Month: February 2014

Student Post: Stick to Your Story

Sharon Greenblum is a graduate student in the Genome Sciences department of the University of Washington.  She builds computer models of how the bacteria that live in the human body interact with each other.  She uses these models to figure

Student Post: Take a Hint from Sci-Fi Films

Christina Jones is a PhD student in Pharmacology at the University of Washington Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. She studies a molecule that can amplify the healing abilities in a fish. She hopes to steal the fish’s tricks

I made a graph. It made me cry.

Earlier this week I testified before the Kansas House Committee on Judiciary as part of my family’s effort to have disclosure to patients of harmful medical errors made mandatory in the state of Kansas. You can read more about this

Student Post: Science Blogging — A Veritable Troll Bridge for the Modern Age

Brooke Cassell is a graduate student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. When she’s not studying fire and plants, she’s tramping around the forest looking for signs of fires and identifying plants. Fol

Crowdfunding Science Communication Training

Good news, everyone! The Engage Program has begun a crowdfunding campaign (check it out at, and it’s going swimmingly! If you haven’t heard, crowdfunding is the collective effort of many individuals to raise money for a cause, and it’s

Student Post: Insights from a Cocktail-less Cocktail Party

Shelley Chestler is a second year graduate student in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, at the University of Washington. She studies tiny earthquakes beneath the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. Grandmothers are curious beings. Not only does mine want to

Student Post: Scientist vs. Stephen Colbert

Megan Cartwright is a PhD student in Toxicology at the University of Washington.  She studies the bad things that could happen to our lungs if we inhale tiny, manmade fibers called carbon nanotubes, which are used in laptops and drug