Well, it’s finally out. The New York Times is running a story on the Green Neuro Lab today that covers some of our research and aims:
The response so far has been amazing. Within the first hour we started getting emails from students and neuroscientists from all over the world that want to see change. It’s very encouraging. Thanks for all the emails and calls. We’re working to get back to everyone. We’ll also try and answer some of the questions on the science and the Green Neuro principles that we’ve been getting — that will be the next blog post.
The story has been in preparation for over a year. John Markoff, senior science writer for the NYT, has been researching the lab since the fall of 2013. He started by visiting our San Diego lab and then, last spring, tracked us down at Menlo Park while we were doing an experimental run at Beamline 2-3 at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. We weren’t sure how Markoff would get across that we’re integrating factors ranging from the basic science of the elemental and structural foundations of the brain, to environmental and social justice concerns. Would he be able to convey that we are using techniques as seemingly disparate as embodied neural network modeling, synchrotron imaging, EEG analysis and art? Would he appreciate that all of this research points to critical questions like autonomy and spurious definitions of normalcy? Well, in the end he understood it all and got it across. Thank you John Markoff for taking the time to so carefully look into and understand our research and aims.
Also thanks to NYT photographer Emily Berl who spent an afternoon at the lab taking pictures of our meeting and research.
A big thanks also to all our students, collaborators and supporters that make this lab possible!
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Elan and Ann