Science Communication: A Duty of the Next-Generation Scientist

Author: Jessica Y. Chen (@BluntDrJChen) Editors: Charles Lu, Ellyn Schinke, and Shweta Ramdas “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke It’s frustrating, as a scientist, to watch from afar as the claims of anti-vaxxers are given credence in many parts of the country, despite … Continue reading Science Communication: A Duty of the Next-Generation Scientist

MI DNA Day

MI DNA Day is an outreach event bringing science and scientists into local high schools around Michigan. Head over to their website to read their spotlights features with volunteer scientists, which they’ll be posting throughout the spring until the event on April 25th. Check back for more as they go up!   Introduction (Christina Vallianatos) … Continue reading MI DNA Day

To Complete or Not Complete (The Full Course of Antibiotics)

Author: Katie Wozniak Editors: Tricia Garay, Charles Lu, and Shweta Ramdas You may recall going to your doctor and being told to “complete the full course” of antibiotics that were prescribed to you. Over the last 70 years antibiotics have been used to treat bacterial infections. The CDC, FDA, and WHO have pointed out that … Continue reading To Complete or Not Complete (The Full Course of Antibiotics)

Lo que quiere la nariz: ¿Por qué el olor a gasolina es irresistible para algunos?

For the first post in our Spanish series, The Language Bank* at the University of Michigan translated a post written by Shweta Ramdas: “What the Nose Wants: Why the Scent of Gasoline is Irresistible to Some.” Por Shweta Ramdas  Traducido por Joan Liu* Editado por Yanaira Alonso Hace acerca de un mes, le comenté a … Continue reading Lo que quiere la nariz: ¿Por qué el olor a gasolina es irresistible para algunos?

Placebos: Tricking the Brain, Targeting the Body

Author: Shweta Ramdas Editors: Charles Lu, Whit Froehlich, and Scott Barolo Last year, when I pooh-poohed my mother’s alternative medicine regimen, she said, “But these actually work well for me, because I believe in them!” My mother had just outsmarted me with science. The placebo effect is one of the most remarkable yet least understood … Continue reading Placebos: Tricking the Brain, Targeting the Body

Can Patients with Early-Stage Breast Cancer Skip Chemotherapy?

Author: Lei Wan Editors: Whit Froehlich and Shweta Ramdas My mom was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. She had early-stage breast cancer: tumor size of less than five centimeters, fewer than three cancer-positive lymph nodes in the armpit region, and no cancer-positive lymph nodes nearby. But hers was also an aggressive type of cancer. … Continue reading Can Patients with Early-Stage Breast Cancer Skip Chemotherapy?

Did Big Data Win the Election for Trump?

Author: Katie Wozniak Editors: Jessica Cote, Noah Steinfeld, and Shweta Ramdas Five months after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, many remain confused about how Donald Trump made it into the White House despite leading a seemingly disorganized and unconventional campaign against a more experienced candidate. To understand how this happened, experts have taken a closer … Continue reading Did Big Data Win the Election for Trump?

RNA Symposium 2017

MiSciWriters is proud to partner with the University of Michigan Center for RNA Biomedicine to provide a live coverage of the 2nd annual symposium: “RNA in Precision Medicine.” We will live-blog the events here, and live-tweet from @MiSciWriters  9:10 am to 3:15 pm. on March 31st. Live-blogging coverage is released as an event unfolds, placing the … Continue reading RNA Symposium 2017