A peacock bass from the Miami, FL. canals.

Ed "Doc" Pollak's Bluegrass & Personal Website


Edward I. Pollak, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus,

Biological Psychologist & Bluegrass Fiddler
e-mail: epollak@wcupa.edu 



Education

S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton                                                  B.A. (1968) Psychology
University of Connecticut                                               M.A. (1972) Experimental Psychology

University of Connecticut                                               Ph.D. (1974) Experimental Psychology
S.U.N.Y. Binghamton                                                      NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (1974-'76) Dept. of Biological Sciences

West Chester University of Pennsylvania                         Professor of Psychology & Department Chairperson (1976-2011)

West Chester University of Pennsylvania                         Professor Emeritus (2011-    )


Bluegrass Music

Although not a professional musician, I've played music all my life. I play trumpet, bass fiddle, fiddle, and 5-string banjo.  Although the fiddle is the last instrument I learned to play (I started at age 40) it is also my favorite. Although I'm now largely retired from playing anything more than the ocassional gig, I have played fiddle in various bluegrass and country bands including Prairie Dawg, Mill Creek, the Mill Creek Boys, Raven Hill, and the Dave Miller Band. I won the Delaware State Fiddle Championship in 2008 & 2009. (This was in the first few years of the competition when there weren't many contestants so it sounds more impressive than it actually is.)    For some videos of my playing see

Just a Closer Walk with Thee 

What a Prayer Can Do 

Edsel Breakdown

‚ÄčI attend 4-6 jam sessions each week as well as many bluegrass festivals. To help make sure that there would enough players at my various jam sessions, I started a weekly Bluegrass Newsletter. To that I added a web site with pages listing festivals & jam sessions in a wide geographic area. To those pages I've added lists of local teachers of bluegrass instruments, luthiers (for stringed instrument repair, local bluegrass music associations, and a page on proper jam etiquette for the newer jam participants.   Links to those pages are in the navigation pane at the top of each of my web site's pages.


FISHING
Beginning with our family fishing trips to Rice Lake, Ontario and Back Lake, New Hampshire, I have been an avid freshwater fisherman.  For the past 20 years our family has enjoyed fishing in the magnificent 1,000 Islands on the New York-Ontario border. More recently my wife and I have enjoyed saltwater angling for tarpon, bonefish, permit and barracuda in the Florida Keys and in other areas of Florida for largemouth bass, redfish, speckled trout, gar and peacock bass.                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                           


                                                                                                                                                                                         






                                                   






Tarpon with Karen Pollak & Capt. Chris Morrison, Marathon, FL.