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 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…