Meet our interns: Alex Metz

Alex Metz

1step2life is very fortunate to have Alex Metz interning with us this summer. We have spent hours each day developing content for the Knowledge Base. Alex has spent much of his time researching and writing about the neuroscience of pain. Alex is a senior at Oberlin College majoring in Creative Writing and Philosophy. He intends …

A Lung Transplant Puts College In Perspective

Art and Text: Carlos Armstrong Warning: this post includes photographs of surgical incisions some people may find upsetting. Division To me, chronic pain is more than just a subject to research. It is something constantly present in my own life. On the lower end of my pain scale, I have been living with debilitating chronic …

Living the startup life

tea cup

Writing, developing an app, and laying out a strategic plan for both a knowledge base and business require a lot of thought. And a lot of tea! Blue Rooster Bakehouse is one of my favorite Oberlin spots - especially on rainy summer afternoons.

Meet our app design team!

So excited to meet with Stream9, our app design team! Many decisions to be made. We will be asking for feedback on potential designs from those on our mailing list. Follow us on Twitter! We want to hear from you. @1step2life1

Learning To Give Science Away

We are very fortunate to have three student interns working with us this summer - Carlos Armstrong, Mary Madison Baker, and Alexander Metz. During the month of June, they have been building the Knowledge Base section of our website. Writing clearly and well about topics like the neurological underpinning of pain can be challenging. We …

It’s not theory: Real voices from real people

https://youtu.be/D6Nz-x2RxWs Real adolescents talking about living with real pain. 1step2life's core mission is to build an app that helps kids living with chronic pain get out of bed and into the world. There are many things that make this project special to me. One, in particular, is how many of the Oberlin students involved GOT …

Max Kramer models migraine spreading depression

Max Kramer worked with Oberlin Professor Emeritus Richard Salter and Dr. Nancy Darling to develop a computational model of the spreading neurological depression characteristic of the brain during a migraine. Max Kramer presents a spatial dynamic systems model of migraine spreading depression Compuational modeling is a way of using mathematical and logical modeling to simulate …

Research: Do kids believe it’s okay for parents to set rules about rehab?

Oberlin students presenter

As children become teens, they take more and more control over the decisions that govern their lives. Parents set rules, but teens who disagree with those rules have choices: they can obey, argue, or hide the fact that they're not doing what they're supposed to.In the US, most parents and teens agree that it's okay …

I Hate Pain

Teen in ER

I'd like to say that I started this company because of my altruistic interest in helping the world. That would be a lie. I started this company because over six short months my son went from healthy to hiding under his covers, in the dark, wearing welding glasses. He would shudder with pain because his …

We become filmmakers!

Pain Explained clip

One of the many impressive things about Oberlin students is the range of their talents. Ava Dishian and Emily Eisenstein joined my lab as research assistants. As the 1step2life project developed, Ava and Emily stepped up to help us teach people about the difference between healthy pain and how it evolves into long-term and dysfunctional …