I Make People Uncomfortable

I recognize that I have an imposing stature. I am 5'11" (1.80 m) tall and was, up until a year ago, fairly overweight. Outside my family, I grew up surrounded by people who were smaller than me. Between my size and my love of school, I became a social outcast at a very young age.... Continue Reading →

Time, Love, Memory by Jonathan Weiner

Based on the recommendation from one of my professors, I recently finished this wonderful book by Jonathan Weiner. "Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior" beautifully walks the line between scientific and journalistic writing. It is the rare breed of book which is very well written and easy... Continue Reading →

People Over Politics

I have never been sexually assaulted or raped. I have been harassed, stalked, and patronized, but nothing that has given me nightmares; just the nature of being female. There are probably many reasons why I haven't been the target of a sexual predator (anyone who commits assault/rape is a predator), but any justification of my... Continue Reading →

Nerds on the Beach: BCB Retreat 2018

My graduate school has a very general scientific premise. We are the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; GSBS to those who know us. Everyone who graduates from my school receives a MS or PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Because biomedical sciences encompasses such a diverse array of research areas, students in our graduate school join a... Continue Reading →

One Year On

Full Disclosure: It is now the third week of the new semester, so this reflection is not exactly one year since starting my PhD, but the sentiment stands. Many things happened at once when our program began a year ago. Our orientation week was cut short and we missed the first week of classes due... Continue Reading →

Seeking A Balance

I am not great at hiding my emotions. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. As a result, people who know me well can quickly figure out when something is wrong. At dinner with my parents last week, it didn't take long for my mother to ask what was bothering me. I'm convinced... Continue Reading →

Watching From the Sidelines

Up to now, I had never had to watch someone close to me prepare for death. I knew it would happen eventually, but I had not considered how much it would occupy my attention, now how much I could learn from it. I am now watching my godparents and my grandfather, three people I am... Continue Reading →

When to Stop Reading & Start Working

As a PhD student taking on a new research project, I have spent much of my time the past few months reading and learning about an unfamiliar scientific field. My work/time is funded by a NIH grant recently awarded to my advisor, so the foundation of what I will be studying has been thoroughly laid... Continue Reading →

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