Month: April 2018

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: “Fish are friends, not food”

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: “Fish are friends, not food”

When most people think about “Finding Nemo,” they likely think about Nemo, the adventurous young clownfish who got caught up in a fishy situation (no pun intended) and ended up in a dentist’s fish tank. Or, they might remember Marlin, the overprotective father. However, what…

Minority Representation in STEM Fields

Minority Representation in STEM Fields

United States as a “Melting Pot” Indigenous peoples inhabited the land, that is now known as the US, many generations before Christopher Columbus arrived. These people were culturally and linguistically diverse and since the founding of the US in 1776, the number of languages, customs,…

Next in the SWAC Science Communication Series: Inspiring Storytelling

Next in the SWAC Science Communication Series: Inspiring Storytelling

We are thrilled to welcome Robin Smith as our speaker for the Writing Workshop: Inspiring Storytelling as part of the SWAC Science Communication Certificate Series for 2018. Robin will speak on April 17th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Marsico Hall 2004. *Light refreshments will be served! Registration Link: http://tinyurl.com/ybn2npap As a reminder, you…

CRISPR-edited Plants and Regulation

CRISPR-edited Plants and Regulation

If you wanted to get a genetically modified organism (GMO) through the regulatory process, you can expect to dish out about $35.1 million and wait at least five and a half years. This doesn’t even include the money and time it takes to discover and develop…

Fun Facts About Cephalopods

Fun Facts About Cephalopods

Class Cephalopoda is home to some of the most intelligent and mysterious critters in the sea. Including species of octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus, cephalopods are a type of mollusk that have have lost their hard outer shells. Cephalopods get their name from the Greek…

Next in the SWAC Science Communication Series: Worlds Collide with Science and Art with Amanda Graham

Next in the SWAC Science Communication Series: Worlds Collide with Science and Art with Amanda Graham

We are thrilled to welcome Amanda Graham as our speaker for the Worlds Collide with Science and Art Seminar as part of the SWAC Science Communication Certificate Series for 2018. Amanda will speak on April 11th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Bondurant 2030. Registeration: http://tinyurl.com/ycudf9dr *Light refreshments will be served! As a reminder, you…

Stop Insulting Anglerfish Sex

Stop Insulting Anglerfish Sex

You may have seen the anglerfish sex video floating around the Internet recently, with titles like “The worst sex in the world is anglerfish sex, and now there’s finally video.” While the video is worth a watch, I think most behavioral ecologist would beg to…

Rural Internet Access and Diversity in STEM

Rural Internet Access and Diversity in STEM

It is no secret that many STEM fields, especially physics and engineering, suffer from a lack of equal representation by race, ethnicity, and gender. Approximately 75% of all physics degrees go to white scientists, and 80% of those degrees to go men. While much of…

Honey Bees: Conservation Icon or Environmental Problem?

Honey Bees: Conservation Icon or Environmental Problem?

Bzzzzztt! Oh, sorry. That was just the sound of another honey bee dying. Seriously though, honey bee populations are crashing all over the world – we’ve lost nearly 60% of honey bee colonies since the 1970s. But there’s good news! Honey bees might be on…

Diet Soda: Providing Insight into a Rare Metabolic Disorder

Diet Soda: Providing Insight into a Rare Metabolic Disorder

Have you ever read the Nutrition Facts on a diet soda or sugar-free gum? If so, you might have noticed a bolded sentence that reads: PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE. In the U.S., this sentence is present on every commercially available medicine, food, or beverage that contains…