Month: March 2017

When Science Meats Fiction

When Science Meats Fiction

In Vitro Meat (IVM), or lab-cultured meat, aims to transform the livestock industry into a more sustainable and ethical enterprise, but it will have to get through a few hurdles first. IVM involves taking a small sample of animal tissue to grow it into consumable…

A Paradigm Shift in Autism Diagnosis

A Paradigm Shift in Autism Diagnosis

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a developmental disease characterized by various problematic behaviors. Children diagnosed with autism demonstrate language impairments, restricted interests, repetitive behaviors, difficulties in engaging in social interactions, mood and sleep disturbances, and many other behavioral issues. Because it depends on multiple…

A Call to Guts

A Call to Guts

I’ve found that it is rather difficult to write an article when you are lying in the fetal position and afraid to move. No, I wasn’t trying to hide from a T-rex. I was having a migraine attack, and what really kept me curled up…

Representation Matters: Spotlighting Accomplished Women of Color

Representation Matters: Spotlighting Accomplished Women of Color

As a woman of color in graduate school, I greatly appreciate the paths that have been paved for me both directly and indirectly by women, and especially women of color who have shown great accomplishment and determination in their fields of study. Representation is important,…

The March for Science Raises Concerns Over Politicization

The March for Science Raises Concerns Over Politicization

The March for Science has drawn widespread support from a community anxious about the state of science under the new Trump administration. But while many are strongly in favor of such a march, the event has spurred a debate among scientists about what the role…

The Legacy of Minamata Disease

The Legacy of Minamata Disease

During the 1950s, strange events began happening around Minamata Bay, located in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan. Fish floated belly-up and birds collapsed while flying. Cats convulsed, salivated excessively, jumped into the sea and drowned, or merely dropped dead. Eventually, a young girl was brought…

Can’t Decide? Use Math!

Can’t Decide? Use Math!

    I want to present a situation I occasionally find myself in: while visiting a city and looking for dinner, I try my best to find an outstanding place to eat. To help make this decision, I usually turn to my phone and read…