Ignite Baltimore 17: I’m a Professor, You’re a Professor, He’s a Professor, She’s a Professor, Wouldn’t You Like to Be a Professor Too? The Death Grip of Academic Science.

A talk I gave for Ignite Baltimore, a program in which speakers get to use 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.

  • Ignite Baltimore 17:  I’m a Professor, You’re a Professor, He’s a Professor, She’s a Professor, Wouldn’t You Like to Be a Professor Too?  The Death Grip of Academic Science.

    A talk I gave for Ignite Baltimore, a program in which speakers get to use 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.

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    Ignite Baltimore 17: I’m a Professor, You’re a Professor, He’s a Professor, She’s a Professor, Wouldn’t You Like to Be a Professor Too? The Death Grip of Academic Science.

  • Storytelling:  Grad School (Science Comedy Night)

    The DC Science Writers Association‘s Science Comedy Night, May 2015.  A story about surviving grad school.

    9:48

    Storytelling: Grad School (Science Comedy Night)

  • Storytelling:  The Amazing Bottle Dancers

    Storytelling show via SpeakeasyDC in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival.  A story about my secret double life as a fake rabbi.

    12:21

    Storytelling: The Amazing Bottle Dancers

  • Ask Adam about Grad School:  Episode 10

    Episode 10, the season finale of Adam’s web video series for the Journal of Visualized Experiments:  Do I have to do a post-doc?

    6:06

    Ask Adam about Grad School: Episode 10

  • Storytelling:  Christmas Gifts (Story League)

    Storytelling show via Story League at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  A story about my inability to select Christmas presents.

    6:08

    Storytelling: Christmas Gifts (Story League)

  • Storytelling:  Evangelical Ski Trip

    SpeakeasyDC‘s annual My So-Called Jewish Life show at 6th & I Historic Synagogue.  A story about being the only Jew on the Evangelical Christian ski trip.

    10:06

    Storytelling: Evangelical Ski Trip

  • Ask Adam about Grad School:  Episode 9

    Episode 9 of Adam’s web video series for the Journal of Visualized Experiments:  What advice would you give to your younger self starting grad school?

    4:06

    Ask Adam about Grad School: Episode 9

  • Ask Adam about Grad School:  Episode 8

    Episode 8 of Adam’s web video series for the Journal of Visualized Experiments:  How do you escape a boring seminar?

    3:46

    Ask Adam about Grad School: Episode 8

  • Ask Adam about Grad School:  Episode 7

    Episode 7 of Adam’s web video series for the Journal of Visualized Experiments:  Is it possible to take too much free stuff?  (No.)

    Ask Adam about Grad School: Episode 7

  • Ask Adam about Grad School:  Episode 6

    Episode 6 of Adam’s web video series for the Journal of Visualized Experiments:  The top 5 greatest fears of grad students.

    2:38

    Ask Adam about Grad School: Episode 6

  • Ask Adam about Grad School:  Episode 5

    Episode 5 of Adam’s web video series for the Journal of Visualized Experiments:  How do you explain grad school to your parents?

    2:56

    Ask Adam about Grad School: Episode 5

  • Ask Adam about Grad School:  Episode 4

    Episode 4 of Adam’s web video series for the Journal of Visualized Experiments:  What’s the deal with oral exams?

    4:14

    Ask Adam about Grad School: Episode 4

  • Ask Adam about Grad School:  Episode 3

    Episode 3 of Adam’s web video series for the Journal of Visualized Experiments:  Is it possible to get a PhD in less than five years?

    3:36

    Ask Adam about Grad School: Episode 3

  • Ask Adam about Grad School:  Episode 2

    Episode 2 of Adam’s web video series for the Journal of Visualized Experiments:  What happens if I have a baby while I’m in grad school?

    2:20

    Ask Adam about Grad School: Episode 2

  • Ask Adam about Grad School:  Episode 1

    Episode 1 of Adam’s new web video series for the Journal of Visualized Experiments:  How do I choose which lab to join for my PhD?

    2:47

    Ask Adam about Grad School: Episode 1

  • Storytelling:  Open Mic Night, or The Bombing of Malaga, New Jersey

    SpeakeasyDC‘s 2nd Tuesday show, May 2013.  A story about my first time trying stand-up at, as it turns out, the wrong kind of open mic night.

    9:27

    Storytelling: Open Mic Night, or The Bombing of Malaga, New Jersey

  • Storytelling:  Man of Letters

    SpeakeasyDC‘s annual Top Shelf show, showcasing the best eight stories of 2012.  A story about deviousness in the world of competitive Scrabble.  (This story was selected for SpeakeasyDC’s Storycast podcast, which you can listen to here.  It was also made into an award-winning short film by Big Honkin’ Productions, which you can watch here.)

