Month: March 2018

One Cancer Drug to Rule Them All?

One Cancer Drug to Rule Them All?

As early as 1999, a scientific study in Denmark found that patients with Huntington’s disease (HD) are less likely to develop cancer when compared to their healthy relatives and the overall population. A decade later, another independent study looked into forty years of patients’ information…

Next in the SWAC Science Communication Series: Science and Editing with Dr. Lakshmi Goyal

Next in the SWAC Science Communication Series: Science and Editing with Dr. Lakshmi Goyal

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lakshmi Goyal as our speaker for the Careers in Science Editing Seminar as part of the SWAC Science Communication Certificate Series for 2018. Lakshmi will speak on March 20th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at MacNider Hall Room 21. Registeration: http://tinyurl.com/yaf94pm2 *Light refreshments will be served! As…

SWAC Science Communication Certificate Series: Keynote with Dr. Mónica Feliu-Mojer

SWAC Science Communication Certificate Series: Keynote with Dr. Mónica Feliu-Mojer

  We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Mónica Feliu-Mojer as our SWAC Science Communication Certificate Series Keynote Speaker for 2018. Mónica will speak at the Diversity in STEM Conference on March 23rd from 11:00 to 11:50 am at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. The conference runs…

Mimicking Electric Eels to Provide Power to Medical Devices

Mimicking Electric Eels to Provide Power to Medical Devices

While the shock of an electric eel sounds like more of a medical nightmare than a fortunate asset, researchers at the University of Michigan were inspired to simulate the power of these slick creatures in hope of creating power sources for a variety of medical…

The Science Behind Spitting for your At-home Genetic Test

The Science Behind Spitting for your At-home Genetic Test

Conjuring up two milliliters of spit after not eating/drinking 30 minutes prior doesn’t sound taxing, but give it a try, and you’ll quickly change your mind. Four years ago, I sat in my kitchen wafting the scent of freshly baked brownies into my face in…

The Curious Life of Plants: Exploring the Science within the Garden Walls

The Curious Life of Plants: Exploring the Science within the Garden Walls

The science that plants rely on goes far beyond photosynthesis, the familiar process where plants use sunlight to help make food. In honor of spring’s pending arrival, it’s time to delve into three, unique cases where science influences the plants that color our lives. The…

Science Communication, Advocacy and the Federal Budget

Science Communication, Advocacy and the Federal Budget

Recently, the federal budget for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 (beginning October 1st, 2018) was released. Shockingly, the initial plan called for brutal cuts to basic research funding agencies—slashing the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) by…