(Global Rank: #16 | Global Score: 2596)
An educated cowboy/redneck from Dallas, Texas, USA.
When I was in grad school in 1985 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, my master's thesis was to develop a computer program that predicted the secondary structures (helix, sheet, loop) of proteins based on their amino acid sequences. Tertiary structure (i.e. folding) prediction was a pie-in-the-sky fantasy. Imagine my delight, in 2008, to find out that not only are people determining tertiary structures of proteins, but they've made a *game* of it.
I play to win; but I am not always in a serious mood. You can often find me in Veteran chat cuttin' up with my trusty cyber-horse "Trigger". Say howdy if you see us.
FoldIt bragging rights:
I am the proud winner of the only trophy ever presented by FoldIt. Read about it at https://fold.it/portal/node/987550 .
Got to represent FoldIt players in an interview about Citizen Scientists that was published in Nature magazine. Read about it at https://www.nature.com/news/2010/100804/pdf/466685a.pdf .
Also got to represent FoldIt players through interviews for children's science magazine Muse, Volume 17, Number 3, and the University of Washington's alumni magazine Columns, March 2011 issue.
Licensed Massage Therapist. Also a photographer, videographer, blogger, and webmaster. I have studied health and nutrition for over thirty years. Ask me what you will about the subject.
Retired from FoldIt in 2014 after the death of player auntdeen (https://fold.it/portal/user/99169), a beloved friend, broke my heart and my spirit. Now I'm back, to help kick COVID-19 in its viral butt.