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Secret Life Snap Shot #3

For neuroscientist Mollie Woodworth’s first anniversary, her husband gave her a synthetic replica of a mouse brain that he made himself. Although Mollie says the first anniversary present is supposed to be paper, not brains, she’s more than pleased. “I think it was fantastically romantic,” says Mollie of her husband’s gift. “It was something wonderful that he took a lot of time and effort to design, and that he knew I would love. He used data from an online mouse brain atlas to design the brain in his CAD software, then printed it on a 3D printer. I keep it on the shelf above my desk in the lab, along with my squishy brain, stuffed rabbit, and a card from him that says “You’re my prime mate” with a picture of two monkeys. He and I like to give each other silly presents, clearly.”

Here’s her brain:

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Joshua Seftel

    Executive Producer Joshua Seftel’s love for science started at a young age. He was a Pre-Medical Sciences major in college, and his first job out of school was as a high school physics teacher. Meanwhile, Josh discovered a passion for filmmaking and made his first documentary, the Emmy-nominated “Lost and Found” (1992), about the plight of Romania’s orphaned and abandoned children. He hasn’t stopped making films since, including “Taking on the Kennedys” (1996) and “War, Inc” (2008) starring John Cusack, Marisa Tomei, and Ben Kingsley. Josh also directed the first season of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and helped develop the Emmy-nominated PBS children’s show “Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman.” He has long been committed to public broadcasting and is a frequent contributor to “Nova Science Now.”