My name is Sam Million-Weaver. I’m a Madison, Wisconsin-based science writer, recovering PhD microbiologist, outdoor enthusiast, endurance athlete, and a permanently positive individual.
I’m also an educator, an explorer, an inveterate coffee-snob, a fitness enthusiast, and a politically progressive patriot. Riding my bike halfway across the United States made me realize just how much I love this country and (most of) the people who live in it.
Right now I live in Madison, Wisconsin. Previously I spent 4 years in Seattle, Washington pursuing a (super-speedy) PhD in microbiology. My doctoral research concerned the consequences of replication-transcription conflicts on replication restart and genomic instability in the gram-positive model bacterial organism Bacillus subtilis.
While bacteria will always occupy a special place in my heart, I aspire to be a generalist and a jack-of-many trades. I enjoy the unique challenge of crafting an effectively worded, peer-reviewed article for technically-trained readers. However, my passions truly lie in communicating important scientific findings to broader audiences. You can find links to my published research manuscripts, as well as news articles written for public consumption in my Science Writing Page. I also blog about scientific topics that interest me, such as GMO in food and DNA dynamics.
When I’m not expanding my brain with science I love spending time outside and testing my endurance. Running, camping, skiing, swimming, hiking, and biking are my preferred prescriptions to chase away millennial angst and existential ennui.
I started this blog to document my training and facilitate fundraising for The Seattle Humane Society when I ran the the Tacoma City Marathon in May of 2014. I love running and racing; you can find links to posts I’ve written on my athletic endeavors on my Race Recaps Page.
Directly after defending my Ph.D. dissertation I made the completely reasonable decision to get on my bike and ride from Seattle, Washington to Steamboat, Colorado. The entire endeavor took me 20 days, and was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. I blogged about my adventures along the way; you can find the entire story from start to finish on my 20-Day Bicycle Tour Page.
As a totally type-A, endorphin-addicted, endurance fiend and exercise junkie, I’m very conscious of keeping my body running in top physical condition by fueling myself with delicious, nutritious, high quality food. I love to cook, and occasionally apply my skills at protocol development to come up with my own healthful haute cuisine. You can find links to my mischievous machinations in the kitchen at my Recipes Page.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope that you find my random ramblings riveting! If you have any questions, drop me a comment or find me on twitter. I’d love to chat! Life’s a great-big wonderful adventure. Remember to always keep the rubber side down, the sunny side up and STAY POSITIVE!