Mar. 3rd, 2011

mijan: (Real McCoy)
So I was doing my usual morning routine -  drinking my coffee while I check my work e-mail, respond to important messages, check my schedule, and then do a quick check of headlines on CNN.  I typically check the main page, the US news, World news, Technology, and then the Health news.  90% of the "Health" news is mindless dribble, but every so often there's a fascinating new study gets posted.  Even though CNN's analysis of the study is usually pathetic, I'll at least hear that the study HAPPENED, and then I can go find the actual paper in a medical journal or publication.  And sometimes, one story links to another story on another news site about medical research.

Today, I found this:
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/feb/28/news/la-heb-alzheimers-from-your-mother-is-worse-20110228

I clicked on the article, and it said that the work was done by researchers here at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  Yeah, that's where I work.  And I know some of the folks over in neurology... including one of my fellow Star Trek buddies.  And then I read this quote from the article:
"The researchers said they don’t know why Alzheimer’s appears to be more aggressive when inherited from one’s mother instead of one’s father. Perhaps it’s related to mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited only from one’s mother and which may be responsible for faulty glucose metabolism in brain tissue affected by Alzheimer’s, they wrote."

Russ, my Trekkie friend, works specifically on cellular metabolism as it relates to Alzheimer's and other degenerative neurological diseases.  That caught my attention.  So, I printed out a copy of the article and stopped by his office on my way back from doing a chemical inventory in another lab.  And lo and behold, it was his research! 

Russ is a sorta adjunct member of the USS Macchiato.  Busy man with a family, and thus he hasn't been to one of our get-togethers, but he's a true-blue, to-the-core Trekkie.  I named one of the characters from "Crossfire," the neurologist from Starfleet Medical "Admiral Swerdlow," after him, and now I call him the Admiral.  He seems to get a kick out of it.  I swear, the man is going to invent tri-ox compound, just so he can say that he did. 

He printed out a copy of the research paper so I can read it in full.  It's quite fascinating.

So... here's to a fellow Trekkie, doing great things!  I think Dr. McCoy would be proud.
mijan: (To Boldly Go...)
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Star Trek Meme
1. What is your favorite Star Trek movie? (not including STXI)?  It seriously depends on my mood.  Actually... "First Contact."  Yeah, TNG.  I got chills, and a little bit choked up, when I saw the first warp nacelles deploy.

2. What is your favorite scene in STXI? From the moment Bones says, "Look, Jim... I've gotta go," when he's supposed to leave for the Enterprise, to the moment he and Jim run onto the bridge.

3. When were you first introduced to the Star Trek franchise? i was raised by two Trekkies, so I don't remember a time when I didn't know about Star Trek.  I think I started watching TOS episodes when I was five.  Maybe younger.  And I started actively following TNG when I was seven.

4. Is there anything Star Trek around the room in which you're currently sitting? Oh fuck yeah.  Let's see... my Cadet McCoy action figure.  My model phaser.  A bunch of Star Trek jokes, comics, and memes that I printed out and posted on the wall.  And did I mention... this is my cubicle at work.

5. Vulcan ears are: A) cute, B) sexy, C) neither, D) both.  C) Neither.  They're very distinguished.

6. If you could be any other species than human in the Star Trek universe, you would be:  A member of the Q Continuum, please.  After that... Betazoid.

7. Which pet would you rather have: a sehlat or a tribble? Sehlat.  But really, could I have a Tarkazian Razor Beast?

8. Who might you cast in the role of reboot Nurse Chapel? Khan? Other reboot character?  Dude, don't ask me stuff like that.  

9. Kirk and Spock are: In TOS - the most epic romance ever. In XI? They've got a working relationship.

10. If you could give any Star Trek character a chance to be captain of the Enterprise, who would it be?  Scotty.  He's the only man who loves that ship as much as Kirk.

BONUS. Think fast! Give one Star Trek quote from memory: "In this galaxy, there's a mathematical probability of three-million Earth-type planets.  An in all of the universe, three million-million galaxies like our own.  And in all that, and perhaps more, only one of each of us.  Don't destroy the one named Kirk." - McCoy, TOS, "Balance of Terror"
"I bet you were a jumper."  - Guinan to Ensign Ro, TNG, "Rascals"
"Nice planet."  Worf, TNG, "Justice"
"I regret nothing."  Picard to Q, in bed, TNG, "Tapestry."
"The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth..." Picard to Wesley, TNG, "The First Duty"
"Do they have sandwiches there?" - Scotty, ST:XI

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