About Erika Van Goethem

Erika is a 5th year PhD candidate in the Papanikolas Lab. Her research focuses on studying vibrational motion and electron dynamics in nanomaterials with ultrafast lasers. In her spare time she volunteers with Science in the Stacks! and the Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald House.

by Erika Van Goethem April 14, 2018

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 … Continue reading

by Erika Van Goethem April 9, 2018

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 … Continue reading

by Erika Van Goethem March 15, 2018

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 … Continue reading

by Erika Van Goethem March 14, 2018

  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 … Continue reading

by Erika Van Goethem February 20, 2018

Technology moguls dream of human colonies on other planets. For this dream to become reality, science needs to develop new spacecraft capable of transporting people and cargo to the outer reaches of our galaxy. Another challenge is how to find … Continue reading

by Erika Van Goethem July 6, 2017

So let’s say, hypothetically, that your lab receives blood samples from a group of individuals to study genetic links with diabetes.  However, these samples would also provide important insights into other diseases.  But the researchers did not get consent from … Continue reading

by Erika Van Goethem April 13, 2017

Before we know it, it will be summer.  That means sunny days, flowers, barbecues, beach trips, and family reunions.  With family reunions comes having to explain to every cousin, aunt, uncle, and grandparent what it is that you actually do … Continue reading

by Erika Van Goethem December 10, 2016

I was sitting at my kitchen table with a scattered mess of textbooks and notes studying for my first graduate school final.  The white board was filled with incoherent scribbles of chemical structures and electron arrows.  I had hit a … Continue reading

by Erika Van Goethem August 18, 2016

I’m standing in front of a long conference table, rubbing my clammy palms on my blazer. My committee is discussing my transcripts and research progress.  One professor is questioning the importance of my project, someone is whispering that I have … Continue reading