Diverse Scientists and Their Impact on Science Today

By Stephanie Baringer Historically, science was a white man’s club; women and minorities need not apply. Since its creation in 1901, only 58 of the 609 Nobel Prizes awarded have been given to women, more than half of which were given in the past 20 years1. While minority representation in science has improved over time, … Continue reading Diverse Scientists and Their Impact on Science Today

Winner of Fall 2021 LTS Best Blog Post

Thank you to everyone who voted for Lions Talk Science’s Best Blog Post of the Fall 2021 semester! The results are all in, and your favorite LTS article was "The Most Contagious Non-Disease: Yawning" written by Mariam Melkumyan! For her winning article, Mariam will receive a $25 gift card! Additionally, our randomly chosen voter to win a $10 gift card is Jordan Chang!  Congrats to … Continue reading Winner of Fall 2021 LTS Best Blog Post

New Developments in Dengue Fever Treatment

By Hannah Johnson Figure 1: Heat map of the world showcasing the suitability of Dengue transmission1 Dengue fever is a severe viral disease that affects nearly 100 million people worldwide each year. Currently, the only treatment available for this disease is in symptom management; however, recently advances to treat disease etiology have been made2,5. In … Continue reading New Developments in Dengue Fever Treatment

From Bakery to Bench: How Scientists use Yeast for Biomedical Research

By Gaelyn Lyons Yeast has been an essential tool to our society since the beginning of time. Beer, bread, and wine all use yeast due to their ability to undergo fermentation.1 Not only does yeast contribute to creating yummy food, but it also plays an important role in biomedical research. Many scientists, including some at … Continue reading From Bakery to Bench: How Scientists use Yeast for Biomedical Research

Algebraic Geometry: A Bridge Between Equations and Shapes

By Mike Sha             A common problem in robotics is finding all the possible positions the hand can end up. This is a question for algebraic geometry, which can be solved by homotopy continuation1. In this article, we’ll be taking the path of least resistance to these topics. Algebra is “the study of mathematical symbols … Continue reading Algebraic Geometry: A Bridge Between Equations and Shapes

Eavesdropping on Sperm Whales: The Cetacean Translation Initiative

By Julia Simpson An international team of roboticists, cryptographers, and biologists, along with experts in machine learning, underwater acoustics, and linguistics, recently assembled to decode messages from the deep1. That may sound like the title-card montage for the next “team of international super spies” blockbuster, but no: this is the diverse, interdisciplinary expertise behind the … Continue reading Eavesdropping on Sperm Whales: The Cetacean Translation Initiative