Biology Fun-damentals

Mar 02, 2018

Diversity in academia

Posted in:  ·  My Research

I have ADHD and dyslexia. It has taken me years to be comfortable openly talking about this. I think the most surprising thing to me was that the greatest obstacle was myself. Not only the ‘diversity community’ but the academic community as a whole have been very welcoming. Below are my thoughts and experiences but I realize that many have not been so fortunate as myself.

I think its important to talk openly about this. First, it helps us accept ourselves - both our strengths and weakness. Secondly, there are a lot of opportunities for those brave enough to identify themselves, especially those with non-apparent disabilities.

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Apr 06, 2017

Ethereal Expression

Posted in:  ·  Art  My Research

My image, Ethereal Expression, was included as a semi-finalist in the University of Illinois Image of Research (2017). The entries represented a diverse set of fields including Math (honorable mention) and Library and Information Science (winner). Its wonderful to see the variety of research here at the university!

Two stickleback eggs - the left egg is transgenic and glows red under UV light while its sibling is unaffected. Read more…

Aug 08, 2016

The Goal of this Site

Posted in:  ·  Science

When reading this blog, please relax, enjoy the journey that is scientific learning and remember that science is for everyone.

I hope to bring techniques to you in digestible bites and maybe even point to their elegant use in the literature. Posts will included an explanation level rating. You may note that with these different levels, some techniques may get multiple entries at different levels, but not all will. I personally believe that any technique can be explained at even the simplest level.

Guide to Explanation Levels

Introductory is intended for a general, non-scientist audience (middle school or above), including those scared by science. Expect analogies and a focus more on the purpose behind a technique.

General is aimed at anyone with an interest (but not necessarily training) in science. This will include more on the logic behind the technique and its application (use and conclusions).

Detailed is reserved for biologist-in-training, as it will include some discussion of the measurement involved in the technique, which may be beyond the interest of a casual reader. However, the level of detail will still be at that of an introduction rather than a protocol. Additionally, this will be where differences in variants on the technique will be discussed in greater depth.

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May 05, 2016

The Art of Science 6.0

Posted in:  ·  Art  My Research

My image was included in the Art of Science 6.0 (2016). This is a wonderful opportunity to work with local artist to bring science to a larger audience. The artwork was featured at Gallery 217.

Original Image Artistic Reinterpretation
The Mind that Knows Itself
H & E stained saggital stickleback brain section with nuclei in purple and lipids in pink.          Artistic reinterpretation including bright colors.
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