Science capturing the public’s imagination

"Everyone should have a deep understanding of science." It seems like a lofty ideal. While it's one thing for the general public to respect scientists for their work, it's another to ask them to understand it on a deep level. As scientists and science writers share knowledge with others, we get a glimpse into their … Continue reading Science capturing the public’s imagination

An interview with Cadence Bambenek, a creative soul mixing her love of words and science

Cadence Bambenek is a lover of words and dystopian novels. Her experience at newspapers has lead her to current position Psychology Today. Her work can be found on her website, and, in this interview, we'll chat about what makes her amazing.Hussain: Cadence, let's start from the ground up. What made you interested in writing?CB: What … Continue reading An interview with Cadence Bambenek, a creative soul mixing her love of words and science

An interview with Anne McGovern, a bookworm unveiling the mysterious nature of science

In a world of growing distrust of statistics, empiricism, and academic authority, Anne McGovern never stops learning. In her writing career, including book reviews and science stories, she has understood the globalized culture of science and how to put difficult ideas in ways everyone can understand. The entirety of her work can be found on … Continue reading An interview with Anne McGovern, a bookworm unveiling the mysterious nature of science

An interview with Nicoletta Lanese, a polymath at the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things"

At the intersection of science, dance, and writing, Nicoletta Lanese pushes her limits in whatever she can do. With awards for research and writing under her belt, she choreographs every movement and thought on her blog. In this interview, we'll find out Nicoletta's story and understand this value she searches for in life.Hussain: First things first….how … Continue reading An interview with Nicoletta Lanese, a polymath at the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things"

An interview with Kayla Wiles, a writer finding a way for herself

Paving a path for yourself is never straightforward. Kayla Wiles, relations intern at ELIXIR, has paved this path in her mission as a science writer. As she balances values from scientists, physicians, and other professionals for the general public, she achieves these goals in communicating life science information. In this interview with her, we’ll share … Continue reading An interview with Kayla Wiles, a writer finding a way for herself

In defense of darkness (from the universe to our psyche)

"Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog" - Caspar David FriedrichWhen we take care of ourselves, we fight the good and the bad within us. Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche warned that fighting monsters without care could cause you to become a monster. Fighting internal monsters - like psychological stress or personal obstacles - requires coming to terms … Continue reading In defense of darkness (from the universe to our psyche)

Dreams shaping the moral landscape (and keeping us woke)

"Jacob's Dream" Jusepe de RiberaIf psychology were alchemy, then dreams might have the secrets people are looking for. At the back of everyone's mind, it might be true dreams should be ignored. But the subconscious is ever-awake, and, as psychologists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud would have suggested, dreams offer ways of interpretation and understanding one's … Continue reading Dreams shaping the moral landscape (and keeping us woke)

What scientists can learn from entrepreneurs

For scientists, business strategies might seem unimportant and learning how to market a product may appear unnecessary or even objectionable. But much like any profession, scientists can embrace entrepreneurship to make sure their work has an impact on society. At a recent Bio-sciences Entrepreneurship workshop, professionals from science and medicine learned how to innovate through … Continue reading What scientists can learn from entrepreneurs

Philosophy at the heart of powerless politics

"Orestes Pursued by the Furies"John Singer SargentThe crises of tomorrow's democracies come from the human aspect of ourselves. Beyond easily observable forces - scientific, political, or anything else - we seek to make connections with one another. Let's turn to philosophy.On May 1, Professor of Philosophy Martha Nussbaum will give the 2017 Jefferson Lecture in … Continue reading Philosophy at the heart of powerless politics