Meet a Scientist: Our New Editor-in-Chief, Ross Keller

A note from our Editor-in-Chief:  I will be defending my dissertation in just a few weeks, and therefore it's time to hand over the reins. I would like to introduce Ross Keller, our new Editor-in-Chief! Ross is a 5th-year Biomedical Sciences graduate student, and he's written and edited many blog posts that have been submitted to Lions … Continue reading Meet a Scientist: Our New Editor-in-Chief, Ross Keller

Going Viral: How Social Media Mirrors Science

By: Jillian Carmichael, 4th year student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program “Did you see that post? It’s going viral!” Social media can be a strange beast. Within hours, funny videos about pandas going down slides or kids saying the most ridiculous things are all over the Internet. These viral posts saturate social media and it’s almost … Continue reading Going Viral: How Social Media Mirrors Science

Pregnancy Brain: A Neuroscientific Guide for the Expectant Mom (Part 2 of 2)

By: Jordan Gaines Lewis, 5th year student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program My forgetful friend – the subject of my original article – gave birth to a baby girl on Thanksgiving Day. She’s a beauty, and I know Mom agrees that the morning sickness, crazy sense of smell, and forgetfulness were worth it in the end. … Continue reading Pregnancy Brain: A Neuroscientific Guide for the Expectant Mom (Part 2 of 2)

Pregnancy Brain: A Neuroscientific Guide for the Expectant Mom (Part 1 of 2)

By: Jordan Gaines Lewis, 5th year student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program A few months ago, my friend asked me, “Why have I become so forgetful since I became pregnant?” I told her I didn’t know, but that I’d look into it and write an article for her. She then followed with, “I was going … Continue reading Pregnancy Brain: A Neuroscientific Guide for the Expectant Mom (Part 1 of 2)

Zika Virus: The New Kid on the Block

By: Jillian Carmichael, 4th year student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Move over Ebola. There’s a new virus in town. If you’ve been paying attention to the news in the past few weeks, you may have heard about the Zika virus outbreak that’s currently sweeping through the Americas. As with any emerging outbreak, fear is a … Continue reading Zika Virus: The New Kid on the Block

Frankenfood? The Real Science Behind GMOs

By: Ross Keller, 5th year student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program A recurring theme in science fiction is the ability to modify an organism’s genetic material. The goal is usually to give the modified person or creature amazing characteristics — super speed, super strength, or mind control, to name a few. I haven’t met anyone with these … Continue reading Frankenfood? The Real Science Behind GMOs

Penn State College of Medicine Students Describe Their Theses…in 20 Words or Less

Last week, in response to this recent post circulating social media, we asked our students: What is the topic of your thesis, in 20 words or less? Here are the responses! I make mutant viruses and utilize drugs to study how herpes simplex virus spreads from the mouth into neurons. -Jillian Carmichael, 4th-year Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. … Continue reading Penn State College of Medicine Students Describe Their Theses…in 20 Words or Less