Month: April 2020

Often lost in thought, or lost in the woods. Sometimes both.

There's no such thing as failure - just a series of "not-yet" successes

A great mentor once told me that I should stop believing in failure

It’s easy to fall into the habit of feeling like everything we do is a little bit of a failure. Sometimes we want to make a little more money, or run a little bit faster, or sing a little bit better. Every time we try, we’re setting ourselves up for failure, and that’s scary and…
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Millennials - Photo by Julián Gentilezza on Unsplash

I wrote an article about millennials and it set off the internet trolls

Our modern political climate is a hell of a thing. It seems that no matter what you say or do, someone accuses you of being on the “other side” of the political spectrum. I recently wrote an op-ed in The Hill about how we need more Millenials in public service, and how too often I…
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Alexander Titus Microbes

Synthetic Biology and National Security: Risks and Opportunities

I had the great opportunity to speak on a panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) about the implications for synthetic biology to national security. This was the second part of a two-part series exploring the importance and implications of emerging biotechnology and the changing nature of national and global security. The…
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Regenerative manufacturing is saving lives by working to eliminate the transplant waiting list

Engineering the Heart of America

Every ten minutes someone is added to the organ transplant waiting list in the U.S. That’s 144 new people added to the waiting list every single day. And of the people already on the transplant list, twenty will die every day.  This is because only 1 out of 1000 people die in a manner that…
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College studying

College only teaches you one thing — how to learn anything in a long weekend

I was sitting in a seminar for admitted students, nervously waiting for the classroom to quiet down so I could listen to the professor start his lecture. As a high school senior, sitting in a college classroom for the first time was both exhilarating and intimidating at the same time. Then the professor walked in:…
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