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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Allen Lim, Team Radioshack’s Scientific Experiment

July 19th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Allen Lim, PhD

Age: 37

Hails from: Boulder, CO (via Los Angeles)

Occupation: Sports Physiologist, Team Radioshack’s Director of Sports Science

Known for: Living science. Though his boss and opus, Lance Armstrong, has been dealt more crashes than a test dummy in this Tour De France and is no longer a contender for an 8th yellow jersey, Team Radioshack Sports Director Allen Lim and his funky, futuristic scientific approach to cycling continue to become more high-profile (and, dare we say it, chic?) with each passing stage.

He is as well decorated with academic achievement as any Hardass Asian Parent could possibly ask for–a doctor, of course, with graduate and postgraduate degrees, and a penchant for buzzworthy leaps in sports technology. But Lim is no science robot; he does his thing with style and a smile. Known as a good-vibes, calming force, it’s no wonder that he was heavily pressed to leave Team Garmin last year and take his dream job with newly-formed Team Radioshack, quickly entered Armstrong’s inner circle, and somehow managed to look like a DJ when photographed with all of his nutty sports equipment (see above photo, from his official site). It’s been a long time since applied science has seemed so fun and necessary. And COOL.

Plus, Dr. Lim somehow makes energy food sound good. Don’t sushi rice cakes sound delicious, even without a speedsuit on?

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AMAZIANS OF THE WEEK! L. Mahadevan, Lin He And Maneesh Agrawala

September 28th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana
Good fellows: (left to right) L. Mahadevan, Lin He, and Maneesh Agrawala

Names: L. Mahadevan, Lin He and Maneesh Agrawala

Hail from: While Mahadevan holds court at Harvard in Cambridge, MA, He and Agrawala both operate out of Cal in Berkeley, CA.

Occupations: Mahadevan is an applied mathmetician, He a molecular biologist, and Agrawala a computer vision technologist.

Known for: Being all smart and stuff. Mahadevan, He and Agrawala were three of the twenty-four (that’s 1/8, or .125 for all you math lovers) recipients of the 2009 MacArthur “Genius Award”–a $500k Fellowship grant awarded to 20-40 Americans each year who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.”

We’re with the MacArthur Foundation on this one–these remarkable folks’ repective fields of work show extreme promise. Mahadevan’s mathematical analyses of practical problems (like how cloth folds when draped) may overwhelm us a tad, but tickle our left-brain fancies almost as much as knot theory and fractals. We fully believe that He’s microRNA research will lead to great strides in cancer research (We all agree… cancer is wack), and are psyched that Agrawala understands how important it is to create visual interfaces in computers that enhance users’ ability to process tons of info (part of the reason we buy Apple ‘puters).

Bottom line: We love geniuses. But who the heck doesn’t?

[MacArthur Foundation: Meet the 2009 Fellows]

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Thanks, Jennifer!

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BABEWATCH: Dr. Michio Kaku

September 16th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Name: Dr. Michio Kaku

Age: 61

Occupation: Theoretical physicist, TV and radio host, professor, book author

Hails from: New York

Why He’s a Babe: Because he’s a futurist, or what we like to call a “forward thinker.” Also, after years of teaching and hosting on radio, he’s finally brought his smooth-skinned mug to television–as the host of Diana’s new favorite show, Sci Q.

Also, like Jen’s dad, he makes physics fun! He even has the gift of making the most complicated scientific theory accessible and understandable to everyman (even the right-brain-challenged).

And fun people are just better-looking. It’s a scientific fact.

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Thanks, Maris!

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We Don’t Buy It

April 11th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Girl, we know science is hot. But you gotta know it to own it, and frankly, we don’t think you do.

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN! Part Un

February 28th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

In honor of Jen’s amazian Physics genius father, we’d like to wish Daniel C. Tsui, Chinese-born American physicist and Nobel Laureate, a very happy 69th birthday. We know that Jen’s dad is proud of him! And believe us, that’s the best present he’s gonna get all year…

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Nerd Eliminasian

September 26th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

I like to believe (because it’s true) that Asians excel at everything.

If you’re going to be a genome researcher, be the very best researcher. If you’re going to be a concert violinist, be the the very best concert violinist. If you’re going to be a blogger, be the very best blogger (hee!)–do you what you do, and do it well.

