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I played at the Underground Wonder Bar in Chicago on June 18, 2012.
 During the summer of 2012, I had the opportunity to teach a course in Social Psychology in Berlin and Amsterdam.  After the class, I traveled around Europe. This photo is taken in Poland with my family there.
 
 
             
In October of 2012, I received the Alumnus of the Year award from the Illinois State University Department of Psychology.  Jef Kahn (top left) with whom I was a  TA and GA nominated me for it (we've also published together back when I was in grad school and since October).  There was a nice dinner and I sat with my thesis committee, Sam Catanzaro (who I have also published with since then) and Jeff Laurent. Each year, during the Saturday of the Midwestern Psychological Association Convention (always held in Chicago), I throw an annual sriracha potluck party, themed after my favorite condiment.   Here are some photos from parties past, including me in regalia, sriracha in the making, the party itself, and peppers growing -- mostly from May of 2013.

  
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
   
Here's my dog, Olivia, who died on June 9, 2013. On August 3, 2013, I was able to go snorkeling and see this sea turtle.  Thank goodness for the underwater camera.
 
 




 
   
I took this video on a trip to Hawaii on August 4, 2013.   I started working at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in late August, 2013.



 
 
 
 


 

   
Here's my cat, Beaker, who died on August 30, 2013. Mo and I were married on October 27, 2013.  Alison made the wonderful video below.  Here i a link to Renee's "The Story of Steve and Mo."

 
 

  
 

 
 

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Here are a couple more photos of the wedding -- one with our parents and one with our friends and family in the wedding party. On the morning of February 27, 2014, I woke up to a text from Maura (pictured here -- from August 15, 2010).  She informed me that our friend Ben (also pictured here) had died.  Apparently, he died late the week before.  Ben was an amazing person and a good friend. Academically, he was a community psychologist and an assistant professor at Curry College in Boston.  We met when he interviewed at Loyola for graduate school while I was a grad student there -- we talked about Doctor Who and had an immediate connection.  He didn't come to Loyola (he went to UIUC, though I didn't know that), so I thought I may never see him again. However, someone who did get admitted to Loyola was friends with Ben.  He came to Chicago often, so we reconnected and our friendship grew.  He did great work on homelessness, HIV prevention, and social justice.  I miss him.  An article from Curry College about him may be found here; his graduate program's write-up on him may be viewed here.  May he rest in peace.
 
 
       

 
The weekend after my father's 70th birthday, he and my mother came to Chicago and we took them to the Adler Planetarium and the Sears Tower (I can't bring myself to call it by its current name), as well as to dinner.  We also had a crazy adventure getting to the Planetarium, which involved my car being abandoned on Lake Shore Drive for a while as a high speed police chase occurred and a SWAT team came in to get someone. Despite the excitement, it was a great day with my family. Here's a photo of my parents on the skydeck. They look so happy! 

 
I performed Dan and Jessica's wedding on May 17, 2014; they asked me if I would wed them "in statistical matrimony."  Readings from the Book (or at least paper) of Cohen (1968) were on the agenda...

    


 



 

 
 
 
     

 
On June 8, 2014, Mo and I adopted Tucker from Felines and Canines.  Also, Tucker made his music video day debut at 1:53 of this video.    
I was very lucky to attend John Hersey High School because of the wonderful people I met there, both students and teachers.  One particularly special teacher was Ed Moon, the technical theatre director.  I worked in theatre for four years building sets, running sound, and doing lights.  Later, my brother and sister-in-law met in the theatre working for Moon; they had him perform their wedding! Every ten years, he throws a tech theatre reunion party. This photo was taken at that party on July 27, 2014.    
 

