By Rebecca Fleeman We are consistently told that throughout our lives we should “eat right and exercise”. Ask anyone why diet and physical activity are important, and they will likely respond with answers on disease prevention and longevity. The general public is largely aware that a bad diet can lead to weight gain, and that … Continue reading Food for Thought: How Diet Can Affect Your Brain
By Olivia Marx Did you know that there are more genetic differences between populations of Africa than there are between Africans and Eurasians?1 Despite the worldwide diversity of genetic sequences, most of the thousands of genomes that have been recorded have been from people of European background. Even with the decades of time and effort … Continue reading Disparities in Genetic Testing Widens the Gap in Medical Treatment for Minorities
By Julia Simpson Setting the scene for November 21st, 1975: The Vietnam War had ended in April1 and the success of the US-Soviet Apollo-Soyuz mission in July offered hope of geopolitical stability2. NASA’s Venera 9 mission departed Earth for Venus in June, and in October, it beamed back the first-ever images of another planet’s surface3. … Continue reading How Brian May Genetically Recombined Rock Music with Astrophysics in 1975
By Stephanie Baringer Many trainees enter graduate school because they truly enjoy performing experiments. They live off the feeling of when an assay finally works after months of optimization. For some, the highs of success outweigh the lows of failed experiments. However, the thought of becoming a principal investigator (PI) and running your own lab, … Continue reading Benchwork Outside of Academia: A Career Interview with an Industry Scientist
By Joseph Cirilo Have you ever experienced one of those days where you come home after a long day of work, sit down to relax to some Netflix or Hulu, and then whatever you decide to watch throws work right back into your face? Well, I recently had this experience while watching the TV show … Continue reading Heart to Heart: How a Single Nucleotide Change Can Restructure the Heart
By Elizabeth Lesko The history of medical science is long and strenuous, full of great leaps followed by dark ages, brilliant minds tempered by the mores of their time. While we would all like to believe that we live in an enlightened time, full of people who trust the best practices of medical professionals, the … Continue reading A Brief History of Anatomy as Told Through Art
By Rebecca Fleeman Photo Credit: PxHere As a Florida girl, born and raised, I am often asked why I chose to attend graduate school in Pennsylvania, a state with cold and snowy winters. Family, friends, and colleagues immediately ask, why I would leave such “vacation-type” weather, then quickly follow up with “so, do you plan … Continue reading How Does Summer Turn to Fall?
By Indira Purushothaman Remote learning is becoming the new normal. Across the country, students of all ages are attending virtual classes hosted by their teachers or professors. As a result, the amount of screen time for anyone with access to electronic devices in a day has significantly risen, especially in children and young adults. For … Continue reading Not All Screen Times are Equal
By Stephanie Baringer After long periods at the bench, many trainees discover they wish to facilitate more change in patient lives and work on the translational side of research. However, many Ph.D. level positions require experience in the clinical realm. As bench scientists, we typically don’t have that type of involvement before the time of … Continue reading Stepping Stones to the Clinic: A Career Interview with a Clinical Trials Coordinator
By Gaelyn Lyons At this point, no one is a stranger to COVID-19. We have all been affected by the virus, whether it be socially, physically, or mentally. As of August 15th, there have been about 5.2 million cases in the US, of which about 167,000 patients have died (CDC, 2020). Although it feels as … Continue reading Are We Ready for a COVID-19 Vaccine?