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Before joining the faculty at Berkeley, I worked at Celera Genomics, and directed the functional annotation of the newly sequenced human genome, published in Science.
I have an Erdös number of 3, by way of David Haussler, Noga Alon, Erdös.
Photos of favorite places and people:
I got my interest in science (and also my name) from my mother, Joan Blewett. Before she became an archivist of 20th century physics, she was a comparative literature major. I was named after Cimon, (a rather interesting character from Plutarch's Lives). But she changed the spelling to Kimmen, giving me an authentic Swedish name -- a nickname for men named Joakim! My guess is she heard this name from her parents, who would speak Swedish when they didn't want the kids to understand what they were saying... John Blewett, my stepfather, a noted accelerator physicist, and discoverer of synchrotron radiation.
On my father's side are a bunch of very creative artistic types, including my great uncle, Raymond Scott, a jazz composer whose music features prominently on Looney Tunes. (We never knew this when we were kids watching Bugs Bunny!) My grandfather, Mark Warnow, was the bandleader for the Lucky Strike Hit Parade Radio Show. My father, Morton Warnow, was a prisoner of war in WWII and a writer and inventor.
For poetry lovers, here are a few of my favorites.
One of my favorite artists: Dale Chihuly.
I grew up in a village built to house the permanent staff of the United Nations, called Parkway Village. There was nothing like it. Ackerma column on the "Great Borough of Queens".
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