By Savannah Marshall In the US, transportation is responsible for about 25% of the country’s yearly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.1 The large contribution of vehicular emissions to climate change has led to the popularization of tailpipe emission-free electric vehicles (EVs) in the past few decades. With the push to eventually transition the planet from gasoline … Continue reading The Real Cost Of A Sustainable Vehicle
An Untapped Gold Mine of Information; Detecting Structural Variants with Bionano Optical Mapping
By Laura Budurlean All cancers exhibit some degree of genomic instability, but what if we’ve been severely underestimating how much instability there really is? Structural variants (SVs) are a hallmark of human cancer and encompass insertions, deletions, duplications, inversions, translocations, and copy number variations (Figure 1). These are all mutations that can affect large sections … Continue reading An Untapped Gold Mine of Information; Detecting Structural Variants with Bionano Optical Mapping
Dos and Dont’s of Looking for Jobs and Postdocs
By Mariam Melkumyan It's never too early for graduate students or postdocs to start thinking about future careers and what steps need to be taken to best prepare for them (Figure 1). However, working on the next steps in your career can be very stressful, as you may not know what you want to do, … Continue reading Dos and Dont’s of Looking for Jobs and Postdocs
Formal Proof Assistants: More Than Just A Sanity Check
By Mike Sha Mathematics is the study of symmetry, patterns, and numbers. Professional mathematicians spend most of their time thinking and proving facts about these abstract concepts. Einstein used differential geometry to formulate his theory of gravity. Machine learning researchers use differential geometry and representation theory to design effective neural networks. At the heart of … Continue reading Formal Proof Assistants: More Than Just A Sanity Check
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever…But How Close Can I Get?
By Rebecca Fleeman The world’s oldest living female, Sister André (Lucile Randon), is currently 118 years old and if she lives four more years, she will be crowned the longest living human ever. The title is currently held by Jeanne Louise Calment, who was 122 years old and passed away in 1997. The longest living … Continue reading I Don’t Wanna Live Forever…But How Close Can I Get?
“Quality is our Recipe” – Lettuce Reconsider That Slogan
By Savanna Ledford Wendy’s is a popular fast-food chain that promises quality and offers great late night eats to over 12 million loyal customers.1 However, in a turn of events that turned stomachs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched an E. coli investigation after 97 people fell ill after eating sandwiches with … Continue reading “Quality is our Recipe” – Lettuce Reconsider That Slogan
De-extinction: What are the odds you’ll be eaten by a dinosaur?
By Olivia Marx As a budding biologist, my non-scientist family and friends sometimes seek my expert opinion on matters of the life sciences. Do they ask me my professional opinion on today’s pressing issues, such as “should we get the COVID-19 vaccine?” or “when does a fertilized egg become a fetus?”. No, they have already … Continue reading De-extinction: What are the odds you’ll be eaten by a dinosaur?
Beer me, Temperance!
By Ian Hayman Alcohol has been a mainstay in human society for over 6,000 years and is essential to many aspects of culture due to it’s pain-killing, mind altering, disinfectant, and food preserving properties 1,2. Alcohol has been instrumental in the development of numerous celebrations and traditions, ranging from the unsanctimonious ’21 run’ to celebrate … Continue reading Beer me, Temperance!
Spilling the T on Statistical Analysis
By Mariam Melkumyan You have spent days, weeks, or months collecting data and now need to analyze and see if anything is significant. You look at your data and realize that the statistics classes you took did not prepare you for the actual application of the statistics. You look at your options for analysis and … Continue reading Spilling the T on Statistical Analysis
Inconceivable! The Mechanisms Behind Birth Control and the Importance of Knowing What is Best for You
By Gaelyn Lyons Ever since the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade in July2022, there have been concerns about the right to birth control for people who menstruate. Justice Clarence Thomas's comments about reconsidering previous Supreme Court decisions on birth control fueled many of these concerns.1 In response, the House of Representatives passed a bill … Continue reading Inconceivable! The Mechanisms Behind Birth Control and the Importance of Knowing What is Best for You