I am thankful for any readers of this blog, but have always wanted to reach out more, to discuss Microbial Supremacy, Overwhelming Microbial Goodness (OMG), and Matters Microbial in general. Someday, I would like to write a book. Any guesses as to the title I am thinking of? Pretty obvious, really.
On campus, I am thought to be a little monomaniacal on the subject (okay, a lot; guilty as charged). But it was a fairly local phenomenon, with job interviews in the old days, a campus talk, and few presentations to interested parents. Once I was able to do a little preaching of the One True Microbial Faith at the American Society of Microbiology General Meeting in San Francisco...but that was sadly a few years ago now.
Recently I was asked to be interviewed by the great folks at People Behind the Science. Dr. Marie McNeely had a very nice discussion with me in late July, and that interview appears here. Here is another link:
I had a lot of fun, and readers will hear some stories I have related on this blog, such as how I became dubbed a "Microbial Supremacist," and my Richard Feynman story about how to find the right direction to pursue in science.
In all, I was able to talk a little bit about my history, about teaching, about science, and other things about which I am quite passionate. Many students I see are willing to "settle," not strive; I hope to encourage them to have a farther intellectual reach, and a richer life.
People Behind the Science is a great podcast, with some truly fabulous interviews (I will not judge my own effectiveness). Scientists from everywhere in science talk about what motivates and excites them; their enthusiasm is concrete and memorable, in podcast after podcast.
I highly recommend you take a listen---it's free!