About Matthew T. Matthew T. Dearing writes the Dynamic Patterns Research Journal (, which tracks exciting new opportunities for citizen scientists and reports on successful activities of amateur research around the world. He also pens Neuron News from Dynamic Patterns (, which provides reviews and commentary on the exciting developments in neurotechnologies. Matthew graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA in physics magna cum laude with research honors. His research involved developing new ways to organize matter on the micro- and nano-length scales, primarily using focused laser light called Optical Tweezers. In particular, he fabricated the first holographic (phase-modulating) optical element for use in an optical tweezer system using the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a summer internship at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, Matthew began his Masters in Physics work at Cornell University as an NSF IGERT Fellow in the Department of Physics. He helped to establish the new Excimer Laser Microfabrication Facility at the Nanobiotechnology Center and developed software for mapping neuronal growth on silicon chips to structurally characterize living neural networks as they interface for potential integration with computer circuits. Matthew also taught introductory physics, electronics, algebra and calculus at Cornell University, Wells College, and (his favorite) Tompkins-Cortland Community College. Currently, Matthew is an Applications Developer at Argonne National Laboratory where he develops web-based enterprise software solutions to support the operational mission of the federal lab. He completed a Master's Degree in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2017. For more information, read a more detailed background at
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