In Plain English: Eric Spana


Eric hard at work.

Eric Spana just finished running “Nerd Camp”—that is, pSearch, a pre-orientation program introducing freshmen to research. All day for 2 weeks upperclassmen immerse the students in isolating, cloning and sequencing DNA, under Eric’s benevolent guidance. These freshmen have been selected because they want a more meaningful exposure to science; Eric remembers one student whose high school biology labs were all done online. In pSearch they have fun and form lasting friendships, and members of the first pSearch class (2009) are now enrolled in medical school, M.D.-Ph.D. programs, and veterinary school. Now Eric is getting ready for another kind of “Nerd Camp”—the DragonCon convention in Atlanta, which he will attend disguised as Bruce Banner. Just don’t make him angry.