really great to hear encouraging feedback from scientists from around the world and talk to inquisitive and insightful people in a variety of neuroscientific disciplines. The collaborative nature of the conference really is a special feel-…

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    Pumpkin Cupcakes

    So first off, sorry for the huge blogging lag. Basically I’ve been spending a bunch of time trying to move my website from tumblr to wordpress (with the help of an amazing task rabbit) and getting ready for my upcoming trip to New Orleans for the Society for Neuroscience conference. I’m really excited to go to NOLA because a) I’ve never been before and b) I absolutely love creole flavors and cannot wait to try them at the authentic local spots. YUM! Anyway, here’s a really good recipe for some pumpkin cupcakes with cheesecake frosting. It’s loosely based off the recipe from Martha Stewart  but I tried to change it up to make…

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