A Neuroscience Perspective on the Lifelong Consequences of Detaining Kids at the Border

Originally posted in Neuwrite San Diego, July 26, 2018 If you’ve been even partially tuned in to the news over the last few months, you’ve heard about the gut-wrenching separation of children from their parents at the United States border and the detainment centers where these children have been held. You may have seen pictures … Continue reading A Neuroscience Perspective on the Lifelong Consequences of Detaining Kids at the Border

Zika: Predicting the Long-Term Effects of an Unrelenting Virus

Originally posted in Neuwrite San Diego, June 28, 2018  Summer is upon us, and with that comes much-anticipated vacation travel. As you pack your bag with sunblock, clothes that haven’t seen the light of day since your trip last year, and that sci-fi novel that has been sitting on your nightstand since February, don’t forget what … Continue reading Zika: Predicting the Long-Term Effects of an Unrelenting Virus

Did Mom’s Immune System Affect Your Fetal Brain?

Originally posted in Psychology Today June 12, 2018 Researchers have found that a more active immune system in a pregnant mother can negatively impact the brain of her developing fetus. Previous epidemiological studies revealed a link between maternal inflammation (i.e. activation of mom’s immune system) and an increase in her child’s likelihood of developing a psychiatric disease... [Continued in Psychology … Continue reading Did Mom’s Immune System Affect Your Fetal Brain?

Botox: The good, the bad and the beautiful

Originally posted in Neuwrite San Diego February 15, 2018  Awards season is upon us. From the Golden Globes to the Grammys to the Oscars, we’ve seen celebrities posing on the red carpet, chatting with TV hosts, and accepting awards on stage. All the while I’ve found myself wondering, “Is he happy?” “Is she disappointed?” “Are emotions just … Continue reading Botox: The good, the bad and the beautiful

Science and S’mores: SciCommCamp 2017

Originally posted in NeuWrite San Diego November 23, 2017 SciCommCamp can be best described as a not-so-average conference for a diverse group of fabulously nerdy science communicators with a common goal: to make science publicly accessible. I left SciCommCamp with pep in my step and a bit more confidence in my planned post-graduate school transition out of … Continue reading Science and S’mores: SciCommCamp 2017

Science for All: Shifting Academic Communication at ComSciCon

Originally published by The Qualcomm Institute September 26, 2017 “Whose advisor is unhappy that they’re here today?” asked Leanne Chukoskie, an assistant research scientist at the Institute for Neural Computation at UC San Diego and an affiliate of the Qualcomm Institute. Looking around at a sea of raised hands, she continued, “Know that the act … Continue reading Science for All: Shifting Academic Communication at ComSciCon

Scientist Seeking Funding: Tips for Grant Writing

Originally published by The Q September 7, 2017 If you’re currently in science research then you’re well aware of the funding deficit, and it’s likely that at one point you or a fellow scientist friend has had research (or maybe even a job) on the line while eagerly awaiting a grant score. So, outside of completely reworking … Continue reading Scientist Seeking Funding: Tips for Grant Writing

Choose a program, have a life

September 8, 2017 As I formally accepted the offer to join my Ph.D. program, the massive weight on my chest began to dissolve, my shoulders relaxed, and my headache subsided. Choosing a program had been quite the roller coaster ride, filled with uncertainty and sleepless nights. “Phew, well that's finally over,” I said to myself. … Continue reading Choose a program, have a life