About Me

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.

Hello!
Hello from Wyoming! It’s sunny here!

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. 

Bacillus is a GREAT co-worker
Bacillus is a GREAT co-worker

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.

The replisome!
The replisome!

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.

This soothes my soul
This soothes my soul

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.

FINISHED!
FINISHED!

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.IMG_7915-0

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.

Gazpacho!
Gazpacho!

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!20140428-215815.jpg 20140428-211411.jpg 20140512-213006.jpg

5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello Sam, I hope you read this. Your parents use to live in Burlington vt many moons ago. They took me in from a group home back in 1986. I haven’t heard from them since they moved to California when your mom called me and told me she had you. I lost touch and have thought about them and what happened to them for years. Please if you could do me a favor and let them know that I still to this day miss and love them for all they did for me. Thanx Jeff

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    1. Dear Dear JEFF!!!! This is my third comments reply box I have filled trying to tell you how happyhappyhappy I am you found us because of Sams blog!!!! He’s amazing isn’t he?!?!?! I hope you have time to check out his past posts! Anyway in an effort to make the thirrd time truly a charm, heres my email address. I’m techno-lexic (150+unread in that ) I will keep a vigil by the email till I hear fromm you! SOO SOO HAPPY HAPPY HAPPPY to hear from you JEFF !!!! pattriciamillion@gmail.com

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