Month: February 2019

Watch what you drink! Or, can you?

Watch what you drink! Or, can you?

Do you remember when Wilmington, NC made national news in 2017 for having serious chemical contamination in their drinking water? An investigation by the EPA had identified that a chemical-manufacturing plant Chemours (a spin-off of DuPont, one of the largest chemical-manufacturing companies in the world)…

How Your Gut Bacteria May Be Talking To Your Brain

How Your Gut Bacteria May Be Talking To Your Brain

Bacteria are a big part of who we are as humans. They live all over us, forming distinct communities, or microbiomes, on our skin, in our hair, in our mouths, and in our guts. We host these microbes, and increasingly we’re learning that in turn…

Fever; good for more than just a day home from school

Fever; good for more than just a day home from school

“Mom, I think I have a fever,” was the sure fire way to stay home from school as a young child.  One such instance, my mom put her hand to my forehead and told me to go get ready for school. I walked away wondering…

I Love Microbiology, and You Can Too

There is this notion that people who study science had a lifelong fascination with it, implying that those who lack this history should pursue another career. Let me tell you: as a kid, I didn’t dream of becoming a scientist. Honestly, I just wanted to…

Improving science communication: Insights from scientists and nonscientists

Improving science communication: Insights from scientists and nonscientists

One of the goals of the Pipettepen blog is to train science communicators to share science with nonscientists. However, as both scientists and nonscientists know, this communication is not always as seamless as it could be. In the spirit of improving science communication, I interviewed…

New Year, New Earth? The Environment in 2019

New Year, New Earth? The Environment in 2019

2019, “new year, new me,” as they say. Many people have new goals; maybe they’ll read more, go to the gym more, or try to improve relationships. Whatever your New Year’s resolution, one goal everyone should have is to think about and care more for…

Where Motivation Hides

Where Motivation Hides

Recently, I couldn’t find my keys. They weren’t where I usually keep them. Turns out, I was so distracted when I came home that I left them dangling in the lock. Other days, I’m looking for my phone. Where could I have put it? Oh…

PhDepression: Practical Ways to Start New Habits

PhDepression: Practical Ways to Start New Habits

The new year is a new horizon full of possibilities and potential. While the clean slate can seem daunting to some, to others it represents an opportunity to commit themselves to something new. Although these New Year’s resolutions are good, they are often not very…