Support the Voice of Scientists Through Photography

One way to help the sciences to give scientists a voice. In this series I give an inside look into the lives and laboratories of neuroscientists at MIT. 

Please click this link to vote for this series to exhibit in NYC and support the stories of science! 

Caitlin Vander Weele comes from a small German tourist town, Frankenmuth, Michigan where it is Christmas year around. Vander Weele is currently a PhD candidate and interested in what projection-defined circuits in the prefrontal cortex encode information about positive and negative events. Her research has led to finding brain regions that play a crucial role in generating feelings of isolation. Vander Weele recently launched a magazine that blends both science and art called Inerstellate.

Caitlin Vander Weele comes from a small German tourist town, Frankenmuth, Michigan where it is Christmas year around. Vander Weele is currently a PhD candidate and interested in what projection-defined circuits in the prefrontal cortex encode information about positive and negative events. Her research has led to finding brain regions that play a crucial role in generating feelings of isolation. Vander Weele recently launched a magazine that blends both science and art called Inerstellate.

There is a burgeoning interest in neuroscience in popular culture. Researchers play an integral part in culture but the public knows very little about how science is done, who actually does it or exactly why it’s important. One consequence of opaque scientific work is the inability to see which individuals are conducting their research, their personal stories, and their motivations to help reveal the complexity of the nature we are imbued by. 

These images were captured with a compact large format camera using experimental New55 PN instant film. The opaqueness of the positive (left) represents the raw data collected by scientists on their quest to understand nature. The inverted negative (right) represents how scientists reveal nature through filtering data, beautifying imagery, and at times removing unwanted, but captured information. 

All scientists and equipment are part of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.