Life Science

In My DNA: How Our Lifestyle Impacts Our Genetic Code

April 23, 2020

by Jessica McAnulty 

Someone who loves to participate in marathons may say “running is in my blood”. Or someone who adores sweets (like myself) may claim “it’s in my DNA”. Individuals have tossed around this saying to help describe their interests. But what if our lifestyles or diets are actually affecting our DNA?

DNA, an abbreviation for deoxyribonucleic acid, is our genetic makeup. We have thousands of genes coding for proteins and cellular machinery that allow our bodies to function...

Read more about In My DNA: How Our Lifestyle Impacts Our Genetic Code
Ellen Brennan presents her poster at the AAAS meeting

ComSciCon-Michigan alum Ellen Brennan knows to just say “Yes, and…” to scientific discovery

April 20, 2020

by Donna McDermott

**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.

Ellen Brennan spent five months poking brain cells with a tiny wire, yet all she had to show for it was a bunch of weird data. “I went through my notebook,” she says, “to find anything worth talking about.” But instead of finding the typical signals of...

Read more about ComSciCon-Michigan alum Ellen Brennan knows to just say “Yes, and…” to scientific discovery

Science Communication allows us to better ‘digest’ all sorts of science

April 16, 2020

by Taran Lichtenberger

**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.**

Edna Chiang, a fourth year microbiology PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studies the gut microbes of hibernating ground squirrels, but the research’s bigger picture is way beyond the...

Read more about Science Communication allows us to better ‘digest’ all sorts of science

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...

Read more about Bridging the Gap from Bench to Bedside
Taran presenting her poster at AAAS 2020

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...

Read more about From Plant Biology to Conference Behavior: Using Research Skills Across Disciplines
Attabey holding a neon green speech bubble

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...

Read more about Arroz y Habichuelas: Making Science for Everyone
Sarah Reitz

Sarah Reitz

PhD Student in Neuroscience at University of Pennsylvania

Sarah is a neuroscience graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania where she works in Dr. Max Kelz's lab in the Department of Anesthesiology and...

Read more about Sarah Reitz
Brooke Dulka

Brooke N. Dulka

Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Dulka is a writer and a scientist. She is currently a postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she studies the neurobiology of age-...

Read more about Brooke N. Dulka

Pages