Walt enjoys a lot of both sci fi/fantasy and music, and therefore filk. He is very much in touch with his Celtic heritage and love to play Scottish and Irish tunes with his tinwhistle or bodhran. He also loves to read authors such as Jim Butcher, George R. R. Martin and Guy Gavriel Kay. He has also been known to brew a beverage or two and will be giving a lecture on the science of brewing for those miscreants at the Science Track in 2014.
In the real world, he is a neurobiologist who has published a number of articles in scientific journals. He has worked on projects concerning drug abuse, stress and anxiety, and movement disorders.