Month: July 2017

Are You Ready for Science Writing and Communication 2017/2018?

Are You Ready for Science Writing and Communication 2017/2018?

We are so excited about what’s in store for SWAC this year! If you are interested in writing or editing for SWAC for the 2017/2018 year, be sure to attend one of our orientations this fall. Even if you’ve contributed before, come learn new SWAC…

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Mirror Images of Molecules Affect Our Daily Lives

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Mirror Images of Molecules Affect Our Daily Lives

All we know around us is constructed of atoms that are connected to form molecules. The types of atoms and their arrangement can change the function and characteristics of these molecules. In some cases, two molecules that are made of the same atoms can have…

How Evolution Gave Us Dragons

How Evolution Gave Us Dragons

Whether our favorite characters are trying to train them, ride them, or simply escape from them, there is no denying the prevalence of dragons in popular culture. Dragon myths have existed for centuries in every civilization. In medieval Europe, uncharted parts of maps were supposedly marked…

Crying Over Spilt Milk Substitutes

Crying Over Spilt Milk Substitutes

Milk is a staple food in the American diet that has been expanding its definition for the past few decades. Cow’s milk has been facing increasing competition from plant-based milk substitutes like almond and soy milk. According to the Department of Agriculture, Americans are drinking…

Thank you to the 2016-2017 SWAC Executive Board

Thank you to the 2016-2017 SWAC Executive Board

The 2017-2018 SWAC executive board would like to give a big thank you to our 2016-2017 board members who retired their positions this year! The last academic year was a huge success and we could not have done it without you. These board members worked…

Sunscreen: Not Just for Carolina Blue Days!

Sunscreen: Not Just for Carolina Blue Days!

Summertime is well underway, and you may find yourself lathering on sunscreen more often – or like me, you may forget you even have a bottle sitting in your bathroom cabinet. But, there are many reasons to keep that bottle within reach. Sunscreen is particularly…

How Improv Comedy Can Make You a Better Science Communicator

How Improv Comedy Can Make You a Better Science Communicator

As scientists, we strive to communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences while seeming both confident and enthusiastic.  No wonder public speaking can be overwhelming and fear-inducing.  Could we all be better communicators if we practiced our improv skills?   Six-time Emmy award winning actor Alan…

3D Printing: A Technology Revolution and it’s at UNC

3D Printing: A Technology Revolution and it’s at UNC

In almost any field, particularly those in science and engineering, you encounter revolutionary technologies that promise faster, cheaper, and easier processes. Some of these advances, such as computers, social media, and smart technology, have changed the way an entire generation thinks and interacts with the…

How to Advocate for Science

How to Advocate for Science

  From the careful planning of experiments to the more mundane mixing of coffee, milk, and sugar – or milk, then coffee, no sugar – science is part of our daily lives as graduate students. In contrast, science is far from the daily thoughts of…

Should Coconut Oil be in Your Pantry?

Should Coconut Oil be in Your Pantry?

Maybe it reminds us of a warm beach vacation. Or sipping a pina colada. But whatever the reason, many Americans are making coconut oil a part of their diet. But be warned– coconut oil is extremely high in saturated fat. In fact, 92% of the…