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April 04, 2014
By the time you are reading this, we will have a brand new student government.
Did you vote? If you are like me, you found it particularly hard to do so.
In the last few weeks, we have been told again and again how important it is for us to ...
A cosmic perspective on the frailty of human life
March 14, 2014
The last time I cried, I was in the Hayden Planetarium watching the universe expand on screen – webs of matter and dark matter stretching out across space and time to the soothing, narrative tones of Neil deGrasse Tyson.
I was fresh out of an intensive weekend of what I thought ...
UT needs to utilize the national stage Sex Week has allotted
February 28, 2014
The University of Tennessee has changed me.
I came in younger and more naïve, unsure about myself and my future, and just flat-out scared. I'm still most of those things, but – by the virtue of the UT professors who have let me into their programs and laboratories, the ...
It's time to adopt a new American dream
January 31, 2014
During Tuesday night's State of the Union address, President Obama used some variation of the word "work" just under 70 times. Given that his speech lasted a televised 65 minutes, applause and cheers included, that's more than a mention a minute.
For a speech that is generally thought ...
Sochi switch perpetuates Asian-American underrepresentation
January 17, 2014
Last Saturday, when figure skater Mirai Nagasu placed third at the U.S. National Championships, she had every reason to believe she had secured herself a position on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team. In Olympic years, after all, the U.S. National Championships have acted as the figure skating ...
Lindsay Lee, Rhodes Scholar
November 25, 2013
The first time I heard about Lindsay Lee, I was slacking off — checking my email in my high school statistics class.
I was a month or so removed from my interview with Steven Dandaneau, the then-director of the Chancellor's Honors Program and Haslam Scholars Program, and he had sent ...
Research offers a place to actively hope
November 20, 2013
When I first started doing research, I hated it. It made me feel like an idiot. I had been running full steam ahead towards the career as a doctor that I felt was expected of me, and research stopped me dead in my tracks, looked me in the eyes and ...
Arts, sciences collide with positive reactions at CERN
October 30, 2013
This past weekend, because I am, well, a nerd, I took the time I had off from working in my laboratory to travel to another laboratory — that of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN.
CERN houses the Large Hadron Collider, the highest-energy particle collider ever made ...
Harassment of women in science begs for change
October 23, 2013
Ripples of doubt.
This phrase has been trending on Twitter for the past few days, ever since science writer Monica Byrne named Bora Zivkovic, blog editor of Scientific American and influential science writer called by many "The Blogfather," as the before-anonymous man in her account of sexual harassment.
She made ...
When taking life for granted turns fatal
October 16, 2013
It is a great irony that in order to study life, one must often extinguish it.
Thus, there comes a time in every young biologist's life when he or she must decide what he or she is willing to kill in the name of scientific progress. For me, the ...
Shutdown 'slaughters' key research organizations
October 09, 2013
"Whoa, NCBI is down."
I am currently spending my semester abroad performing research at the Brain Research Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.
NCBI is the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and those were the words that came out of a post-doctoral fellow's mouth last Tuesday morning as he was informed ...
Comments crucial to bridge gap between science, society
October 02, 2013
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Popular Science posted an online article in which they announced their plan to turn off their online comment section, effective immediately. "Comments," they claimed, "can be bad for science."
They have a point. Take a look at any comments section just about anywhere, and you will ...
America's apathy towards Navy Yard shooting is baffling
September 25, 2013
On the morning of Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, a man entered the Washington Navy Yard, assembled a shotgun in the bathroom, stepped out onto the fourth floor of the building and killed 12 people.
The media dutifully followed protocol—they raced to report the news as it came in (with ...
Beyond yes and no
September 11, 2013
Maybe I smiled too much.
That, I am ashamed to say, was what went through my mind as I pulled my head back and stilled my lips as a man who I had not danced with specifically, whose drink offers I had refused, and whose name I did not know ...