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On leaving New York, and maybe my impostor syndrome, behind

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Last sunset over the Hudson as a Manhattan resident

I first fell in love with New York City as a teenager growing up about 30 minutes from the George Washington Bridge. It probably happened when I started taking the commuter bus from the suburb I grew up in to the Port Authority and blossomed into romance when I’d travel to Columbia for the annual Scholastic Press Association meeting and a science honors program on Saturdays. By the time I was in college in Cambridge, I knew I needed to live in New York, and that made NYU an easy choice for medical school.

Except for about two years between 1998 and 2000, I’ve lived on the island of Manhattan since 1994. It’s been quite a love affair. And while it’s not ending, exactly, it’s shifting to a new phase. Cate and I are leaving the Hell’s Kitchen apartment we’ve lived in since just a few weeks before we were engaged in April 2004. It’s the same building I’ve lived in since September 2000.

That means I was standing on my balcony on September 11, 2001, watching the Twin Towers fall.

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June 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm

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RIP: 1999 Jetta dies

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20161104_170621A 1999 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg, known early in its life for being a stick shift and in its later years by mechanics in three states, died on Friday, October 21. It was 18, with more than 187,000 miles on its odometer.

The immediate cause of death was overheating on the Massachusetts Turnpike, according to a family member close to – some would say too close to – the Jetta. A mechanic said that even figuring out what had led to the temperature spike would cost more than the car was currently worth.

But to owner Ivan Oransky, who drove the car off the dealer’s lot on August 24, 1998, the value of the Jetta was never financial. “It was what I could afford when I was a medical intern in New Haven. The Jetta served me, and then Cate, well,” Oransky told CarObits.com, speaking of his wife, Cate Vojdik. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm

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I wrote a play about the immune system when I was 11. Really. Here it is.

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This guy, I'm not.

This guy, I’m not.

For several years, I’ve been in search of a play that I wrote in the sixth grade, circa 1984. (Strictly speaking, it was a short story, but my class performed it as a play.) I was reminded of it by an event, perhaps something that was part of EST/Sloan’s project on plays involving science, and earlier this month, my mother texted me to say she’d found it her house.

Some background: My father was a pediatrician in private practice, and he was frequently beeped — yes, this was the early 1980s — in the middle of family meals. So, inspired by a case of strep throat that interrupted dinner one night, I wrote a short story/play on the immune system. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

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Mad Men: An Oransky in the advertising business

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nyt“Keith is now paying for the service at the rate of 10 cents a day by shining Mr. Oransky’s shoes.”

That’s the kicker of an item in the April 1, 1960 advertising column in The New York Times. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

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In which I become an expert on global technology because I have an email address

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erolsThere are all sorts of ways to be recognized as an expert. Courts typically certify those who’ve published peer-reviewed literature, or who have years of experience, or who fulfill some other criteria. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t take that much.

From an email solicitation I received today:

I am calling on behalf of [redacted] an independent global research consultancy. We are conducting a survey of Opinion Leaders such as yourself to understand your views on a number of important issues related to how global technology companies are viewed and how they might better meet stakeholder expectations. You do not have to be actively involved in technology (ie : – IT/programming/Manufacture etc ) so long as you have some views on the subject such as ethically sourced materials for manufacture, energy efficiency & responsibilities to workforces.

Well, as many of my friends and family would agree, I certainly have some views on any number of subjects, so I should be OK here. I have views on proper capitalization, for example, and that would appear to be helpful in this case.

But it’s the next paragraph that really cements my status as an expert: Read the rest of this entry »

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December 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm

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Initial studies

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jcdrI’m going to refer to this as an initial study. It is, after all, by six people who seem to only have initials:

J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 Jun;7(6):1099-101. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2013/5290.3056. Epub 2013 Jun 1.

Role of TSH on Urinary Calcium Excretion In Post Menopausal Women of South Indian Population.
G N, P V A, A R S, R R, M S, R S.
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September 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm

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How do — and should — reporters use ClinicalTrials.gov?

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ct.gov-logoI have the privilege of speaking at a Friends of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) workshop on public access to clinical trials in a few weeks. I’ve been asked to discuss how reporters can use ClinicalTrials.gov, the NLM-run registry and results database, how they might use it better, and what sorts of improvements might help make the resources available there easier to use.

I’d like to hear, in comments or by email to ivan-oransky [at] erols.com, ideas from my readers. I’m starting with just a few of my own: Read the rest of this entry »

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May 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

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