By Joseph Cirilo From the alarm clock in the morning, conversations with co-workers, to the timer in lab informing you that your incubation is finished, sound dominates how we act each and every day. Unfortunately, there is a large population in the US that suffers from hearing loss. According to the National Institute of Deafness … Continue reading Hear Ye, Hear Ye, How Do I Hear Thee?
By Rahul Nachnani Millions of patients are struggling with treatment-resistant psychiatric diseases including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and addiction. These folks often go through numerous rounds of medications, therapies, providers, and are understandably frustrated with the lack of progress in their mental health and recovery. In an ideal setting, rather than months of ring-around-the-pharmacy, … Continue reading The Re-Introduction of Psychedelics in Medicine
By Rebecca Fleeman Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the myriad of projects, to do’s, and random thoughts floating around in your head? As graduate students, we often feel like circus performers, spinning plates on several rods all at once. We are constantly balancing our time and efforts between experiments, meetings, studying, communicating, applying for … Continue reading Ph.D. Project Management Hacking
By Stephanie Baringer It is no secret that academia jobs are hard to come by and secure, but that is not the only thing stopping grad students from pursing the lab life. Trainees are more aware than ever of the many ‘alternative’ careers available, and they are realizing that transferable skills from their Ph.D. enable … Continue reading Bridging Politics and Science: A Career Interview in Science Policy
By Mariam Melkumyan A few months ago, I was shopping at CVS and came across a stand that caught my attention. It was a stand full of brain support supplements with labels including “Brain Armor”, “Brain Fog Capsule”, “Brain Performance”, “All-Day Focus”. Later on, my brother brought up the brain supplement by Qualia, saying that … Continue reading The Hype Behind Supplements for Your Brain
By Indira Purushothaman In the era of subscription boxes, there’s a little something for everyone. There are more than 11 million “box” subscribers in the United States alone, and that market is growing on a global scale. Receiving a new box delivered to your door each month can be exciting in contrast to recurrent … Continue reading The Science of Subscription Boxes
By Bailey Keller and Angela Snyder Declining mental health among graduate students is a silent epidemic. According to a recent Nature survey of 6,300 PhD students worldwide, ~36% report seeking help for anxiety or depression due to their PhD studies1. Commonly cited reasons for the PhD environment contributing to poor mental health were bullying and … Continue reading The Challenge of Mental Health in Graduate School
By Zhexi (Jersey) Lu As many of us stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, our dogs are having the times of their lives, enjoying more time and attention from us. Animal shelters across the country are seeing a rise in adoptions and fosters as people search for a quarantine companion1. Whether it’s a new … Continue reading WHO’S A GOOD BOY?!
By Elizabeth Lesko There’s nothing quite like a global pandemic to pique the public’s interest in medical science. COVID-19 has been a prime example, with individuals around the globe demanding immediate answers to a complicated problem and wondering why scientists don’t seem to have this whole “communicable diseases” concept figured out. The modern media cycle … Continue reading Lessons from Plagues Past
By Ryan Hylton Only one science topic has rivaled the Coronavirus pandemic in recent news cycles: the “Murder Hornet”. Although this nickname is a bit sensational, it does not fall far from the truth. Vespa mandarinia, or the Asian giant hornet, is the largest hornet species in the world and is known for its ability … Continue reading What’s With All the Hype? The “Murder Hornet” Problem Explained