January 27, 2015

9:45 PM | Winter Holiday
Just before submitting my dissertation (when everything was 99% ready) I had to have a small holiday. This period was extremely stressful for me and not even Christmas was not 100% relaxing due to my project, thus this 3 days holiday was so welcome. As I have done in summer, I decided to share with […]
6:00 PM | Book Review: Ethics and Values in Social Research, Paul Ransome
Here at the Whisperer we try to make your life easier by reading books and doing reviews. We try to review books which would appeal to most researchers, but some of the books we get sent have more specific audiences in mind. “Ethics and Values in Social research” by Paul Ransome is clearly designed for […]

January 26, 2015

2:11 AM | The rough guide to the stress response
[Note: This post is intended as reading material for my upcoming online course, "Canine Hormones: From molecules to behavior." This is an entirely online course offered through APDT, begins Februrary 11, and is worth 12 CEUs. I posted with more information. I encourage you to sign up!]  The series of organs working together to form to stress response are called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. This post is a reference to them. The major players are:The hypothalamusLicensed […]

January 24, 2015

10:19 PM | News
I am happy to say that it is my first time I see a give-away that is maths related. I am so excited that I thought it would be such a good idea to share it with all of you. The give-away is on a Tumblr page: Curiosa Mathematica, and it celebrates its 10,000 followers. […]

January 23, 2015

8:25 PM | Exotic Pets: Emerging Risk Factor for Salmonellosis in Children
The increasing trend of having exotic reptiles as pets may lead to an increase in reptile associated infections such as Salmonellosis, especially in the children in the household.

Murphy D & Oshin F (2014). Reptile-associated salmonellosis in children aged under 5 years in South West England., Archives of disease in childhood, PMID:

7:46 PM | Bourbon Virus: A Novel Tick Borne Virus Discovered After Kansas Fatality
In the summer of 2014, a resident of Kansas succumbed to what was thought to be a disease similar to a tick borne disease though the laboratory investigations failed to turn up any evidence for Ehrlichiosis or other similar diseases, including the recently discovered Heartland virus. This disease has now been diagnosed to have been…
6:53 PM | First Partially Successful Vaccine Developed Against Prion Disease in Deer
The first partially successful vaccine against a prion disease (Chronic Wasting Disease in white tailed deer) is good news, but the journey has just begun.

Goñi, F., Mathiason, C., Yim, L., Wong, K., Hayes-Klug, J., Nalls, A., Peyser, D., Estevez, V., Denkers, N., Xu, J. & Osborn, D. (2015). Mucosal immunization with an attenuated Salmonella vaccine partially protects white-tailed deer from chronic wasting disease, Vaccine, 33 (5) 726-733. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.11.035

2:15 PM | Faculty Panel Gives Advice for Grad Students Seeking Academic Postdocs
Last week at the University of Michigan, the department's Chemistry Professional Development Organization (CPDO) organized a seminar called "Ascending the Summit: How to Make the Best Postdoc Application and Interview." The goal of the seminar was to prepare current graduate students in chemistry for the process of landing a postdoctoral position after graduation.Viewed by many as a stepping stone to a faculty position, a postdoctoral fellowship allows a newly-minted doctorate to stretch their […]
1:50 AM | The stress of life
[Note: This post is intended as reading material for my upcoming online course, "Canine Hormones: From molecules to behavior." This is an entirely online course offered through APDT, begins Februrary 11, and is worth 12 CEUs. I posted with more information. I encourage you to sign up!] Stress isn't good or bad. Stress is life. Stress is some change in your environment that means your body has to work a little harder. Stress is a blast of cold, missing a meal, not getting enough sleep. But […]

January 22, 2015

8:00 PM | Unlicensed Medic Causes HIV Outbreak in Cambodian Village: Lesson for India
Roka, a remote village in Cambodia, has recently suffered a massive outbreak of HIV infection, where as many as 14% of the villagers were believed to be infected. Unsafe injection practices of an unlicensed medic was believed to be the cause of this massive outbreak. What can India learn from this tragic event?
7:06 PM | Black Tar Heroin: Lower HIV Transmission vs Higher Bacterial Infections?
The rise of street-cut, unsanitary preparations of Black Tar Heroin has allegedly reduced HIV transmission but at the cost of higher numbers of fatal, bacterial infections, notably botulism, clusters of which have been regularly identified in California.

Ciccarone, D. & Bourgois, P. (2003). Explaining the Geographical Variation of HIV Among Injection Drug Users in the United States, Substance Use & Misuse, 38 (14) 2049-2063. DOI: 10.1081/JA-120025125


January 21, 2015

9:33 PM | Bernar Venet
First of all, I am sorry I have not posted as usual these days, but I am finishing my dissertation and it is quite stressful. By the way, would you like to know more about it? ( I would like to write a post about it after I finish submitting it). Thus, in this period […]
5:04 PM | FDA Approves 9-Valent HPV Vaccine
Some thoughts on the new nine valent vaccine against HPV approved by the FDA.
4:45 PM | Kyasanur Forest Disease: Preventing Infections in Ethnic Groups
Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) has provided a good example of how some typical difficulties might be faced while enforcing preventive measures in ethnic groups, especially for tribal groups that reside in secluded or forested areas. KFD was first detected in Shimoga, Karnataka, in 1957, and since then has caused sporadic outbreaks limited mainly to forested…
12:32 AM | Hindsight and Foresight
My Cohort Chums getting their learn on.I finished my first semester of my PhD program last month after a long, very long, oh-so-long semester. For context, my previous educational career was in the biological sciences, but when applying to grad school (round two) I made the decision to pursue a degree in Statistics. This semester has held a lot of firsts, frustrations, and failures, but now that the dust has settled, I can look back on it with a clear view (hindsight is 20/20!). I want to take […]

January 20, 2015

8:00 PM | Understanding Chronic Conditions: An Infographic
Understanding and treating chronic conditions is an integral part of the job for any and all nurses, from RNs to MSNs. One such chronic condition is cardiovascular disease (CVD), also known as heart disease. Learn the facts about CVD and how it can be prevented in our latest infographic:  Filed under: Medcetera

January 19, 2015

4:59 PM | Scientific Meetings and Advocacy: same place, different events?
Name: Bruno da Rocha-Azevedo* Conventional wisdom says that scientific confe...

