October 20, 2014

6:00 AM | Alumnus profile #6 – Dr Sam Engwell
Dr Sam Engwell Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, INGV PhD title “Dynamics and Deposits of Large Explosive Eruptions”     1) The Twitter Challenge: Describe your PhD in 140 characters Investigation of eruption processes during supereruptions by analysis of deposits in deep-sea sediments. 2) Where are you now? What are you doing? I am a […]

October 19, 2014

8:11 PM | MCQ #2: BFHI and Breastfeeding Practices
 Filed under: #FOAMed Tagged: BFHI, breastfeeding, Community Medicine, mcq, Questions
7:53 PM | MCQ #1 Answer
Want another shot at the question? Have a go at it here before you check out the answer!   If the baseline district prevalence of TF in 1–9-year-old children is 10% or greater, antibiotic treatment of all residents should be undertaken annually for 3 years. After these three treatments, a repeat district survey should be…
7:47 PM | MCQ#1: Trachoma Control
When is blanket therapy advised for control of trachoma in a district? a. Prevalence of TF in 1-9 year old children >5% b. Prevalence of TF in 1-9 year old children >10% c. Prevalence of TF in 1-5 year old children >10% d. Prevalence of TF in 1-5 year old children >5%Filed under: #FOAMed Tagged:…

October 18, 2014

9:17 PM | Domestication and human evolution, streaming!
Domesticated humans, domesticated canids, domesticated finches! The Center for Academic Training & Research in Anthropogeny held a conference on domestication and human evolution, and live streamed it. I watched live, refusing to speak to my husband or dogs during it, which didn’t go over well. You, however, can watch the archive on YouTube.The conference was a series of short talks from researchers. These included:Robert Wayne, “The transformation of wolf to dog: history, […]
5:20 PM | MCQ #1: Trachoma
MCQ #1: Trachoma and its control.

October 17, 2014

7:37 PM | Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary
I know that most of this month, so far, was more about the Mathematicians’ Event and I believe sometimes it is to much, even if I love this event a lot. So I decided to do something completely new today: … Continue reading →
11:36 AM | Science Snap (#33): Earth Science Week
James Hickey is a PhD student in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. A geophysicist and volcanologist by trade, his PhD project is focussed on attempting to place constraints on volcanic unrest using integrated geodetic modelling. Earth Science Week is an international initiative to promote the great work that goes on in […]

October 16, 2014

8:44 PM | State of the Zombieverse
I haven’t been blogging much lately, and it’s mostly because I’ve been writing so much for more mainstream media outlets:“Neutering without a Scalpel” in the summer issue of the Whole Dog Journal. This story was about Zeuterin, a new product for performing chemical castration on a dog — in other words, non-surgical neutering. I tried to cover all the possible pros and cons of using Zeuterin versus the traditional surgical approach. I don’t think either […]
8:00 AM | Science snap (#32): Coral currents
KT Cooper is a PhD student in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. A carbonate geochemist by training, here she dives into the world of corals. Coral is misunderstood. It may look like a beautiful underwater plant, and for a long time it was thought to be one, but is in […]

October 15, 2014

11:17 PM | Journal articles, stress, and anti-depressants with me and APDT
I’m teaching another online course for APDT: Analyzing Journal Articles: Pre-Natal Stress and Anti-Depressants. I’m trying something new with this one. It's just one week long. Basically, I’m going to be walking through a recent journal article that I thought had interesting implications for dogs. There will be several short lectures at different experience levels. Some will provide background in the area to students who don’t have an extensive science background. Some […]

October 14, 2014

9:00 PM | STS and the Super Science Side of Tumblr TA Tips for Teaching
We here at STS have TAed a lot.  We both taught lab sections when we were juniors and seniors in undergrad and then we taught more sections during our master's work.  I also taught during my first year in PhD land.  As a graduate student, TAing is often non-optional (gotta' pay those bills), exciting (young minds!  oh golly!), frustrating (it's ON THE SYLLABUS!), and intimidating (wait, so I have to be in charge of 20+ other legal adults for an hour or more?).  So, what […]
8:00 AM | Things I wish I knew when I started my PhD…
As the academic year begins again, new PhD students across the country (and further) are slowly settling into their fresh surroundings. I stayed at the same university when I made the switch to postgraduate research but I still remember feeling quite lost at the start, not knowing what to do or where to be. I’m […]

October 12, 2014

8:30 PM | Celebrate Mathematicians part 2
I observed that you enjoyed my last post ( part 1 ) about the mathematicians born in October, so I decided to write a post for every 6 mathematicians (I believe it just easy to read and the post is not that … Continue reading →

October 10, 2014

1:00 PM | When Mentoring Undergraduates, Educate, Don't Regulate
This post was originally published on the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School's "student voices" blog. I've reposted the first bit here, and you can find the full text here."Universities often advertise student to faculty ratios in publicity pamphlets. Would you want to go to a class where the ratio was 1,000 to 1? How about 20 to 1? 8 to 1? What about 1 to 1? Undergraduate students who get involved in research put themselves in a unique position. They typically work under the […]

October 09, 2014

7:59 PM | World Post Day
I have just discovered that on 9th October is celebrated the World Post Day, organized by the Universal Postal Union, the United Nations agency for postal services. And I thought it would be a nice idea to show you my … Continue reading →

