Month: January 2014

Student Post: Get to the Punchline!

Jane Stieber is a dentist undergoing residency training in pediatric dentistry and a graduate student in The University of Washington Schools of Dentistry and Public Health. She uses questionnaires to learn about how parents take care of their children when

Student Post: Who’s Your Favorite Scientist?

Andy Pickering is a graduate student in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. He deploys instruments in the ocean and uses the data to study giant waves thousands of meters below the surface. In our seminar, we’ve

Student Post: The Science Love Story

Natalia Woodward is finishing up her Master’s degree in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington.  She is studying climate change impacts on the water quality of Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. One of the

Student Post: Science is a Different Language– Anecdotes on Avoiding Jargon

Jacquelyn Braggin is a PhD student at the University of Washington pursuing research in Microbiology. She studies how viruses can overcome the human body’s natural defenses against microorganisms. “We study herpes,” my classmates and I explained over beers to a

Student Post: Jargon be Gone!

Michelle Weirathmueller is a PhD student in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. She studies whale calls that show up as “noise” in earthquake records. Last week was the first meeting of this year’s Engage Science seminar. It

The role of scientific research in political debates: Does fluoridated drinking water lower IQ?

Lately I have been thinking about the role of science in political debates. I am from Kansas, so news from that state interests me. During last year’s legislative session several bills that involved claims about scientific evidence grabbed the media’s