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On August 7, 2014, my friend and colleague Nancy Segal won the William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association for her book on the Minnesota Twins Study.  Nancy invited Mo and I to her talk, drinks, and dinner.  Her post-doc mentor, Tom Bouchard, was receiving the American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement.  Mo and I gladly attended.  I was able to have a great conversation with Tom and Nancy gave a great talk.  It was nice to meet her family and friends, too.   Here are a couple of photos from D.C.  On the left are my twin sisters-in-law, Sarah and Mara, with Mara's son, Will.  On the right is my brother-in-law, John, and nephews Jack and Will on the Ferris wheel at National Harbor, on August 10, 2014.

 
  

   
Lia (my sister-in-law), Mark (my brother), Mo (my wife), and I went to Herb in Chicago the night before Mo went hiking and camping on the Wonderland Trail in Washington near Mount Rainier.   I met my friend John in eighth grade when we sat next to one another for high school testing.  Here's a ridiculous photo of us from Comic Con in Rosemont, IL on August 23, 2014.  I went in my Doctor Who bath robe, he in a Dalek t-shirt.  I don't know if it's cooler to drive the DeLorean or ride the hover board.
 
  
   
On November 26, 2014, Mo and I went to the Sriracha factory.  Some photos of our visit will be posted here soon. Mo and I played our first banjo concert on December 15, 2014. 
 

A shrine in the factory



I had to wear a hair and beard net.
In front of the factory, wearing the appropriate garb
Inside the factory...




  

Cripple Creek

   
On February 24, 2015, John came to our second banjo performance.  Here's a video of it. My nephew, Kidri Anderson Emmler, was born on Monday, April 27, 2015.  Here's a picture from April 28.

Little Maggie


  





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In February of 2016, I went to Peru to visit my brother-in-law and sister-in-law.  My wife and sister-in-law took a trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu.  Here are some photos of that trip.   I really like the Andes. On June 9, 2016, I was part of an improv performance.  "The Experts" has been called "Ted talks meets improv," and I talked about statitics (Chi-squared, if you must know).  It was put on by Laugh Out Loud Theater at 3851 N. Lincoln.  Here is a review of the idea (not my performance) from the Chicago Tribune.  The show's facebook page is here.
 
 
 


 
 




 



   
During June of 2016, I attended Stats Camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I arrived a day early on June 12 and drove down to Roswell.  Here's some photos of the drive and what I saw.  I was almost abducted by aliens.   Each summer, I see about a concert a month.  This summer, all four concerts happened to be in a four day period.   Here are photos from each (more to come).  I love Chicago!
  
 
  
   
   
  
   

Elle King at Taste of Chicago on July 7.  Can't get enough banjo... The Decemberists at Taste of Chicago on July 8
   

  
Dead and Company at Alpine Valley on July 9. The Grateful Dead were my first concert every when I was 18...  Their last show was July 9, 1995 in Chicago (and I was there).  I also re-united with two old friends, Tony Grande and Tom Chapman -- who I hadn't seen in about 20 years... Sarah Jarosz at the Old Town School of Folk Music on July 10
   
For nearly a year and a half, I took bluegrass banjo classes.  However, I decided to change up my playing a bit.   I took six months of clawhammer banjo.  Here's a photo from my "graduation" on August 10, 2016, at the Giddeon Wells, a bar in Chicago.  Only two of us showed up for it, so here's a photo with Sam (center) and Dan, our teacher (left). We went to Paris in September of 2016.  Here's a picture of the city from September 3rd from the park near Elizabeth and Pierre's house.
 

 


   
From September 5 through 7, 2016, we went to London.   Here are some photos. Julia had her Bat Mitzvah on September 10, 2016.


 
 

 
 


 
 
 


 

 
   
My cousin Jennifer married Jack Winter on September 24, 2016.
On October 13, 2016, I played banjo with the Old Town School of Folk Music's "Old Time Revival" ensemble at The Grafton.  During "Flow Gently Sweet Afton" (modeled after Nickle Creek), I was the only banjo player.  Scary times...


 
 

 
   
On Monday, December 12, 2016, I performed Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Going Nowhere" on the banjo. 
 

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 Sometimes, I'm reminded that I do a lot for my job...   More to come...

 

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