December 5, 2016

Invention and innovation: a symphony of sound and color

For many of my early years, I thought everyone experienced the world as I did. When I encounter certain stimulus, such as hearing the musical note A, it involuntarily elicits another seemingly unrelated sensation, such as seeing the color red. It wasn’t until I read about synesthesia in V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee’s book The Phantom of the Brain that I had a serious “Aha!” moment.

November 21, 2016

Two lenses, one worldview

“That’s so interesting!”

I smile politely as yet another person reacts to finding out that I am a biology and film studies double major. I’ve always struggled with responding to that statement. It definitely is interesting—that’s why I’m studying the two! But for me, these two disciplines, which seem galaxies apart for some, simply use two different lenses to understand the world: one through a microscope, the other through a camera.  

November 14, 2016

HackHolyoke gets pumped

You might know that Mount Holyoke has been home to pioneers since its founding in 1837. But did you know its also the first womens college to host a hackathon?

September 1, 2016

A computer science major founds HackHolyoke

Ask me what I thought about computer science as a senior in high school and I would have told you that I’m not interested in sitting in some windowless basement learning to code. I knew I wanted to pursue music.