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Bridging the Gap from Bench to Bedside

February 28, 2020

by Edna Chiang

**Editor's note: This post is part of a series highlighting members of the ComSciCon community who recently attended the AAAS Annual Meeting, which took place from February 13-16, 2020 in Seattle, WA.

Spinal cord injuries affect ~17,810 people each year in the U.S.1 and can leave surviving patients physically and financially paralyzed for a lifetime. Jessica Chen was researching a treatment for this condition when a car accident left her...

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From Plant Biology to Conference Behavior: Using Research Skills Across Disciplines

February 26, 2020

by Ellen Brennan

**Editor's note: This post is part of a series highlighting members of the ComSciCon community who recently attended the AAAS Annual Meeting, which took place from February 13-16, 2020 in Seattle, WA.

The past decade has seen enormous landscape transformations, whether from the expansion of agriculture, wildfires like those in Australia and California, or even the slow changes of ecosystems. Such dramatic changes have led to an increased demand for...

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Arroz y Habichuelas: Making Science for Everyone

February 24, 2020

by Rose Hendricks

**Editor's note: This post is part of a series highlighting members of the ComSciCon community who recently attended the AAAS Annual Meeting, which took place from February 13-16, 2020 in Seattle, WA.

In Puerto Rico, rice and beans (“arroz y habichuelas”) are a unifying meal — whether you’re rich or poor, they are likely to be a key part of your diet. This is why Attabey Rodríguez Benítez called her first science blog Arroz y...

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What is a vaccine, anyway?

February 10, 2020

by Clair Geary

Over the last century, deaths and disability from infectious diseases have declined, largely due to improvements in sanitation, nutrition, and vaccines. These days, we often hear more about the hypothetical risks of vaccination rather than the very real dangers posed by the diseases these vaccines prevent. Increasing numbers of worried parents now choose to delay, or even forgo, vaccinating their children. A prime example is measles: while the disease was officially eliminated from the US in 2000 (...

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