Angel Kaur. Photo provided by Angel Kaur
Angel Kaur. Photo provided by Angel Kaur

Angel Kaur is an assistant professor of Neuroscience at a small public liberal arts university. She teaches introductory and seminar courses, as well as upper division courses in Neuropharmacology, Neurodegenerative Diseases, and Molecular Neurobiology. Angel also teaches a liberal arts core course on Neuroscience Fiction in Film. Her research lab studies motor neuron dysfunction in ALS, and she researches effective strategies for teaching scientific literature and science communication to undergraduates. Her scicomm work can be found at clubkaur.com.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

A grey tabby who goes by Zeus, Zee, or BabyZ

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

No

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Baking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Sweet

7 Do you speak any other languages?

Hindi and Punjabi

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Professional Organizer or Interior Designer

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

My current research projects are already the product of switching fields! I researched Immunology as an undergrad, and pheromone signaling as a graduate student!

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Paris

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Ability to understand all languages from all beings (I would love to know what my cat is always meowing on about)

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Watch: Jordan Peele’s Get Out;
Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks;
Listen: The Memory Palace by Nate Demao (podcast)

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Binge watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the 1000th time

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

My bullet journal, my twin 4yos, my Bryn Mawr College Lantern

15 What beverage gives you life?

Matcha Green Tea

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Pride and Prejudice

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

Can I say I want to grow up to be Brene Brown?

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

The desire to learn and create

19 What got you excited in science?

It made sense – I always loved Biology because it helped me make sense of the world (particularly helpful for someone with early onset chronic pain)

20 What excites you about science now?

Finding the connections. Over the years, I’ve branched out into many different scientific disciplines, and finding the connections between them is fascinating.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Ice cream for dinner

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I’m creative and artistic – I’m working on a neuroscience themed game at the moment that I plan to illustrate and develop myself

23 What is your favorite game?

Currently – pretending to be a worm called Stick from my kids favorite TV show “Tumble Leaf”

24 What is the last book you read?

I just started the Percy Jackson series and I’m very excited about it

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

You’re only an imposter if you pretend that you’re not always learning and growing.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Probably bungee jumping

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Listen to your body, and be kind to it. 34 is too young for high level chronic pain! Oh, also, kid you have all the ADHD (I learned this just last year!)

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Stare at the stars

29 What is the last thing you watched?

S2E2 “The Let Down” on Netflix

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

river rocks that are now cabinet pulls!

31 What is your favorite animal?

Giraffe

32 What is your favorite book?

Adult: Pride and Prejudice (yes, I’m too obsessed), YA: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Indian street food Papdi Chaat

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Longest day of summer

35 What is your favorite plant?

Willow tree

36 What is your favorite science fact?

ADHD is characterized by a lot of emotional regulation problems, something that most people don’t know

37 What is your favorite season?

Spring

38 What is your favorite smell?

Freshly baked cookies

39 What is your favorite sound?

Hamilton 🙂

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I have a crap ton of resilience, even if I don’t always remember that

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

unabashedly

42 What is your proudest moment?

Watching my first year seminar students’ final video projects last fall – they led me to establishing clubkaur

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Willow tree

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

The blue Ridge Parkway

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I am the keeper of Clubkaur, a scicomm podcast produced in closed collaboration with undergrads in my courses. All the episodes currently available have been researched/created/edited by undergrads as part of scicomm assignments in my classes. Also, my favorite film to teach is “Limitless” (2011), because of the wonderful way in which science and filmmaking come together in the film.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?