EyeWire’s creative director on she got her job from an email, how her team is highlighting the beauty of the brain

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Amy Robinson maxed out her bank account to attend TEDGlobal 2010. While there, she heard Sebastian Seung of MIT give the talk “I am my connectome” and knew she had to talk to him.

Two years later, Robinson—the organizer of TEDxHuntsville—saw on Twitter that Seung was launching something new: EyeWire, a game allowing citizen scientists around the world to map the 3D structure of neurons. Robinson sent Seung an email, casually suggesting some ways to get people excited to play. Soon after, Robinson was hired as EyeWire’s creative director.

Robinson talked to Science Careers this week, telling them more about the email that got her this amazing job and what it was like to co-author EyeWire’s first scientific paper, in the new issue of Nature. And we had a few more questions for Robinson. An edited transcript below …

What did you and Sebastian Seung bond over at…

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About Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Loosely connected facts: Former Social Worker. Curator of a Better Internet. Lifelong politico. Social Media Maven. Poet. Performer. Storyteller. Decade teaching in Higher Ed. Master's Degree in Theology. Married to an Irishman. 3 darling kiddos. Preacher's kid. Creator of Content Worth Sharing. Digital Strategist. Appalachian. Music maker. Music devour-er. ENTP. Bohemian. Geeky. Obsessed with thrift stores and all things vintage. Lover of species.

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