“Naturally Obsessed”: A Graduate Student’s Perspective

Last night, at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan, I attended a screening of a wonderful documentary by Richard and Carole Rifkind entitled “Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist”. This film documented the path and travails of 3 graduate students who were lucky enough to be in the laboratory of Dr. Lawrence Shapiro at … Continue reading “Naturally Obsessed”: A Graduate Student’s Perspective

Life at the Art-Science Interface

Currently on view at the New York Academy of Sciences Art Gallery is an exhibit of the molecular illustrations of Kenneth Eward. I followed the links to Kenneth’s website and found one of the most captivating animated illustrations of the molecular development of human life. His “A Window Into Human Life” won an honorable mention … Continue reading Life at the Art-Science Interface

On the Eve of an Historic Presidential Election

We are living at a truly monumental moment in history, as we stand on the brink of what will probably be one of the most important presidential elections in all of United States history. The air is absolutely crackling with the anticipation of the election of the first African American President of the United States … Continue reading On the Eve of an Historic Presidential Election

This Time, It’s Physiological

According to the diagnostic test in the ground-breaking book The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron, Ph.D., I am a "Highly Sensitive Person" (HSP). In her book, Dr. Aron, a pioneering psychologist, cites major studies demonstrating that approximately 15-20% of the human population possess a nervous system that, due to genetically inherited physiological characteristics, cause … Continue reading This Time, It’s Physiological

Fat Cell Switcheroo*

Humans, mice -- indeed all mammals -- have two types of fat cells in their bodies; white and brown. White fat cells store energy. In contrast, brown fat cells dissipate energy as heat, thus counteracting obesity. Much to the chagrin of humans living in industrialized societies, most fat cells in our (adult) bodies are white … Continue reading Fat Cell Switcheroo*

My First Guest Blogger Writes About… The Wad of Fat: A Secret Every Woman Needs to Know

I am honored to have Elise LeQuire as my first guest blogger. Here she shares her unfortunate experience with the gross insensitivity that many breast cancer patients face from the medical establishment. Elise is a highly experienced freelance Science Writer and a member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). You can learn more … Continue reading My First Guest Blogger Writes About… The Wad of Fat: A Secret Every Woman Needs to Know