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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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Science communication: 5 new frontiers

Science writing allows us to communicate science to the general public, but we can do more. Science art and other fields are moving us into a new revolution of science communication. Read on for the next frontiers of science communication.

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

Cells can enter a dormant state called quiescence, and dormant cancer cells are resistant to chemotherapy and other treatments. A team led by UA Cancer Center researcher Guang Yao, PhD, has identified ways to regulate cell dormancy and “wake” these cells from their “slumber” to make them susceptible to cancer treatments.

Alternative careers in science, Part 3

In a previous post, I talked about academia not being designed for people who have depression, anxiety, etc to succeed.  I also spent some time talking about imposter syndrome. This particular post is the second in a series about careers other than being a research advisor (PI) or even being a researcher in industry. Part 3 in a 3 part series.

Learn Logic the Practical Way

When I started graduate school, I understood the science well, but was struggling to understand how to interpret results.  Learning logic through programming helped. Here’s how.

Stand Up to Authority with These 3 Steps

Afraid of authority? Stand up to authority with 3 steps to empowerment!

This piece of advice changed my life, but not in the way intended

I had a past that told me that I had to do whatever it took to reach the end of the road I was stuck on. But this piece of advice helped me realize that I can veer off course to find the path that’s right for me.

Mental Health: Silence When Things are Bad

Mental health issues impact my life as a PhD student as well as my future life as a scientist. Let’s talk about the impact these issues have and how we can create a community that fosters scientists who have chronic depression and anxiety.

What you need to know about failure in science

In science, we fail all the time. But we don’t talk about it nearly as much. Here’s what you need to know about failure in science.

Alternative careers in science, Part 2

In a previous post, I talked about academia not being designed for people who have depression, anxiety, etc to succeed.  I also spent some time talking about imposter syndrome. This particular post is the second in a series about careers other than being a research advisor (PI) or even being a researcher in industry. Part 2 in a 3 part series.

Redefining Diversity in Science

There is a lot of discussion in science right now about diversity (though not nearly enough). I’d like to focus today on, 1) how I define diversity and 2) what diversity does for science.

Alternative careers in science, Part 1

In a previous post, I talked about academia not being designed for people who have depression, anxiety, etc to succeed.  I also spent some time talking about imposter syndrome. This particular post is the first in a series about careers other than being a research advisor (PI) or even being a researcher in industry. Part 1 in a 3 part series.

Not being the “perfect” scientist

I was talking to my advisor that day about these vague plans of mine, and he said something along the lines of “Don’t discount doing research.  There aren’t enough researchers who think about science like you do.  Think about becoming a PI.”   I did think about that, and it became my new plan.  But did I really understand what being a PI meant?

Communication with the non-scientific community

When I was in film school, I remember one class being asked “Why do we make films?” and hearing many different responses. “But what about the audience?” my film professor asked.  Many of the students in the class were baffled.  They had never thought about important it was to effectively communicate their vision to the audience.

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…

Why science is political

That Profound Moment I was late that morning to the Precision Health Symposium, having slept in and missed my train,…