Hi! I’m Selin. I am super curious and I like interdisciplinary projects, especially those at the intersection of science, art, and technology and tending toward social change. I care deeply about empathy, making things, learning, being outside, and leaving the world better than I found it.
This is an idea of the topography of my life recently and currently:
I spent last year immersed in research projects, delving into resilience and sustainability, exploring how some people naturally control HIV in the spring, and working on cancer immunotherapy at the Weizmann Institute in Israel for the month of July.
I spend a lot of time thinking about how communities can support youth and how youth can support our communities, and I’m committed to creating safe and rich spaces for people to explore these ideas. We Are Family Foundation brought together a group of teens from around the world in 2012 to work on just that, and I’m honoured to be among them.
In December of 2011 I went to Antarctica with Students on Ice. That’s the trip in a nutshell, but it doesn’t quite capture how deeply it impacted me - so I’m writing about it, striving for some sort of cross between the kind of stories exchanged around campfires and a deep map.
Here’s a collection of my writing. I’ve given a couple talks on my thoughts on the environment, this one about the most powerful moments of my trip, and this one about what the ice taught me about oceans and interconnectedness. (Sound quality’s not so great on the latter, I know… I think I’ll post a transcript sometime.) I’m borrowing Alex's disclaimer, for both this blog and those talks, that “my thoughts and opinions change from time to time… I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind.”
I keep a commonplace book of sorts over here, dog-ear bits of the Internet over here, and occasionally share notes from books I’ve read over here. Twitter home is here, and you can send me emails here.