Zika: Has this virus lost its bite?

Originally published by NeuWrite San Diego August 17, 2017 Do you live in a generally cool, dry place and rarely think about mosquitoes? Was last year’s Zika outbreak of little personal concern? You may not have the option of staying carefree for much longer. The Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito is already enjoying widespread breeding grounds as temperatures steadily rise across … Continue reading Zika: Has this virus lost its bite?

This is why we need time machines: A PhD reflection

Originally posted by The Q July 26, 2017 As I enter into what is likely the final year of my PhD in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of California San Diego, I regularly find myself contemplating the last four years. Although my experience has been a generally positive one, it has also been filled … Continue reading This is why we need time machines: A PhD reflection

Alternative science careers: Beyond academia and industry

Originally published by The Q  May 16, 2017 When I was applying to graduate school I was under the impression that after obtaining my PhD there were two options: start a postdoctoral position in the hopes of one day securing a faculty spot at a research institution, or take an “alternative” career path and move into industry. It … Continue reading Alternative science careers: Beyond academia and industry

Navigating the Shifting Academic Research Landscape: Advice for the Junior Scientist

Originally published by Future of Research May 3, 2017 Procuring a tenure-track faculty position in academic scientific research is becoming an elusive dream for an ever-increasing number of junior candidates.  With the current percentage of successful faculty applicants hovering just above 15%, the majority of those with a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences are considering alternative career … Continue reading Navigating the Shifting Academic Research Landscape: Advice for the Junior Scientist

Looking Beyond the March: How Do We Continue to Advocate for Science?

Originally published by The BMS Times April 20, 2017 So, you’re heading to the March for Science this Saturday. Scientists and their supporters will unify to bring awareness to the importance that science holds in our community, but then what? What happens once the excitement surrounding the March for Science dies down? How can we bring awareness to … Continue reading Looking Beyond the March: How Do We Continue to Advocate for Science?

Bermuda 100 Challenge: Preserving Shipwrecks, Pixel by Pixel

Originally published by the Qualcomm Institute March 25, 2017 What if you could go on a digital dive to experience shipwrecks and other maritime heritage? This is exactly what a team of engineers, scientists and archaeologists are planning to make reality as they launch the Bermuda 100 Challenge, an ambitious campaign to document at least 100 … Continue reading Bermuda 100 Challenge: Preserving Shipwrecks, Pixel by Pixel

Out and About in San Diego: Events for the Science Enthusiast

Originally published by The BMS Times I feel lucky to live in such an amazing spot. No, I’m not talking sand and surf—I’m talking science. There are few places in the country (or the world, actually) that can compete with what San Diego has to offer. From academic research and drug development to public events … Continue reading Out and About in San Diego: Events for the Science Enthusiast

Around the Pier: With a ‘Lifelong Connection to Water,’ Samantha Murray Takes Helm of Biodiversity Master’s Program

Originally published by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography New executive director seeks to fill student toolboxes with the right knowledge and skills Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Executive Director Samantha Murray Samantha Murray describes herself as having an “undeniable, inextricable, lifelong connection to water” that drew her to marine science. That … Continue reading Around the Pier: With a ‘Lifelong Connection to Water,’ Samantha Murray Takes Helm of Biodiversity Master’s Program

Staying Unique for Over 40 Years: Beginnings and Evolution of UCSD Biomedical Sciences

Originally published by The BMS Times A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to sit down with Larry Brunton and Palmer Taylor, two Biomedical Sciences (BMS) faculty members who have been here at UCSD for decades, helping to guide and shape the program. They set the record straight on the founding of BMS, its … Continue reading Staying Unique for Over 40 Years: Beginnings and Evolution of UCSD Biomedical Sciences