October 08, 2014

7:02 PM | Fossil README: Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California
I've created a new segment on this blog: Fossil ReadMe.Ever noticed the 'readme.txt' files that always accompany newly installed software? If you read it, you'd find useful information helping you understand the software you just installed. The Fossil ReadMe segment will function like a readme.txt file – providing background information required to understand the wider world of palaeontology. It will provide short reviews and links to books and/or documentaries which are useful to […]

October 07, 2014

9:00 PM | Is there a Doctor in the House?
I’m over a month into my PhD program and I’m still oscillating between wild, ecstatic optimism and stone cold, stop you in your tracks fear of the route ahead.  Completing a Master’s degree was two and a half years of hard work and setbacks culminating in one of the proudest, happiest moments of my life - successful defending of my thesis. I’m back on track for five more years of the grad student life, but these will be harder, faster, stronger times ahead than […]
6:00 AM | Phreatic eruptions – the silent assasins
The recent eruption of Mt Ontake, Japan tragically killed at least 50 hikers who were on the volcano at the time. Within hours of the eruption taking place, social media was flooded with first-hand video footage illustrating just how close many survivors came to perishing in an onrushing pyroclastic flow. Despite having a sophisticated seismic […]

October 05, 2014

1:45 PM | Celebrate Mathematicians part 1
As you already know from my post 100 Followers I am organizing an event about the mathematicians born in October. As a small reminder you can find this event on: Google+ , Facebook and also you can use #CelebratewithLThMath on Tumblr , Twitter or Instagram. With it I just to show … Continue reading →
9:39 AM | Super Mario, Minions, and Labguru
Earlier this week, we released a new plate element to Labguru's experiments and protocols modules. We claimed it's versatile and powerful. Did we mention it's also fun? Check out Stas's plate art: Want to try your hand at plate art? Signup for a Labguru trial, open a project, add a plate to an experiment procedure, then share your results in the comments below!

October 03, 2014

10:55 PM | September Favorites
So, it is time for September Favorites (or maybe kind of late of it in a way). As you probably know I had a long September, and also the university just started a couple of weeks and it was a … Continue reading →
7:07 PM | ICYMS 2: Dr. Ryan Bailey's Structurally-Controllable Scaffolds Influence Stem Cell Differentiation
In this installment of In Case You Missed Seminar, we'll look over the latest research from Dr. Ryan C. Bailey's group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Bailey and his group care about developing new biomaterials to aid in the separation and analysis of heterogeneous tissue samples, meaning samples composed of many different kinds of cells in varying disease states. If successful, the materials developed in his lab could allow clinicians to crank a lot more information out […]

October 01, 2014

9:00 AM | Bison, and Mosquitoes, and Shriners, Oh My!
Lost LakeDay 14Yellowstone National ParkMiles Hiked: 10 (80.7 overall)Nearing the completion of their Master’s theses, two young, wild women struck out on the adventure of a lifetime. Meridith and Rachel’s 2012 Besties National Park Roadtrip was a transformative journey around the Western US National Parks. 10 states. 9 National Parks and 1 National Monument. One summer of fun!Ecologist in actionAfter a day of full on touristing, it was time to get serious.  Our alarms went off […]
6:29 AM | Labguru Steps up to the Plate
Though Jeter is no longer stepping up to the plate, we're just getting started. In close consultation with customers including Victoria Yoon from Gladstone's Huang Lab and Alexander Chamessian from Duke's Ji Lab we've rolled out the ability to add a plate element to your protocol and experiment layouts. You may select the plate size, and quickly define the contents of each well. Here's a short video to see it in action:Well, well, well. Researchers may now easily and intuitively define the […]

September 27, 2014

9:33 PM | 100 Followers
OMG!! Thank you sooo soo so much! This made my day, week, everything! I am so happy to see that so many of you like and mostly want to see more of my math-love. As maybe you already know I … Continue reading →

September 26, 2014

4:15 PM | Chemistry Literature Feature Vol. VI
Have you seen a good paper lately? Written one? Send it in and have it featured here! treetownchem@gmail.comIn this episode of the Chemistry Literature Feature, we'll take a look at some new developments in molecular wires, track individual atoms through a catalyst that cleans your gasoline for you, meet some protein labels with interesting and useful functionalities, and more. But first, a quote from an education research seminar that recently happened in the department:Overheard at […]
2:13 PM | Just obeying orders? Rethinking obedience and atrocity
IF YOU only know about one research programme in psychology, chances are it is Stanley...

September 24, 2014

7:22 PM | TechFest
As I said in a previous post (this one: Lucy (2014) ) I did a week as a Festival Assistant at the beginning of September at TechFest in Aberdeen.  Firstly, you need to know that TechFest is Aberdeen and the North-East Scotland’s annual … Continue reading →

September 23, 2014

7:58 PM | Joining the Ranks of Tourists and Fangirls in Yellowstone
Obligatory "NP Sign" PhotoDay 13Yellowstone National ParkTotal Miles Hiked: 3.5ish (70.7 overall)After the rainNearing the completion of their Master’s theses, two young, wild women struck out on the adventure of a lifetime. Meridith and Rachel’s 2012 Besties National Park Roadtrip was a transformative journey around the Western US National Parks. 10 states. 9 National Parks and 1 National Monument. One summer of fun!Yellowstone, the Disney of U.S. National Parks. America’s […]
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