New Modality Contributor:
Terry Johnson, Professor of Bioengineering
Terry D. Johnson is an Associate Teaching Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and he co-wrote an article for our first print issue, "The Bard Takes Minutes: What Professional Workplace Teams Can Learn From Roleplaying Games." Here's a bit more about him.
What’s your quick bio?
I teach courses in a wide range of subjects, displaying a versatility that has prevented me from achieving any actual expertise. I hope that by teaching, I will be giving students the tools that they will need to repair me as I get older. I’m also co-author of the popular science book How to Defeat Your Own Clone (And Other Tips For Surviving the Biotech Revolution).
When I’m not generating PowerPoint slides, I can be found giving talks and panels at events like The Bad Ad Hoc Hypothesis Festival (a.k.a. BAHfest, a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect scientific theories); Nerd Nite (a regular presentation of fun-yet-informative presentations across disciplines); WonderCon and Silicon Valley Comic-con (conventions for science fiction and comic readers).
What's a current cultural edge you're excited to see people pushing?
Sincerity is good. Let's mainstream that shit.
What’s your biggest, most out-there dream of a better world?
People accepting enthusiasms that they don't share would be a start.
What are your favorite links that will help our audience learn about you, your life, your work, and your values?