A surviving riverboat deckhand, high school teacher and college professor, Dr. Schmitt has studied the orientation of honeybees in magnetic fields and the causes of bird collisions with wind turbines. He is a neuroscientist, government regulator (those last two things just never should go together), and innovator. David was a guest scientist at the Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology from 2001 through 2004. His happiest day was organizing the Anti-Gore, "Rally for the Constitution" in the Civic Center Plaza of downtown San Francisco--just under Mayor Willy Brown's window and across from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals--in November 2000, just days after Al Gore and the Democrats' began their contesting of the results of the Presidential Election. (But don't blame him, he didn't vote for Bush.) He always tries to remember his mother's words when people foolishly ask him for medical advice: "David, remember...you're not a real doctor." He did his darnedest to take care of stray cat for the last year of its life, despite not liking cats until then.