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by Erin Spencer on April 13, 2018

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 … Continue reading

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by Kendall Lough on April 5, 2018

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! … Continue reading

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by Kelsey Miller on March 6, 2018

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 … Continue reading

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by Emma Hinkle April 3, 2018

“Listen. Understand. The Terminator is out there. It can’t be reasoned with, it can’t be bargained with… it doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear…and it will absolutely not stop. Ever. Until you are dead.” In the movie “The Terminator”, … Continue reading

by Manisit Das March 22, 2018

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 … 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 Cortney Cavanaugh

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 … Continue reading

by Kelsey Miller March 6, 2018

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 … Continue reading

by Cortney Cavanaugh

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 … Continue reading

by Laura McCormick March 2, 2018

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 … Continue reading

by Nicholas Martinez February 28, 2018

When you think of scientific research that is worthy of international recognition, 10 trillion dollars, and a prize handed out by Nobel laureates, you are probably envisioning high-impact research that helped revolutionize its field. Unfortunately, the international recognition is not … Continue reading

by Laetitia Meyrueix February 24, 2018

The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an amazing endeavor to map the full human genome, and so intense an effort that it required an international collaborative research team. One of the ultimate goals of this project was to shed light … Continue reading