My name is Michael Mazack. I am an American of Polish, Swedish, and Ukrainian descent, and a Christian. I am married to my wife, Jane, who has a cooking blog on this site. I am originally from the Pacific Northwest, but moved to Minnesota to do my Ph.D. in scientific computation. I currently work at the University of Minnesota as a postdoctoral associate, developing computational chemistry and biophysical models with Jiali Gao.
During my undergraduate years, I received a few scholarships to go study abroad in Japan. It was a life changing experience, not only because I became fluent in Japanese, but because I was able to experience the Japanese way of life.
Some of my hobbies are cooking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, bird watching, amateur astronomy, coin collecting, カラオケ [karaoke], and IRC. I also enjoy bowling and watching both minor and major league baseball. I like cold war history, polka music, pinball, old TV shows, black liquorice, and a number of other things that seem to be disappearing from the face of the earth.
Please enjoy the website. よろしくお願いします。