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By: Leidamarie Tirado-Lee
March 23, 2015
The way we acquire information has changed drastically since I was young student. At the risk of dating myself, I remember needing to go to the library to take out books to write school reports.... Read more
By: Nisan Hubbard
March 18, 2015
Recently, people have been asking me for advice about careers after college. Often, they want to me to describe graduate school in the biological sciences. Each and every time I have this... Read more
By: Elaine Shen
March 16, 2015
Imagine hanging a pendulum on the inside of your car and accelerating forward. Which direction do you think the pendulum will move? Based on our common life experiences, we would expect the pendulum... Read more
By: Carolyn Wilke
March 10, 2015
Viruses are capable of creating havoc. Sometimes when I think about viruses, I get a picture of a massive outbreak. Usually this picture isn’t the nearly apocalyptic public health nightmare that’s... Read more
By: Claire Loe
March 9, 2015
Aluminum, copper, silver, gold, platinum. Lanthanum, Europium, Neodymium, Gadolinium. This might sound like some alchemist's recipe list, but these are all types of precious metals within your cell... Read more
By: Nick Griffiths
March 3, 2015
About 20 years ago, Miller and Coen published "The Case for Music in the Schools." In this article, they noted that 66 percent of music major applicants were accepted into medical schools, whereas... Read more
By: Claire Loe
February 23, 2015
I recently attended a panel discussion, hosted by the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, about the relationship between water and Chicago. I had gone into this seminar expecting to hear... Read more
By: Elaine Shen
February 18, 2015
Those of you who frequent the kitchen may be familiar with the experience of dripping water on a hot pan to check its temperature. If you sprinkle water on a mildly heated pan, it will slowly boil... Read more
By: Elaine Shen
February 5, 2015
I have always been an avid reader of comics, from classics such as Calvin and Hobbes, to the wonderfully nerdy webcomic xkcd. Comics are fantastically versatile, capable of appealing to broad... Read more
By: Claire Loe
February 3, 2015
If you were one of the millions of people to go see last summer's blockbuster film "The Fault in Our Stars," based off the novel of the same name by John Green, you might have been struck by a piece... Read more