Grad student in chemistry
An awesome place I've visited:
Matera, a town in southern Italy that was built on the side of a ravine. For thousands of years, the population of the town lived, shopped, worshipped in buildings carved out of the canyon walls, called "sassi." Eventually the living conditions became so squalid that the Italian government forced all of the remaining residents out of the sassi, but today some of the residents have returned (in significantly upgraded living conditions), and one can tour large sections of the old city. It's a unique town in a very unique (and underappreciated) region of Italy!
My perfect Sunday:
In the morning, a run followed by a great brunch. In the afternoon, fixing a somewhat elaborate dinner for two (or a small group of friends) while watching some football, and in the evening, enjoying the food and the company with a great bottle of wine.
My life history in 5 sentences or fewer:
I owe my existence to my mom being captivated by my dad's eyes (and my dad feeling similarly about my mom) when she was interviewing for a job at EPA. I'm very lucky to have been able to travel throughout the US and Europe (especially Italy, which I love) for family vacations while I was growing up. I started playing piano in first grade and viola in fifth grade. I majored in chemistry in college, but spent far more time performing with and writing music for a theater group. I decided to switch things up a bit for grad school and I spend most of my time pursuing a PhD in biochemistry - but I still do my best to make room for music in my life.
My first concert / My dream concert:
There are too many answers to this question - we can talk about it when we meet!
What I would bring to show and tell:
A picture I took of the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen, near Canyon de Chelly, Arizona