January 18, 2015

6:16 AM | 10 Reasons to Ditch Paper and Switch to Electronic Lab Notbooks
Electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) were created to solve a number of limitations that scientists face when using traditional paper notebooks to track the progress of their research. Nonetheless, academic and government labs have not significantly shifted from traditional lab notebooks. On the other hand, about 1/3rd of the biopharmaceutical industry has reported that it has adopted the electronic notebook as its method for recording and maintaining data. Though the familiarity of paper lab […]

January 17, 2015

11:28 PM | The Sea Island Mathematical Manual
I was never knew a lot of things about how mathematics evolved in China and a couple of days ago I have found this incredible picture on Tumblr: Illustration of Liu Hui’s sea island survey methods. Published in 263 AD as an appendix to The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art, Liu Hui constructed mathematical […]
10:37 PM | Hormone regulation: it's all about control
[Note: This post is intended as reading material for my upcoming online course, "Canine Hormones: From molecules to behavior." This is an entirely online course offered through APDT, begins Februrary 3, and is worth 12 CEUs. I posted with more information. I encourage you to sign up!] One of the wisest things my introductory biology teacher ever said to us was “The body always has one foot on the gas pedal and one foot on the brake.” I think of this statement a lot when I am […]

January 16, 2015

4:09 AM | How to write 10,000 words a day
One of the most popular posts on the Thesis Whisperer is How to write 1000 words a day and not go bat shit crazy. Last year a Twitter follower brought to my attention a post called How I went from writing 2000 words to 10,000 words a day by the fiction writer Rachel Aaron. I […]

January 14, 2015

1:26 AM | Feeding the crazy
Let me tell you a story about a friend, let’s call him Todd. Todd used to work in an academic ‘think tank’ run by a famous professor, let’s call him Kenny. Kenny always tasked Todd with a series of high stakes, last minute projects. Todd always delivered on these projects, even though it caused him […]
12:09 AM | Science Travel 2014: A Year in Review
I figured I needed to write this post before we were too far down our 2015 paths to really justify reflecting on 2014.  As readers of this blog know, I’m all about conservation, but I’m also adamant about getting out there and enjoying nature and engaging in science for fun.  Life is busy, and making time for these sorts of experiences can be a challenge, but it’s so worth it.  We owe it to ourselves.  “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” […]

January 13, 2015

10:29 PM | Apples and Grapes
This post will be short and a little surprising (I hope). As you remember from some of my old posts (Games, Tutoring & Multiplication Table) I am tutoring a lot in this period and just a couple of days ago I got stuck at explaining something not extremely hard or complicated, and this is what […]
2:44 AM | How I got my dog back
I was in Boston, seeing some old friends. My dogs were two hours away in Connecticut, with the friend I was staying with. My shy dog Jenny had been doing so well, really relaxing around my friend. So I wasn't prepared when my friend called me. “How far away are you? You need to come back right now. Jenny ran away.”My husband and I were in the car in a few minutes, heading back to Connecticut. It wasn’t going to be a good scene when we got there. Jenny had slipped out of the […]

January 11, 2015

4:12 PM | Polygonal Insects
First of all I need to say that I was never ever a good friend with insects. There are some I find interesting, only butterflies are incredible beautiful for me, but others are not on my favorite list. And I have never thought I would love to see geometry (polygons) and insects together into an […]
1:38 AM | The history of palaeontology
Here's a great summary of some major palaeontological discoveries, from the 6th century B.C. to today! Image by Arcovenator [...]
12:48 AM | It takes a village to raise a ... hormone
[Note: this post is part of the course materials for my upcoming online class, Hormones: from molecules to behavior, with APDT.]  Hormones don't spring into existence from nowhere and they don't do their jobs in a vacuum. They work in concert with many, many other molecules in the incredibly complicated canine (and human) body. This is a world we never see and rarely think about: a world of microscopic molecules interacting in chaotic but ultimately purposeful fashion, somehow operating in […]

January 10, 2015

12:23 PM | Messages From Rome
I decided that instead of trying to merge the two posts I started in Rome, I would post them each, with dates. You’ll understand why. Saturday October 11, 2014 There is a giant golden rain tree out my window, below oleander, palms, and is that yucca? Growing up in a Mediterranean climate myself, I suppose […]

January 09, 2015

2:36 AM | Hormones: the public announcement system of the brain
[Note: this post is part of the course materials for my upcoming online class, Hormones: from molecules to behavior, with APDT.] There your dog is, minding his own business, when suddenly another dog attacks him. His brain suddenly has a bunch of physical changes to coordinate very quickly to deal with the emergency: routing energy away from the non-essentials (digestion, reproduction, certain parts of the immune system) and to what his body needs right now (muscle speed and strength). How to […]
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