My name is Darren Hoffmann. I am 35 years old, a son to two good parents, a brother to a cool dude who now lives in San Francisco, a boyfriend to a guy who is equal parts laborer and artist, and a dad to a fat old cat with the heart of a kitten. I have a doctorate in Anatomy and Cell Biology which I use to teach anatomy to a variety of professional and pre-professional students. My hobbies include TV and movie watching, being a good amateur pianist, cooking simple food well (particularly pies), being in nature, and making people happy.
I grew up in North Dakota and northern Minnesota as a very obedient son of two loving parents. I went to college at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where I studied Biology and Music and learned how to have a good time. I went to grad school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City where I studied Anatomy and Cell Biology and learned how to work for interminable stretches with no rewards. I have studied piano as an adult and learned how to enjoy music-making without the need for perfection. I have also studied myself and learned how to live with less self-judgment and more honesty and clarity about my values. Look out world!
These days I am a lecturer in the University of Iowa Anatomy department. It’s probably the best kind of job for me, as a self-declared lifelong learner. I do a lot of teaching, and a lot of educational administrative work. I want to change the world through education and through educational institutions. I think educational institutions are a crazy mess, don’t get me wrong. But I believe in them as the best chance we have at making great things happen for a lot of people. A couple years ago I met and fell in love with a really great guy named Brett from just south of town. We like to hang out at the lake, drink vodka and sit on the porch and chat. This blog is a mix of fun-facts about science and some of my personal life. I hope you enjoy!