From dancing to science: As a promising young ballet student, Jarvis thought he would pursue a career as a dancer. After considering how he might best serve society, however, Jarvis decided to become a scientist. He has now come full circle with his work on songbirds suggesting a link between the areas of the brain involved in vocal learning and those involved in coordinated movements such as dance.
Erich Jarvis was a high school student at the School of the Performing Arts in New York City. Upon graduation, he had to choose between continuing as a dancer and becoming a scientist. He chose science. Jarvis pursued his undergraduate degree at Hunter College where he found that the discipline and creativity of his dance… Continue Reading