Not sure exactly what to say. By profession (and degree) I am a neurophysiologist, with license (I suppose) to stick electrodes into neurons. However, I have never felt particularly constrained by licenses or what I am supposed to do. By inclination my interest and involvement in educational policy and politics began in high school, long before I knew brain science existed. In fact, I actively disliked science in high school and was primarily interested in film, music and art when I went to Antioch College. In college, however, I found out that actually doing science was much more interesting that hearing about it and that understanding how brains work was particularly challenging. Time spent reading neuroscience in a cabin in Montana (and then) finishing my undergraduate degree at Montana State led to a series of transitions to graduate school (Wisconsin), post graduate work (NYU Medical Center and the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Ma), and finally a position as an Assistant Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology. At that point the story gets way more complicated, but – bottom line, my career since has become equal parts K-12 education and building the field of computational neuroscience. Neither of which, by rights, I had any official license to do. :-) So, in sum, most or all of the posts on this blog should be read and considered accordingly.