    9:49

    Storytelling: Man of Letters

  • Storytelling:  Grad School (SpeakeasyDC)

    SpeakeasyDC‘s open mic showcase, April 2010.  A story about surviving grad school.

    7:25

    Storytelling: Grad School (SpeakeasyDC)

  • Storytelling:  Uncle Dan (Better Said Than Done)

    Better Said Than Done‘s monthly storytelling show at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA.  A story about my uncle who likes the woods–and my parents who don’t.

    13:16

    Storytelling: Uncle Dan (Better Said Than Done)

  • Cool Jobs in Science:  Adam Ruben

    Appearance on the Science Channel‘s “Head Rush,” 2010.

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    Cool Jobs in Science: Adam Ruben

  • Storytelling:  Pushing Boundaries (Story League)

    Story League‘s “Story League Stands Up” show featuring stories from stand-up comics at Busboys & Poets, 2011.  A story about how I’ve gotten in trouble at nearly every writing job I’ve had.

    8:59

    Storytelling: Pushing Boundaries (Story League)

  • Storytelling:  Escape to the Fun! (Story League)

    Story League‘s “Sophomore Outing” show, 2011.  A story about the joys of working at an indoor amusement park in Delaware.

    11:29

    Storytelling: Escape to the Fun! (Story League)

  • Storytelling:  Christmas Gifts (SpeakeasyDC)

    Valentine’s Day storytelling show via SpeakeasyDC at Dance Place, 2011.  A story about my inability to select Christmas presents.

    7:10

    Storytelling: Christmas Gifts (SpeakeasyDC)

  • Storytelling:  Election (Story League)

    Story League presents “Sins of Youth,” 2011.  A story about my fourth-grade class election.

    8:23

    Storytelling: Election (Story League)

  • Storytelling:  Of Mice and Malaria (Story League/Story Collider)

    Joint show between DC’s Story League and Brooklyn’s Story Collider (“The Politics of Science”) at Artisphere, 2011.  A story about my ambivalence regarding working with lab mice–plus, unrelated, an audience member is taken to the emergency room in the middle of my story.  (He’s fine.)

    12:42

    Storytelling: Of Mice and Malaria (Story League/Story Collider)

  • Storytelling:  Of Mice and Malaria (Reston Nature House)

    Reston Nature House fundraiser, 2010.  A story about my ambivalence regarding working with lab mice.

    10:12

    Storytelling: Of Mice and Malaria (Reston Nature House)

  • Stand-Up about Science

    Excerpt from a performance at the DC Improv, 2008.

    6:36

    Stand-Up about Science

  • Outtakes from the Grad Student Rap

    Outtakes from the Grad Student Rap video, some of which ended up in the actual video.

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    Outtakes from the Grad Student Rap

  • The Grad Student Rap

    Mentioned in the New York Times and available on iTunes!  Starring The Notorious Ph.D., MC Freeze, and introducing Bob Koestler as the evil advisor.  Music by Derek “EggyToast” Young, lyrics by Adam Ruben, directed and edited by Chuck Na.

    3:51

    The Grad Student Rap

  • Stand-Up at 2006 Funniest Jewish Comic Contest

    In June 2006, I won second place in the Jewish Week‘s Funniest Jewish Comic Contest at the Laugh Factory in Times Square.

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    Stand-Up at 2006 Funniest Jewish Comic Contest

  • Ignite Wilmington 6

    My 5-minute, 20 auto-advancing-slide talk for Ignite Wilmington 6:  ”Public Perception of Science:  Lessons from a Dead Sheep.”

    6:54

    Ignite Wilmington 6

  • Storytelling:  Flight of the Toucan (Reston Nature House)

    Reston Nature House fundraiser, 2011.  A story about a stuffed animal smuggled into summer camp and the worst decision I ever made.

    8:42

    Storytelling: Flight of the Toucan (Reston Nature House)

  • “Food Detectives”: MSG, Part 2

    In this episode of “Food Detectives” (Season 2, Episode 4), Ted Allen and I investigate MSG at a restaurant in Chinatown.

    5:32

    “Food Detectives”: MSG, Part 2

  • “Food Detectives”: MSG, Part 1

    In this episode of “Food Detectives” (Season 2, Episode 4), Ted Allen and I investigate MSG at a restaurant in Chinatown.

    6:04

    “Food Detectives”: MSG, Part 1

  • “Food Detectives”: Mentos and Diet Coke

    In this episode of “Food Detectives” (Season 2, Episode 3), Ted Allen and I demonstrate that Mentos + Diet Coke = Fun!

    3:10

    “Food Detectives”: Mentos and Diet Coke

  • Documentary:  “One Man, Two Very Opposite Trades”

    A short documentary about the dual life of a scientist comedian, made by American University film students Patrick Jones, Elaine Seward, and Marco Theopil (2008).

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    Documentary: “One Man, Two Very Opposite Trades”