My name is Danbee (단비), which in Korean means (literally) “sweet rain” and (idiomatically) “the first rain after a drought”. Many of my friends call me tauntaun, a nickname coined during my freshman year at MIT when I was part of the Musical Theater Guild’s production of Star Wars Trilogy: Musical Edition.
I spend a lot of time thinking about education, permaculture, circus, and humane living. I love being in the wilderness, especially in the mountains and by the sea.
I’m currently a PhD candidate in the 2013 cohort of the International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme, headquartered at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisboa, Portugal. I joined the Intelligent Systems Lab in Sept 2013 and moved with the lab to the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour in London, UK in 2015.
My research combines studies of cuttlefish, the philosophy of science, Perceptual Control Theory, and the evolution of “the brain” throughout time and in many species. In collaboration with NeuroGears, I build interactive art installations that both allow people to participate in field neuroscience experiments, and communicate science in fun and interesting ways. You can learn more at Every Mind Online.
I believe art has an important role in organising and building knowledge, as a tool for helping experts across specialities collaborate and share insights. Part of my neuroscience PhD thesis is written as a graphic novel called The First VIRS, and I’ve also written and performed a set of “science songs” about my neuroscience research. I’ve co-written and choreographed an original musical called Hack, Punt, Tool (you can watch the 2017 production on YouTube). I train and play as a musician, capoeirista, and VIRS (vigilante intergalactic roustabout scholar).
If you would like to get in touch, please tweet @taunbot or email me at danbee at alum dot mit dot edu.