A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.
– Grace Murray Hopper (adapted from John Augustus Shedd)

Research Scientist


My days were filled with pipetting small volumes of liquids from one tube to another. My research focused on a novel reaction of the chemical, BrdU (bromodeoxyuridine), on the growth of cancer cells and the p53 molecular pathway in tumor hypoxia (low oxygen environment).

Director of Education

2009 – Present

I created the Department of Education at SparkFun Electronics in January 2011. Our goal is to change the way students engage with science and technology by providing a modern and relevant toolbox. We provide the tools and training for informal and formal educators to bring the hacker/maker/DIY culture to the classroom.


1981 – Present

Stories bring humans together – it’s one of the ways we make sense of the world around us. I enjoy helping people tap into their imagination to build projects – virtual or physical – that tell a story. The idea of storytelling as it relates to scientific information and data is of particular interest to me.

Recent Posts

Academic Divorce

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Dissecting Homeoprophylaxis

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neurdy goes to the White House!

Admittedly, not the exact view we had after passing through four layers of security checkpoints to attend the Science Fair. If you ever want...

Data Raconteurs

The city of Longmont has opened its data collected around things like schools, crime maps and bike routes. I’ve had an idea for awhi...