Month: November 2017

House Tax Bill Could Lead to Significant Tax Increase for UNC Grad Students

House Tax Bill Could Lead to Significant Tax Increase for UNC Grad Students

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a version of the tax reform bill that, if made into law, could lead to a massive tax increase for many US graduate students. The cause of this would be the removal of section 117(d)(5) from the tax…

Let’s Talk about Pets!

Let’s Talk about Pets!

I love my pets. Growing up, I always had animals: fish, hamsters, hermit crabs, and even rats (my mom was particularly happy when those were out of the house). The current menagerie includes two cats, two fish, a bearded dragon, and a horse, and two fish.…

A Stimulating Treatment for Drug Addiction

A Stimulating Treatment for Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is notoriously difficult to treat. Limited treatment options are available for those suffering from addiction, including behavioral therapy, rehabilitation programs, and medication. However, current drug addiction medications are only approved to treat opioid, tobacco, or alcohol abuse, leaving out many other drugs of…

Physics Through the Looking Glass

Physics Through the Looking Glass

On Christmas Eve 1956, a woman caught the last train to New York in the snow to report experimental results that would alter the landscape of modern physics forever. Although members of the physics community would initially dismiss her results as nonsense, the evidence would…

Cell-based Therapies at UNC using Good Manufacturing Practices, with Dr. Paul Eldridge

Cell-based Therapies at UNC using Good Manufacturing Practices, with Dr. Paul Eldridge

T cell-based therapies, or “living drugs” as coined by Dr. Carl June, utilize the potent killing activity of T cells, an arm of the immune system, to target cancers. In the early stages of T cell-based therapy, T cells were isolated from tumors, expanded ex…

Is the GRE a Waste of Money?

Is the GRE a Waste of Money?

Graduate schools generally utilize previous transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, personal statements from applicants, and letters of recommendation in order to assess whether candidates are suitably prepared for success in graduate school. However, how much do any of these individual components contribute to the…

Superbug Super Problem: The Emerging Age of Untreatable Infections

Superbug Super Problem: The Emerging Age of Untreatable Infections

You’ve heard of MRSA. You may even have heard of XDR-TB and CRE. The rise of antibiotic-resistant infections in our communities has been both swift and alarming. But how did these once easily treated infections become the scourges of the healthcare world, and what can…

Little Farmers in the Animal Kingdom

Little Farmers in the Animal Kingdom

Think of a farmer. Chances are, an image of an overall-wearing, pitchfork-wielding man just popped into your head. But humans are only one of a surprisingly large group of animals that cultivate their own food. You might already know about leaf-cutter ants–some 47 species of…