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Princess Ojiaku

A North Carolina Central University graduate student is among a group of bloggers chosen by Scientific American magazine to be part of a new blog network launched this week.

Princess Ojiaku, a biology master’s candidate in her second year, joins 60 bloggers on ScientificAmerican.com, the website for the widely read publication about science and technology. Her blog, titled “Science with Moxie,” explores the intersection of her three favorite topics: science, music and art.

Ojiaku, 27, is focusing her future studies on cognitive neuroscience. When she’s not hitting the books, she’s strumming the strings as the bassist for Pink Flag, a post-punk and rock band out of Durham.

“Since I am a scientist and a musician, I was wondering how to combine them and how other people have done it,” Ojiaku said. “The blog is me trying to figure that out.”

Blog Editor Bora Zivkovic said he selected Ojiaku because she brings something unique to the blogosphere.

“I was specifically looking for people who are good at bridging the divide between science and art,” he said. “Princess is the best blogger in the world who connects science, especially neuroscience, with music. And her music is great as well.”

In her blog, Ojiaku writes that she was at first intimidated by the idea of blogging for such a venerated publication. Scientific American has a circulation of more than 3 million readers and regularly includes articles contributed by Nobel Prize winners. But she learned to overcome her fears the same way she did when she picked up a bass guitar for the first time.

“I try to remember those old feelings of fear or inadequacy about musical skills when I write about science, because I never want anyone to feel like science is only for a certain type of ‘smart’ person or that it’s too difficult to understand and appreciate,” she wrote in her blog. “I believe that human curiosity is as abundant and natural as the enjoyment of music, and I aim to write these notes on science to pique your curiosity, stimulate your wonder, and remind you that we all search for answers.”

Follow Ojiaku’s blog at http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/science-with-moxie/.

Published: Friday, July 08, 2011
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