Shibbolethink( ) from the Hebrew "Shibboleth" /ˈʃɪbəlɛθ/ and "think" from the German "denken" /ˈdɛŋkə(n)/, is a wikipedian who began editing on August 18th of 2014, and has, therefore, been an editor for 7 years, 2 months, and 4 days.

In meatspace, I'm a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Prior to beginning medical school, I earned a PhD at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, studying Zika, Ebola, and Hantaviruses. My research on these viruses was focused on vaccine design and therapeutic antibody development. If you're interested in some light reading (or a very efficacious sedative-hypnotic), feel free to peruse my doctoral thesis or the various publications I've authored in peer reviewed journals!

Outside of academia, in my ever dwindling free time, I have a diverse set of interests. These include cryptography, cartography, scientific skepticism, storytelling, urban exploration, and science education. My editing interests include:

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A short look at my life outside wiki...

Outside of Wikipedia, since September of 2013, I've been a judge for the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt, an annual four-day team-based scavenger hunt held at the UChicago campus from Thursday to Sunday of Mother's Day Weekend in May. "Scav Hunt," as the locals call it, involves over 300 items, 2,000+ participants, an olympics, and a 1,000 mile road trip. In 2013 and 2014, I designed two Scav Hunt road trips, traveling to New Orleans and Toronto/Niagara Falls respectively.

From January of 2012 until June 2014, I served as the president of UChicago Humans vs. Zombies. In doing so, I joined with several others to usher the game into a new era of prosperity.

In January of 2015, I created a now-defunct University of Chicago specific wiki, named "UChicago.wiki."


A few things I've contributed to the world...


Seems a bit of a waste, though,” said William. “A waste of words, I mean.”
Why? There’s always more of them.” Sacharissa patted him gently on the cheek. “You think you’re writing words that’ll last forever? It’s not like that. This newspaper stuff…that’s words that last for a day. Maybe a week.”
And then they get thrown away,” said William.
Perhaps a few hang on. In people’s heads.”
That’s not where the paper ends up,” said William. “Quite the reverse.”
What did you expect? These aren’t books, they’re…words that come and go. Cheer up.

— Terry Pratchett, The Truth (Discworld #25)
Shibbolethink in his natural habitat.
Shibbolethink in "healthcare" mode.
Wikiglobe in sandstone! Printed it myself.

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