Splash Biography


Major: UNC-Chapel Hill

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm Gary, and I'm fascinated by how the world works, but also how people think the world works—in other words, I like physics and cognitive science.

I'm currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in linguistics and physics. Teaching is lots of fun, and I'm privileged to have personally met and worked with students across the United States. Outside of Splash, I also volunteer in science advocacy and education programs, and serve as a staff member of Scioly.org.

Past Classes

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S446: How to Fail, Correctly in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
It's not until you fall that you fly, but sometimes you just fall. In this class, we'll dive into cognitive science and how our brains enforce unconscious behavioral rules: designed to prevent failure, but sometimes causing it instead. And since failure is a healthy part of the journey to success, we'll see how to code our psychological software to fail more, learn more, and thus fail less.