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Master's thesis

The Connectome: A Unifying Boundary Object in Neuroscience 

In this thesis, I argue that the connectome is a unifying boundary object in neuroscience. In the first chapter, I show that the dual realness and construction of scientific objects paves the way for the robustness and plasticity of boundary objects, a specific kind of scientific object. These two sets of qualities make up the first and second tier dualities of my thesis argument. In the second chapter, I argue that a third tier duality -- the unity and autonomy of neuroscience’s fields -- comes about through the collaboration of researchers from all walks of the discipline to describe the connectome. In the conclusion, I paralleled the connectome's role in neuroscience with the gene's role as a unifying boundary object in 20th century biology. I also discuss how my conclusions concerning the connectome and the gene may be broadened into a theory about the development of all scientific disciplines -- namely, that a more mature discipline’s methodology for explanation may lay the foundation for a younger discipline’s methodology for description, which may then lay the groundwork for explanation in that younger discipline at a later stage. In other words, I argue that disciplines may unify twice: first around a methodology for structural description and again around a methodology for functional explanation. Download my full thesis here.

FEMS Microbiology Ecology

S. Duperron, D. De Beer, M. Zbinden, A. Boetius, V. Schipani, N. Kahil, F. Gaill, "Molecular characterization of bacteria associated with the trophosome and the tube of Lamellibrachia sp., a siboglinid annelid from cold seeps in the eastern Mediterranean," FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 69, Issue 3, 3 August 2009, Pages 395–409, https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6941.2009.00724.x


Doudna’s Confidence in CRISPR’s Research Potential Burns Bright

Scientific American

Prediction of Climate Change Impacts Not as "Limited" as Tillerson Suggest

Politicians' Most Bogus Science-Related Claims of 2016

Trump's Dubious Drought Claims


Is there a link between media violence and mass shootings?

FactChecking Science Claims in 2017

Fact-checking Trump’s speech on Paris climate agreement

Scott Pruitt on climate change, again

Trump’s dubious drought claims

Trump on hairspray and ozone

Sarah Palin ‘as much a scientist’ as Bill Nye?

The Huffington Post 

Hillary Clinton Is Wrong On Marijuana Research

Congressman Falsely Claims Study ‘Confirms The Halt In Global Warming’

A Conspiracy Theory Links The Gates Foundation To The Spread Of Zika Virus. 

Donald Trump’s Dubious Drought Claims Explained


Could Climate Change Really Help Farmers?

Is Bacon Really Better For You Than Tilapia?

Can Opioid Addiction Be Cured?


The Truth About Media Violence

The Year in Misleading Science Claims

One Last Look: The Candidates on Climate and Energy


The Facts on Human-Animal Chimeras

Does Glyphosate Cause Cancer?

CO2: Friend or Foe to Agriculture?

Scientific Evidence and the EU Court

Can Opioid Addiction Be Cured?

The Facts on Chlorpyrifos

Has Autism Prevalence Increased?

To Be or Not to Be a Wolf

Does Zika Cause Blindness?

Unpacking Pot’s Impact in Colorado

Trump on Torture

Debate Over Gay Blood Donations

False Claims About Flint Water

Inhofe Misleads on Bees

False Claims about ‘Frankenfish’

Cruz’s ‘Pseudoscientific’ Climate Claims

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Immunology Gone Wild


Science Funding Angst: Is Rhetoric Masking What's Really at Stake?
Ebola Preparedness Starts with Dispelling Fear
Minding Replication, Mending Publication
When Real Science Falls Short in Hollywood
The Science of Sleep, The Sleep of Scientists
The Day When Science is Truly Open


From Magic to Quantum Machines
The Beauty of Numbers
Addicted to Dopamine
Searching for Simplicity
Interdisciplinary Innovator
The Social Life of Electrons
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The Mindless Machine, circa 1664
Alternative Agriculture
Character Flaws?

Variety, the spice of immunology
Atlas of the atmosphere
Are monkeys self-aware?

Protease inhibitors: from clinic to canvas
Brain paintings 
Ruffling feathers
Science and magic
Maggot Monets

Strong immunity=low fertility
Dad's genes affect dominance
Cancer pilfers cell powerhouse
Friends of a feather
Normal today, cancer tomorrow
IVF pioneer earns Nobel


The Many Mindless Murders Of The Great Auk
All About The Love

For a Love of Moisturiser and David Bowie
Ode to Nature's Fuzzy Balls
The Exponential Curve of Caribou


The Virtual Forest

Out of Sight
Wild About Hairy

Sailing to Save the Seas
Mapping Microbes
Prince of Peptides
The Call of the Wild
Olympic Leftovers
Q&A with Author Ralph Lombreglia


Urban Beekeeping: Nectar Over Politics
Some Day, There Will Be Spring: Rooting DC



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