Portrait: Michael Herf At SciFoo

Camera: Leica Monochrom
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I was absolutely delighted to see my friend Michael Herf (@herf) at SciFoo this year.  Michael is a software engineer who, along with his wife, Lorna (@lorna) have created a company called f.lux.  f.lux is designed to help optimize the spectral wavelengths that we are exposed to through our computers.  But there is so much more science behind it, mostly because Michael has become an amazing chronobiologist and modeler of retinal color function, and he and Lorna are building tools that are designed to intervene with the potential negative effects of technology upon the biology that we’ve evolved with for hundreds of thousands of years.

This year at SciFoo, Michael and I got to talk retinal function, spectral tuning curves, and spectral opponency which is such a treat at a conference like this.  You never know what conversations will crop up at SciFoo given the wonderful diversity of the attendees.

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