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Putting your best poster forward

By Jessica Waninger-Saroni, St. Mary’s University Jessica received honorable mention in the 2014 ASBMB poster competition for Enzyme Mechanisms and Chemical Biology Best Thematic Poster Award. She presented her poster, “The crystal structure of SOD5; an unusual copper-only superoxide dismutase.” After countless hours spent in the lab doing experimental procedures, it can seem daunting to…

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Pufferfish Zombies

By Kyj Mandzy, Bellarmine University On April 30, 1962, Clairvius Narcisse was checked into Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelle, Haiti. His symptoms included fever, body aches, respiratory issues, and coughing up blood. Three days later, Clairvius Narcisse was pronounced dead. Narcisse’s life story turned downright bizarre when eighteen years later, his sister was approached by…

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The Uncertain Future of Antibiotics

By Elizabeth Ensink This fall, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report calling for greater attention and action on the issue of antibiotic resistance. Since the discovery of Penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, antibiotics have saved millions of lives. Without antibiotics, ear infections, sore throats, and even skin infections…

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The Science of Sweetness

By Kyj Mandzy, Bellarmine University Everyone likes sweets, but it is truly staggering to see to what extent they enjoy them. The average person in an industrialized country consumes 33.1kg of sugar a year. This accounts for a daily intake of 260 calories from sugar alone every single day, roughly one-eighth of the energy the…

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Becoming Competitive for a Teaching (and Research) Position Part III: I have an interview! Now what?

By Joseph Provost, University of San Diego After the marathon of creating an interesting research and teaching statement, chasing down letters of recommendation, and filling out piles of forms comes the painfully long wait to hear back.  However, if you get that call or email to arrange an interview, it is time for a celebration……