“"It should be simple, using as few ingredients as possible. It should be comforting. It’s something you want to eat when you’re cold. You want something gushy, a messy-ass pie, not something you see on the front of a magazine."” - Baker Zoe Nathan advice on pie baking at UCLA’s Science and Food event
Learn some more about the science that goes into making a tasty (messy-ass) pie →
Tuesday I spent most of my time in the poster hall - a full day on my feet, in fact, which I'm regretting slightly today. In the morning I was learning about fluids and mineralization in hydrothermal systems in a number of places - Iceland, Chile, mid-ocean ridges, among others - and in the afternoon I saw some presentations on eruptive dynamics, particularly at my old field area of the Santiaguito lava domes in Guatemala.
I have done my last teaching for 2014. Today’s Materials Chemistry and Catalysis poster session went surprisingly well, and even those whose posters were not the best defended them with conviction. Of course, marking remains to be done, but my next undergraduate lecture will be on X-ray diffraction, in 2015! I now switch to research … Continue reading End of teaching update →
I have updated the Cerebrovascular Physiology Labs section. You will now see a link to the lab of Dr Hélène Girouard from Université de Montréal. Her research interests are related to cerebrovascular pharmacology, neurovascular coupling and interactions between astrocytes and blood vessels. In addition, I have added a new section entitled “Theses”, where you will […]
Back when I was a studying biology, I noticed that a lot of anatomical terms sound like they come straight from Middle Earth. So, to celebrate the release of the last Hobbit film, I’ve created this INCREDIBLY nerdy quiz.
Do these words and phrases refer to parts of the human body, or reference people and places from J. R. R. Tolkien’s work?
Antrum of Highmore
Crypt of Morgagni
Caves of Androth
Loop of Henle
Great Vein of Galen
Mississippi’s flawed application and underdeveloped plans to provide preschool for all children is partly to blame for why the state’s youngest learners were bypassed once again for federal funds that could have provided a boost to early education, a review found.
Last week, Mississippi was passed over for a preschool grant that would have tripled the number of children enrolled in early education classes in four years, increased the number of highly qualified preschool teachers and
I’ve been reading about preference indexes lately, specifically for characterising pollinator preferences for plants, so here is what I learnt. Preference is defined as using an item (e.g. plant) more than expected given the item abundance. First I like to use … Continue reading →
In this old post asking readers “What were you, or what were you going to be, before you became an ecologist?”, several examples came up of ecologists who were or are very accomplished at something besides ecology or some related … Continue reading →
We’re excited to welcome Nipun Chopra (@nipunchopra7) to the On Your Mind studio this week, who’s taken time out of his own science and podzilla life to talk neuroscience with us. Having gone from high school biology teacher to doctoral student at Indiana University Indianapolis, he’s got a lot to add to the On Your ...read more
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JUST THE FAQs: Why Do Macrophages Do What They Do?
A new study led by Christopher K. Glass, MD, PhD, UC San Diego School of Medicine professor, answers longstanding questions about what makes a macrophage the sort of macrophage it is.
What are macrophages and what do they do?
Macrophages are a type of immune cell. They respond to infections and injuries in the human body. Macrophages are found in all tissues of the body, where they are best known for engulfing invading