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Advice: Knowles Knows

Lydia from the Lab | Knowles Knows, Covid-19 Edition (Ep 4)

CD Knowles April 27, 2020

Lydia from the Lab | Knowles Knows, Covid-19 Edition (Ep 4)

ArtProfiler editors, Nicole and Randi, are still on the hunt for missing advice columnist, C.D. Knowles.

For those who have been following this story, you know that we have not been able to get in touch with our columnist, who writes under the pseudonym, C.D. Knowles, since mid-February. If you haven’t been following, you can catch up by starting at Episode 1.

The best tip we’ve received thus far was from an anonymous person a couple weeks ago who told us that all we needed to do to find Knowles was to look up a Dr. Li Wang at UT’s virology lab. It was difficult to find him, but when we did, it looked promising. Dr. Wang, the head of UT’s virology department at the College of Natural Sciences, suddenly stopped showing up to work right around the same time Knowles stopped communicating with us. So we thought there was a good chance that Dr. Wang could be our C.D. Knowles. It took over a week to find someone who works in the virology department who was willing to talk with us. Her name is Lydia — she’s a third year PhD candidate studying biochemistry and she works in Dr. Wang’s lab. This episode is our interview with her.

Here’s a quick summary for those who want to know what’s going on, but don’t want to watch previous episodes:

Someone by the name of C.D. Knowles reached out to us via email in October 2017 and asked if we would carry his advice column. His only condition was that he would write under a pseudonym. He is not on our payroll — this is, and has always been, a volunteer position. We’d never even thought to carry an advice column until he approached us. Our work relationship has been strictly through email for over two years. Knowles emails us his column on Tuesdays, and we publish it on Fridays. But that changed when we didn’t receive his column on February 18th. The last correspondence we had with him was on February 11th.

Here’s the other thing — since we’ve never met and never even talked on the phone, we don’t know if Knowles is male or female. We have just always assumed he is male. But this has become a real challenge in finding out what happened to him because we know neither his real name nor his gender. The only information we have is what is in his bio on our website, information that he sent us over two years ago for his profile page. We have no idea if it’s true or not.

So fast forward to about a month ago. We decided to go public about his missing status (after having republished old columns for six weeks). We’ve asked the public for help in finding him, and we have some received some crazy tips! Some have been pure rubbish — we’ll probably share some of those with you for pure humor and entertainment value. Others have seemed to lead somewhere but have resulted in dead ends.

If you have any information about C.D. Knowles, please contact us here.

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