Artikelen van Vera Blau

Hi there! Sorry you haven’t heard from me in a while, still in good old Nashville. Things are slowly becoming a little more routine-like for me, I finally start to know my way to and around campus, actually having obtained a staff ID card that gets me access to my office even after-hours, did the obligatory orientation training to be an employee at Vanderbilt etc. The most noteworthy thing for me ...

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It might seem a little dry for blog, but to me it is simply fascinating: the big fuzz around health care reform in the US. Everyone seems to have an opinion and talks about it all the time. Actually, talking is probably the wrong word. Yelling, wrestling and screaming would probably describe it better. Anti-healthcare fanatics have actually gone so far as to bring their weapons to presidential add...

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Ok, it sounds more dramatic than it really was, but this command was screamed repeatedly by our guide when we went for a wild water rafting trip last weekend close to Chattanooga about 3 hours from Nashville. It was the first time for me rafting, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It all started out by the guide explaining the safety rules…while I wasn’t all that nervous before she started, n...

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On Monday, 9:00 (stipt!), I was at my new department knocking on the door of my future boss or –as we say in research- principle investigator. He gave me a very warm welcome and we talked about life and science for a while. I started to notice that nobody else was in the lab, but attributed it to the hour of the day: 9 am is way too early for researchers to have their brains working. One hour...

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This is my second week in Nashville and I haven’t even started working, but somehow I got invited to ‘Dutch BBQ’ on Sunday. Yes, this scene is still playing in Nashville and yes, there is a stunning number of Dutch (or at least Dutch speaking people) present here. The BBQ was in a surreal place in the middle of nowhere about a 40-minute drive outside of town. It was hosted by a couple (she America...

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After a stressful period of packing and finishing up my dissertation work in Maastricht, I finally made it to my new home-town in the US, Nashville! One and a half weeks from now I am supposed to start my new job as a post-doctoral researcher at Vanderbilt University. Whoever has moved to a new country or city will now know the feeling arriving in a new place gives you, just a little weird, a litt...

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Vera Blau

Vera Blau

Vera Blau (1978, Munich, Germany) is a PhD student at Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. After receiving graduate (and undergraduate) training in Maastricht, Vera recently moved to Nashville in the US continue her work as a post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University. This work will be funded by the Dutch organization for scientific research (NWO), and focuses on the question of how our brain learns to combine information from various senses in order to perceive coherent events (e.g. hearing and seeing a person speak is perceived as one event instead of two). Vera likes to travel and explore different cultures. Growing up in Germany, she has been living in the Netherlands for eight years and has become a fan of Dutch culture, but is now looking forward to the new challenge of living and working in the US.