Brains and Bourbon Archive

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"Brains and Bourbon" is a show about cocktails and neuroscience. Each week, we invite a neuroscientist to discuss the process and motivation behind their science, and to share their favorite cocktail with us.

Episode 3: Egle Cekanavicitue

Our guest this week is Egle Cekanaviciute, a 5th year graduate student in Marion Buckwalter's lab, who teaches us how to make a Sazerac, and talks to us about teaching, neuroinflammation, and brain parasites and zombie mice!

This is the SHORT version of this episode, which includes the following sections:

Introducing Egle Cekanaviciute: 0:00-0:38
Making a Sazerac: 0:38-2:45
Early life in Lithuania: 2:45-5:29
Egle the polymath:: 5:29-8:15
Studying shamans in the Amazon: 8:15-11:40
Teaching: 11:40-17:32
Not My Field: 17:32-21:06
Immune response in the brain: 21:06-26:43
Goodbye and end credits: 26:43-27:26

This is the FULL version of the episode, which includes the following sections:

Introducing Egle Cekanaviciute: 0:00-0:38
Making a Sazerac: 0:38-2:45
Early life in Lithuania: 2:45-7:10
Life as an immigrant in the U.S.: 7:10-8:07
Making it work at Harvard: 8:07-10:56
Egle the polymath: 10:56-13:48
Studying shamans in the Amazon: 13:48-17:12
Culturally defined neuroscience?: 17:12-19:09
Shamans in the western cultures: 19:09-21:00
Teaching: 21:00-27:10
Not My Field: 27:10-30:44
Immune response in the brain: 30:44-36:21
Brain parasites and zombie mice: 36:21-41:57
"R" is for "radio": 41:57-43:07
Goodbye and end credits: 43:07-43:50

Episode 2: George Vidal

This week, our guest is George Vidal, a 4th year graduate student in Carla Shatz's lab here at Stanford, who talks to us about neuronal plasticity, and the intersection of science and religion, and shares with us his favorite cocktail, green Chartreuse.

This is the SHORT version of the interview, which includes the following sections:

Introducing George Vidal 0:00-1:09
Making green Chartreuse 1:09-3:54
What is neuronal plasticity? 3:54-5:59
Structural plasticity and spine motility 5:59-10:54
The role of PirB on plasticity 10:54-12:53
Not My Field 12:53-16:53
Science and religion, and the future Father Vidal 16:53-23:22
Goodbye and end credits 23:22-24:28

This is the FULL version of the interview, which includes the following sections:

Introducing George Vidal 0:00-1:09
Making green Chartreuse 1:09-3:54
What is neuronal plasticity? 3:54-6:08
Structural plasticity and spine motility 6:08-13:30
Are learning, memory, and plasticity the same thing? 13:30-15:52
The role of PirB on plasticity 15:52-17:51
George describes his first experiment 17:51-20:22
Not My Field 20:22-28:25
Science and religion, and the future Father Vidal 28:25-39:30
Goodbye and end credits 39:30-40:10

Episode 1: Nick Steinmetz

Our first guest is Nick Steinmetz, a 6th year graduate student in Kwabena Boahen and Tirin Moore’s labs here at Stanford, who talks to us about attention and monkeys, and shows us how to make an Old Fashioned cocktail.

You have a brain and you like to drink, so come sit down and have a drink with us.