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…

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…

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……

MD/PhD & MD Applications: A Process of Perseverance

By Sai Phyo, St. John’s University Preparing applications for MD/PhD programs not only requires years of preparation – from doing research, to participating in extra-curricular activities, to having good grades – but also requires perseverance during the application process itself. As a fellow MD/PhD applicant, I know firsthand that taking advantage of available resources and…

Becoming Competitive for a Teaching (and research) Position: Part II

By Joseph Provost Job hunting season Advertisement an open position can be an expensive proposition for most schools, especially when most institutions will be hiring several positions each year.  To reduce costs, most schools will only advertise in one or two locations. The publications and websites most often used for PUI and teaching-centered positions are…

Becoming Competitive for a Teaching (and Research) Position: Part I

By Joseph Provost, University of San Diego The number of articles and blog posts discussing the difficulties of finding a job are disheartening.  The jobs are out there, but the competition is steep.  Research-focused academic jobs are one of many career paths for a Ph.D.  Fortunate graduate students and post doctorates will have mentors or…

(Bio)Hackers: Taking Over a Body Near You

By Matthew Munson With the rise of digital computing and technology in the 21st century, scientists have made advancements that would have seemed like the work of science-fiction just a few decades ago.  One of modern technology’s most important advancements for the scientific community is the ability to instantly share information  from the comfort of…