Tagged: Tufts

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An Audacious Thinker

Martin was a graduate student in Dr. Kuperberg’s lab at Tufts when I joined as an undergrad RA in 2008. I came to know him as the guy who wrote scripts in Perl, drank tap water from a Pellegrino bottle, and covered for me the time I got stuck in traffic driving back to campus to run a subject. But of course he was much more than that. One conversation with Martin stands out. We were outside, perhaps at a cookout, and I mentioned something I’d read about the role of flame cooking in the evolution of the human brain. Martin knew something about this question, and told me all about the chemistry of grilling meat, the ATP requirements of...

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Neil Cohn Remembers Martin on his blog

It’s taken me a bit to get to the point to be able to write something, but my dear friend Martin Paczynski passed away last week, and I’ve written a memorial for him on my blog. There, I cover the more scholarly aspects of our relationship. I leave out the more personal… Like his inspiring my love of cycling, or how we’d do push ups in our office every hour on the hour. Or how he was my first and most devoted Soo Bahk Do student, the only to reach “black” belt, and always the one who held watermelons for me to kick or punch through. Or how he was always there for me with an open ear or warm hug during...

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22 Years, 11 months

No words I try to put together sound right, but here are some words. I met Martin on February 17, 1995. He quickly became my best friend. At Vassar, I’d meet him on his campus patrol route to bring him a V8 Picante (which the later renamed “spicy hot” to both of our dissatisfactions. We’d go on runs to Price Chopper for snacks at 2AM after he got off shift. When I left Vassar, he visited me wherever I was, San Francisco that summer I lived there, or once he drove through a snowstorm to bring me Valentine’s Day flowers when I was in Albany. Many folks thought we were too young to get married, and they may well have...

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Dr. Martin Paczynski

Martin was my very first PhD student at Tufts University. He came to my job talk and, when I got the job, he asked me if I was accepting students. I am so glad that I said yes.  Martin threw himself into the field of psycholinguistics, linguistics and electrophysiology. He helped countless lab members with their experiments. He produced masterly, novel papers. He was passionate, persistent and dedicated to his work and to science with an amazing ability to think outside the box.  I was so proud when Martin graduated as Dr. Paczynski and so happy to meet his family at his graduation. Martin was a wonderful person – big-hearted, full of wisdom, unique insights and humor. His love of...