August 17, 2015

The chatter in a cell

How communication between organelles helps in stressful situations
Rising Junior Josephine Lee writes about her ASPB SURF and how plant cell organelles keep each other in the loop during stress.
Hard at work in the Journal Sentinel newsroom
July 27, 2015

Why my sources are (usually) happy to talk to me

Reporting on science shows me the links between journalism and research
Mid-way through my experience as a science journalist for the summer, I realized that unlike some of my colleagues in the newsroom around me, my sources were usually happy to talk with me about their work—the process, the scope, and the limitations.
June 15, 2015

I Can't Stress This Enough

Five Steps to Dealing with Stress as a Graduate Student or Postdoc
Being a scientist, particularly a scientist-in-training, can be stressful. Here are some ways I try to "simmer down now".
June 1, 2015

A Summer of Science Reporting

I'm taking a break from lab to head up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and report on today's science headlines.
May 16, 2015

Broadening Viewpoints

Lessons on the nature of the biotech industry as part of a graduate school education
There are increasing opportunities for graduate students to learn about careers beyond academia. I recently pursued one such opportunity when I took an introductory course on the function and nature of the biotech industry. I left the course with a reinforced motivation to pursue an academic career and greater knowledge on the possible applications of a science PhD.
April 29, 2015

Tiny Monster

The aquatic carnivorous bladderwort Utricularia gibba
One carnivorous plant that exhibits movement is the aquatic bladderwort U. gibba. Multiple tiny traps that grow along the length of free-floating (rootless) stems are used to catch prey (mostly zooplankton). U. gibba is becoming an exciting model system for the study trap function, genome size, and the development of complex plant structures.
April 14, 2015

Listening in on Plant Defenses

Music and plants has long captured our imagination. Now we have evidence that plants really benefit from responding to vibrations.
In a widely-reported study released last year, two researchers over at the University of Missouri, Columbia tested the effects on plant defenses of the vibrations caused by a caterpillar chewing on a leaf. Although much of the reporting fell prey to the temptation to claim the plants “heard” the chewing and responded, the real answer is both more complicated and more interesting.
April 1, 2015

Biking St. Louis

My exploration of bicycling culture in the St. Louis region

Bicycling in St. Louis can be a fun, rewarding, and at times challenging activity. I have explored many wonderful bicycle trails and paths and, although many improvements still need to be made, strong community interest in bicycling is reason to be enthusiastic about the future of bicycling in St. Louis.

March 9, 2015

Do the Math

What I Learned at a Negotiation Skills Workshop
I learned a great deal about the process of preparing and engaging in negotiation in this workshop. The active negotiation exercises were both the most challenging and the most useful part of the day. Uncomfortable as it was, taking part in mock negotiations pushed the participants to engage with the material in a real, rather than academic way.