| Outside magazine, December 1995|
Uh, meet Brian Scottoline. Stanford biochemist. HIV researcher. Sweaty pinup boy in the 1996 Studmuffins of Science calendar, on sale now in most university bookstores. Really. "I'm definitely a nerd, but not in the classical sense," says the 30-year-old former collegiate swimmer, who's shown ascending from a pool, soggy and Speedo-clad, in the January spread. The calendar, an uneasy union of science and beefcake dreamily pieced together by New York City science journalist Karen Hopkin, attempts to salvage the propeller-headed image of scientists by featuring them in hunky, sporty poses. ("I really did this so I could operate the spritz bottle at the photo shoots," Hopkin admits.) The results? Aside from Scottoline's rippling V-frame and a couple of toothy grins, the calendar pretty much deteriorates into a montage of...well, nerdy test-tube slingers. But there are redeeming aspects. Each scientist does reveal his "favorite subatomic particle," "favorite equation," or "favorite bacterium."