Apr 032012

Joel Stein wrote an annoying little article in the New York Times recently where he castigated adults for reading YA fiction. I would rebut his article in detail, but a much better writer than I has already done so. Indeed, he did it 60 years ago. I repeat it here for your benefit.

Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

– C. S. Lewis

Oct 052007
It’s sometimes said that constructing the right figure for your paper is an art, and on occasion that statement really proves to be accurate. Thus it is that I present to you postdoctoral fellow Ming Lei’s masterwork “Improperly Parameterized Adenylate Kinase Dynamics Overlay” – electrons on magnetic media, 2007.

For those who are interested, this was meant to be an overlay of many snapshots of Adk from a molecular dynamics simulation, on its way from an open state to a closed state. Doro wanted some motion blur on it, but before he got to that point Ming accidentally created this view, which I feel has its own artistic merits. Biophysics departments in need of a computational researcher, or art departments in search of a fresh voice, should be aware that Dr. Lei is a skilled visionary with several high-profile publications on the way, and would be a fabulous addition to any faculty.