Oh, and one more thing: if you’re going to be the one repreznt’n Asian smarty-pants-nerd on the 4th season of Beauty and the Geek, be the best damn Geek in the bin, NOT THE FIRST ELIMINATED. And when you are eliminated from the cast of what is really just a CW-low-concept-reality-show, DON’T CRY LIKE A LITTLE BITCH.

I’m talking to you, Tony:

Tony, I want to like you. You’re a nerd (DISGRASIAN actually really loves nerds). You love science (science is hot). You’re not just any medical student, you specialize in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Chemical Engineering (which is basically just a tongue-twister to us). You collect historic medical books and play Chinese Chess. That shit is brainy and weird and mildly eccentric, which is awesome. It’s all very, very cool.

So embrace it! Own it! You don’t need a stupid reality show to get laid. You can get laid all on your own. You just need to make a few improvements.

First of all, stand up straight. Secondly, stop tucking in your t-shirt, and never wear exercise pants if you aren’t exercising. While you’re at it, feel free to exercise more. Next, realize that you have a penis and act like it. You’re studying at Johns Hopkins University right now– introduce yourself to my friend Young, who is a medical professor there with a Princeton English Degree and a Medical PhD and is possibly the coolest and sexiest brainiac alive–and get some lady-baiting tips.

Lastly, stop selling yourself and your brothers as dickless dorks that don’t know Vanilla Ice from Eminem or up from down or eunuch from Munich. You’re better than that.

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I Really Want to Hate the Guy, But…

August 15th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Hugo Liu is a Hardass Asian Parent’s wet dream. First of all, the 27 year-old upstart has a Ph.D. from MIT and bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science. Second, while I’d love to write him off as science Liu-ser, he’s using his expertise to turn the culinary world on its ear. Plus, he’s freaking adorable. I mean, look at him.

According to today’s LA Times, Liu, who was born in China and lived there until he was six, has developed two computer programs, The Synesthetic Cookbook and Gulp Fiction, which break down food and recipes by…emotional association.

A user searching the (Synesthetic Cookbook) database, which is behind an MIT firewall today, could call up a screen with a plate on it and order dinner ideas for the whole family. “Beef” would bring up countless possibilities but could be refined with “spicy,” “herbaceous” and, especially, “comforting”…

The user of (Gulp Fiction) can have it write a recipe…The fun is in the context: A request for “sad” oatmeal produces a recipe with red wine, beer, gin, vodka, brandy and soda; “poetic” pizza has no crust; “pensive” deviled eggs call for apricot preserves.

Did you understand a word of what you just read? Neither did I. Let me give you a layperson’s summary.

Dude’s smarter than us and probably cooler, too. And he’s making us all look REALLY bad.

In spite of that, we love him anyway.

Click here for LA Times story. Click here for NY Times story about The Synesthetic Cookbook.

Liu’s food programs are not yet available to the public.

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(Thanks BB! Hope your meeting rocked!)

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Honorasian Alert!

July 16th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

30 years after he began his journey of academia, my favorite guitarist in the world (sharing the honor with the mighty Angus Young) earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Imperial College London–all of this only a year after the release of his book: Bang! The Complete History of the Universe.

Until recently, May couldn’t fully commit to his studies because he was too busy with Queen, basically writing and rocking the sickest guitar melodia known to man.

Superiority in Science and Rock? The man might as well be Asian. Needless to say, my parents are very proud of Mr. May and have inquired as to why I won’t go back for more schooling.

Congratulasians!

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You Can’t Buy Her Love; No, You Just Have to Wait

July 11th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The shockingly well-preserved, 10,000-year old remains of a young female mammoth were discoverd today in Siberia. The carcass, with trunk, eyes, and some fur still intact, is to be moved to Jikei University in Tokyo for further study. Some scientists hold out hope that the animal may even hold enough DNA for cloning:

Some believe the right find is bound to emerge from Siberia that will make cloning or resurrecting the animal — by injecting sperm into the egg of a relative such as the Asian elephant — a reality.

Hey man, I’m down for cloning. But why do we have to whore out my sista, the Asian elephant? Did she volunteer her uterus? Her love is not for sale!!!! Step OFF!

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(Thanks, Chris!)

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK!

April 16th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Yau-Man Chan

Age: 54

Occupation: Computer Engineer

Known for: multiple Science degrees, tenure at Cal, ability to make everyone on Survivor appear horny, impatient, and stupid

Bottom line: Smart is hot. Go get that million, baby. Yau the Man!!!

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