Is There a Doctor in the House?

Hi Everyone.  Sorry for the lack of posts over the past few days, but I’ve been on the road.

Dr. Levin

This past weekend I accompanied my wife to Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, where she successfully defended her PhD dissertation in Neuroscience.  It’s been a long 7 years and a lot of late nights, but she finally did it and I could not be prouder.  I was able to sit through the public portion of the defense and although I still have a great deal of trouble following along it is hard not to be humbled by the amount of time and effort that went into this project.  I know we historians like to think that we explain things, but the good folks in the science world really do EXPLAIN the world around us.  [Here is the abstract for Michaela’s most recent publication in the Journal of Neurophysiology, which outlines her project.]  It’s unfortunate that so much of our public discourse centers on the kind of science popularized by Oliver Sacks, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and others.  I don’t mean to diminish their contributions, but their books do not reflect the daily grind that takes place in laboratories across the country.

Crater Book

On Monday I had a conference call with the marketing staff at the University Press of Kentucky.  As it stands, the book should be in their wearhouse by mid-June and available on the shelves one or two weeks later. A few of you have asked if books will be available at this year’s Gettysburg CWI conference.  It’s going to be a close call.  As an incentive you can now purchase the book with a 40% discount.  Just click through the image in the sidebar and use the code at the point of purchase.

…and thanks to the 18 people who have already ordered it.

12 comments… add one
  • John Maass May 30, 2012 @ 4:51

    Will there be a CSPAN appearance for you related to the book? if so please let us all know.

    • Kevin Levin May 30, 2012 @ 4:53

      Hi John,

      Nice to hear from you. Nothing scheduled at this point.

  • John Hennessy May 24, 2012 @ 10:45

    This is just further proof that Kevin married WAY up the DNA chain.

    • Michaela May 24, 2012 @ 16:45

      John, That would make me Kevin’s promoter; ) And it would be proof that, to perfectly work together, we are inseparable. I like that: ) Thank you for the great celebration. It was so much fun seeing you guys!!

  • Woodrowfan May 23, 2012 @ 5:51

    Congratulations to Dr. Levin, and to her family for all the support I know they gave!!!

  • Rob Baker May 23, 2012 @ 4:04


  • James F. Epperson May 22, 2012 @ 18:51

    C’mon, Kevin, the abstract of her article is perfectly clear 😉

    Congratulations to you both.

    • Michaela May 24, 2012 @ 16:46

      Thank you: ) I think it is not the abstract but Figure 5 a that Kevin has a problem with…; )

  • Keith Harris May 22, 2012 @ 18:12

    Congratulations Michaela!

    • Kevin Levin May 22, 2012 @ 18:22

      What about me, Keith? I had to live through it. There should be a support group for spouses of PhD candidates. 🙂

      • John Buchanan May 23, 2012 @ 12:57

        They do, Kevin.

        And it’s called Buffalo Wild Wings or Hooters! I had to use O’Malleys…Doctor of Nursing.

        Please pass to Doctor Levin my heartiest congratulations!

    • Michaela May 22, 2012 @ 18:30

      Thank you, Keith! And thank you Kevin for the beautiful post: )

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