Publications

2015
Litwhiler M. Solving a biological puzzle: why some genes never change. CASW New Horizons in Science [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

A mysterious discovery has stumped scientists who study genetics at the cellular level for over a decade. Our genome, or collection of genes, has undergone many evolutionary changes since humankind first emerged millions of years ago, including parts of it that play a critical role in development and survival. Yet hundreds of small segments of our DNA have remained virtually unchanged not only among human beings, but across many other animal species whose lineages diverged before the time of the dinosaurs.

Gilman C. Tiny is the new huge: microthrusters for miniature satellites. CASW New Horizons in Science [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The new big thing in space is small—cubesats. A miniature satellite or cubesat is a box a few inches on a side, around a liter in volume and weighing about as much as a medium-sized pumpkin. Cubesats have been on the space scene for about 15 years, with hundreds launched, but many still regard them as little more than toys.

Yengul S. To Pluto and beyond: a journey to the outer reaches of the solar system. CASW New Horizons in Science [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

On Jan. 19, 2006, a powerful Atlas V rocket thundered off from Florida carrying NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. It got relatively little public attention. But its acceleration was singularly brutal: the destination of its payload was Pluto, over 3 billion miles away. The nuclear-powered New Horizons craft, carrying a mere 1,000 pounds of instruments, went on to set NASA interplanetary speed records the whole way.

Bezold C. With the population on the streets aging, homelessness mimics a chronic disease. CASW New Horizons in Science [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Homelessness is like other chronic medical problems: in need of a cure. That realization came to Margot Kushel as she was working as a resident physician at San Francisco General Hospital in the 1990s, and it has shaped her work ever since. More than a third of the patients in the inpatient wards were homeless, seeking medical care for issues that were often exacerbated by life on the streets. The patients rotating in and out of the hospital faced complex health problems. They had just one thing on their side: youth.

Urban D. Chew On This: A Story For Your Ears Only, Part 1. Blog of the National Center for Science Education [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's Version
Urban D. Chew On This: A Story For Your Ears Only, Part 2. Blog of the National Center for Science Education [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's Version
Bonga B. Listening to our universe with gravitational waves. Nature SciLogs [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's Version
Ziter C. Does Madison’s land-use past overshadow our present-day choices?. Yahara in situ, the blog of the Water Sustainability and Climate project at UW-Madison [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's Version
Newman M. Lung Reduction Surgery Conducted in India for the First Time on Scleroderma Patient. Scleroderma News Today [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's Version
Faherty S. Graduate Students Learn to Tell Science-y Stories at ComSciCon Events. Nature SciLogs [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's Version
Angus M. Seasonal Precipitation: Doubts about Droughts. Nature SciLogs [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's Version
Lebonville C. When Learning is Infectious – A Placebo Effect Beyond Belief. Nature SciLogs [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's Version
Hong L. The Long Road from Coley Toxins to Cancer Immunotherapies. Scientific American Guest Blog [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's Version
Zare A. Alzheimer's Disease: A Tale of Two Proteins. SciTable guest blog at Nature.com [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Intro from published article: ComSciCon is a workshop series organized by graduate students, for graduate students, focused on science communication skills. This is the first in a series of posts which showcases talent from the ComSciCon 2015, the national meeting in Cambridge, MA. You can find more details about the meeting here. We hope this can give an example of actual output that can come from conferences, the subject of upcoming blogposts. This piece is by Anahita Zare, a PhD candidate in chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Pan S. The Interleaving Effect: Mixing it up Boosts Learning. Scientific American Mind [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Studying related skills or concepts in parallel is a surprisingly effective way to train your brain

Shastri A. Living in the Deep. Natural History Magazine. 2015.
Furtney M. Predicting the Next Natural Disaster. Natural History Magazine. 2015.
Gasperini M. What is a Genome Anyways?. SciTable guest blog at Nature.com [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's Version
2014
Hwang J. Google Street View shows that gentrification in Chicago has largely bypassed poor minority neighborhoods, reinforcing urban inequality. Blog of the London School of Economics and Political Science, American Politics and Policy [Internet]. 2014. Publisher's Version
Rehnberg M. Why Save the Sky?. Astrobites [Internet]. 2014. Publisher's Version

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