Book Review: “It’s Catching” by Jennifer Gardy

April 24th, 2014 in MisCELLany with No Comments

It's Catching

[Featured Image courtesy  All pictures used with permission of Dr. Jennifer Gardy]

“Mommy, Jennifer looks like you and she loves germs like you do, too!”

I follow Dr. Jennifer Gardy on Twitter, and am a huge fan of her quirky horse-filled website – be sure to click on the horse’s mouth.  So, when I saw the announcement MORE

Fine Focus: Jewel Plummer Cobb

April 17th, 2014 in Fine Focus with No Comments

Jewel Cobb 1

[Featured image courtesy Connecticut College Magazine]

Learning about an influential women in science at this point in my career is an odd paradox:  I am simultaneously uplifted and inspired by their story and dismayed that I have made it this far and not heard a whisper about them.  Jewel Plummer Cobb, whom we profile in this edition of “Fine MORE

Women, Gender Roles, and Science Cheerleaders

April 10th, 2014 in MisCELLany with 1 Comment

Science Cheerleader Pic

[Featured image courtesy Pop Warner]

In high school, I was an asthmatic cellist who took a lot of AP classes and was on the Knowledge Bowl team.  Hardly a paragon of popularity, I never considered myself “cheerleader material.”  Sure, there were some cheerleaders in my AP science classes, but they were the exception rather than the rule.  In MORE

Making Friends with Your Gut Microbiota Part IV: Germs in Space!

April 3rd, 2014 in New Science with No Comments

Astronaut germs

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Mavenites, we’ve been discussing the importance of the gut microbiota to your overall health and well-being for a while now (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), and now we boldly go where (well, frankly, quite a few) men and women have gone before:  Space. 

A team of scientists led by MORE

#TBT: Tighty Whities Redux

March 27th, 2014 in MisCELLany with No Comments

tighty whities

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Mavenites, welcome to #TBT aka Throwback Thursday where we revisit some of our favorites.  In this inaugural post, we again discuss the importance of tighty whities and add a new twist:  Does filtration happen?

“Usually briefs.”   That was Bill Clinton’s answer in 1994 when asked on national TV the perennial question, “Boxers or briefs?” 

My non-scientist friends MORE

How Do We Communicate More Effectively about Vaccines?

vaccination kiss

[Featured image courtesy Slate]

Mavenites, I ran across this post on the news website Mother Jones with the headline:  “Study:  You Can’t Change an Anti-Vaxxer’s Mind.”  The article references a scientific study published in the journal Pediatrics in which parents who were against vaccinating their children were given four sources of information about vaccinating their children:  1) Information from MORE

Fine Focus: Karen James

March 13th, 2014 in Fine Focus with No Comments

Ripples of Doubt

Mavenites, welcome to a new blog series:  Fine Focus:  Women in Science, where we will highlight some of the current female movers and shakers in the scientific world as well as celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history.  Today’s Fine Focus is on Karen E. James, a staff scientist Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and co-founder and director MORE

Book Review: The Germ Code by Jason Tetro

March 6th, 2014 in MisCELLany with 1 Comment

Germ Code

[Cover of The Germ Code by Jason Tetro]

I’m a sucker for a good science book.  On my bookshelf you’ll find books with titles such as The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Woman with a Worm in Her HeadThe Secret Life of GermsPox:  An American History, and The Great Influenza:  The Story of MORE

What’s on YOUR Lab Coat?

February 27th, 2014 in Textbookery with No Comments


[Featured image courtesy Life Bridge Health]

Mavenites, here’s another sneak peak of a case study in the Maven’s 4th edition of Microbiology:  A Systems Approach, in which she asks, “What’s on YOUR lab coat? Some recently released guidelines on dress codes for medical workers give added insight to this issue.  

It’s not an uncommon sight in the health care MORE

Making Friends With Your Gut Microbiota, Part III: The Lovely Assistant Gets a Dog

February 20th, 2014 in New Science with No Comments

Zeus on desk edit

My husband grew up with dogs, but I did not.  As one of three out of four siblings with severe asthma and allergies, we grew up in a fairly hypoallergenic home that didn’t allow pets.  My pediatrician, who was an allergy and asthma expert in the 70s and 80s, warned my mother against bringing pets with dander into our home.  MORE