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UA Cancer Center Team Identifies a Switch that May Help Target Dormant Cancer Cells

by Gaius J. Augustus for the University of Arizona Cancer CenterOriginally posted Sept. 26, 2017 to https://uacc.arizona.edu/news/ua-cancer-center-team-identifies-switch-may-help-target-dormant-cancer-cells TUCSON, Ariz. – A study by scientists at the University of Arizona and the University of Pittsburgh may hold the key to targeting...

5 Animation Tips You Need To Know When Sharing Your Science

Science is complex, but animation can make your science communication easier to understand! There are probably few who would deny that science is complicated.  But that doesn't mean it has to be impossible to understand.  Scientists are busy at work...

A Day in the Life of a PhD Student

I recently shared what my day as a PhD student is like on Twitter. From fixing error messages to eating "grown-up" lunches, I think you'll find that the grad school life is a bit different from what you might think....

Science communication: 5 new frontiers

When I left high school, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life: make stories. I wanted to draw comics, I wanted to write stories, I wanted to make movies. So I went to art school, where...

Biology & Life – Today’s Science Word

Life is one of those things we often take for granted. But that may be because it's just part of our existence every day. It might seem simple to define life as well, but it can be quite complex.  There are...

New Year, New Who? How to make and keep reasonable resolutions.

It's a brand new year, and you're ready to start out on a new goal. What's your new year's resolution? It's no secret that many people set unrealistic goals for the new year. Let's talk about what a reasonable goal...

Distal and Proximal – Today’s Science Word

Have you ever had difficulty describing where something is in relation to others? When scientists discuss where things are on a person or other animal, they also need words to compare.  Two such words are DISTAL and PROXIMAL. Distal means...

Into your DNA – Today’s Science Word

At the very core of making living things work is DNA, which stands for Deoxyribonucleic Acid.  DNA is just a  molecule, made up of different parts held together in a ladder-like structure.  We call this structure a double helix. DNA holds...

The erasure of race in genetics

"Race doesn't exist." I remember the first time I heard this.  I was in my evolution class in undergrad.  My professor pulled up a picture of two subspecies of bird.  They looked exactly alike, and my professor mentioned that there is...

Chromosome – Today’s Science Word

You have 3 billion bases in your DNA on 46 chromosomes (and 2 sex chromosomes), and if you stretched out, it would be 2m long!  So how can it fit into your cells? Your cells package the DNA, allowing it...

Understanding Pipeline is Essential for Success

What is a pipeline? In high school, I decided I would become an artist.  I was pushed to go to college by family and school.  And because I didn't know how to do it any other way, I did what...

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New Year, New Who? How to make and keep reasonable resolutions.

It’s a brand new year, and you’re ready to start out on a new goal. What’s your new year’s resolution?
It’s no secret that many people set unrealistic goals for the new year. Let’s talk about what a reasonable goal looks like, and then we’ll discuss ways to succeed at those goals.

Biology & Life – Today’s Science Word

Life is one of those things we often take for granted. But that may be because it's just part of our…

Distal and Proximal – Today’s Science Word

Have you ever had difficulty describing where something is in relation to others? When scientists discuss where things are on…

The Building Blocks – Today’s Science Word

The most common product of a genetic instruction is the protein.  Proteins are workhorses of the cell, helping reactions to…

Your Genetic Code Book – Today’s Science Word

Your codebook of DNA holds all the instructions needed to make your cells function.  Each unit of instruction comes in…

Chromosome – Today’s Science Word

You have 3 billion bases in your DNA on 46 chromosomes (and 2 sex chromosomes), and if you stretched out,…

Into your DNA – Today’s Science Word

At the very core of making living things work is DNA, which stands for Deoxyribonucleic Acid.  DNA is just a  molecule,…

Atoms and Molecules – Today’s Science Word

Would you believe it if I told you that you and I, the ground we walk on, the sun, and…

New global health guidelines may kill transgender people

I know that title sounds dramatic, but bear with me, because transgender lives are at stake.

If you aren’t aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced changes to gender non-conformity guidelines.  These guidelines remove “gender identity disorder” (GID) as a “mental disorder”.  Instead, the guidelines have been moved into the sexual health portion of global health guidelines.

At first glance, this seems like a good thing.  There are more than a few trans* activist groups that have worked diligently for this move.  However, I believe that this will make it harder for trans* people (especially people of color and poor trans* people) to access proper medical care.

A Day in the Life of a PhD Student

I recently shared what my day as a PhD student is like on Twitter. From fixing error messages to eating…

5 Animation Tips You Need To Know When Sharing Your Science

Animation can help explain your science with step-by-step presentation and motion. Here are 5 ways to integrate animation into your presentations and social media.

4 BIG things I’ve been up to

It’s been a while since I posted but not because things have been slow.   I’ve been hard at work on several new projects.  I hope you’ll be as excited as I am to see all the changes.

Understanding Pipeline is Essential for Success

My art career was shaped by my lack of accessibility to a pipeline that would have led me to a job.  The same can be said of my scientific career.  In this post, I discuss what an ideal pipeline looks like.

Our sexual harassment problem from the eyes of a transman

I was born female and transitioned to full-time male in my 20s.  I think people would like to believe that society treated me the same, but that’s absolutely not true. I’m treated very differently by men, by women, by almost everyone.  This is why I felt this post on sexual harassment was important.

5 Tips to Keep Moving Forward

Some days are really tough. Sometimes those days stretch out to weeks or months or more. Here are 5 tips for moving forward during dark times.