Black Future Month // 2-12-11 // Kumi Hodge, Neuroscientist

Posted on February 12, 2011

Okay, so, by now you know I’m prone to brag on my siblings. But always for good reason.

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to include more scholars and academics in these #blackfuture posts. I keep company with some of the worlds leading minds. Most of my close friends pursuing doctorates are doing so in fields that are close to my area of interest/expertise. A few Ph.D Candidate homies will soon be tenured professors in Africana Studies/Diaspora Studies programs across the country. I wanna get them up here soon come, but I’m not sure if posting an entire dissertation on the blog will work. Neither am I certain that I can get relevant, reliable clips from conferences. Are these types of things available to the public, outside of TedX? If you’re reading this, are an academic of African descent, and you have a good idea on how I can get you on this here blog, I’m interested. I’d like to post 5-7 minutes of one of your presentations, I’m fiending for it… I just don’t know where to look.

For now, I’ma talk about my 19 year old brother, who is studying at Stanford University with a focus on Neuroscience (he had the whole family stuck after sharing his findings from last summer’s research internship — something to do with memory and stimulation of the hippocampus region of the brain…). He’s about 6’4, wears black tees and vans almost every day, probably matches a few descriptions here and there, and spends the majority his time in the books, effing up assumptions about young black men.

When he’s not figuring out how the mind works, he’s works with the Stanford Association for International Development. As a conference director, Kumi has helped to confirm some of the world’s brightest thinkers on development. Those who are thinking globally about how to make the entire planet a more equitable, live-able place for all its inhabitants. Next Saturday, February 19th, in Palo Alto, you can attend for free. You can learn about everything from Financial Innovation to Design for Extreme Affordability. Again, I’d like to reinforce that the conference, at Stanford, is absolutely free. If you’re in The Bay Area next weekend, I don’t see why you wouldn’t go.

Register by clicking here.

I’m also adding in an image and a link to Dr. S. Allen Counter, esteemed professor of Neurophysics at Harvard University, The Director of the Harvard Foundation and the subject of an upcoming Will Smith BioPic.

Click for more on Dr. S. Allen Counter.

#blackfuture celebrates the unyielding fascinations of the intellect.


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