i’m tired, i’m buzzing, my feet hurt from walking in non-walking shoes, my face is breaking out from wearing make-up, and i’ve been stopped multiple times to have my picture taken in costume. i think I’m finally doing dragon*con right!
ooh, can you share with us what you are cosplaying?
yeah! my boyfriend and i are going as Khan & Lt. Marla McGivers (from the TOS episode “Space Seed”)
i had quite the adventure putting his costume together back in sept/oct of last year (due to inexperience, mostly) that i made some posts about.
packing costumes for cosplay adds a whole new complicated element to packing
LIVING ON A GRAD STUDENT STIPEND
Congrats to all new and returning graduate students on their first week of grad school! No doubt you’re going through a rough transition, but are excited to meet your new cohort and explore your new domain. Now…I don’t want to rain on your parades, but Real Talk: you don’t make too much money and you probably aren’t going to get paid for another month. But don’t freak out! We here at STS have been there, done that and we have your back. This week’s blog post will walk you through how (and why!) to make an easy budget spreadsheet.
Even just being conscientious of your spending can help you to be more financially responsible. If you find yourself struggling these first few months do not hesitate to talk to people in your department and ask for some assistance. We’ll be on top of our game this week posting ways to help you save money, but we also want to hear from you! What are your best money saving tips?! If we get enough input and feedback I’ll try and make a budget template available for anyone to download!
If Janeway urged change in the field of science and encouraged even a handful of women to take to the stars, then it seems to me that her influence was considerable. As my father used to say to me, “The sky’s the limit, kid.” I got to amend that to, “Space is the limit, ladies.” And I meant it.
Applying to Grad School
I was asked how I chose what programs to apply to. If anyone wants to add anything, please feel free!
This is a great guide for anyone applying to grad school by scigeekalicious!
my advice for undergrads who want to apply to grad school. (Mostly for bio-sciences and based on my experience):
Work in a lab! Find an internship or a summer position! Volunteer!
- You will understand how the real research works and if this specific lifestyle is right for you. (I know many people who were great undergrad students and loved school but they quit grad school). Things to take into consideration (among others): crazy work schedules, stress, balance with personal life
- You will find what you like! By trying different areas.
- Your CV will be strong (experience is usually more important than good grades)
- You will get connections (I found my current job during my internship as an undergrad)
A class of bacteria commonly found in the guts of people—and rodents—appears to keep mice safe from food allergies, a study suggests.
The same bacteria are among those reduced by antibiotic use in early childhood. The research fits neatly into an emerging paradigm that helps explain a recent alarming increase in food allergies and other conditions, such as obesity and autoimmune disease, and hints at strategies to reverse the trend.
Food allergies have increased about 50% in children since 1997. There are various theories explaining why. One is that the 21st century lifestyle, which includes a diet very different from our ancestors’, lots of antibiotic use, and even a rise in cesarean section deliveries, has profoundly changed the makeup of microbes in the gut of many people in developed countries. For example, the average child in the United States has taken three courses of antibiotics by the time he or she is 2 years old, says Martin Blaser, an infectious disease specialist and microbiologist at New York University in New York City. (See here for more on the reach of microbiome research these days.)
Cathryn Nagler, an immunologist at the University of Chicago in Illinois, has spent years probing links between the immune system, intestinal bacteria, and the onset of allergies. Back in 2004, she and her colleagues reported that wiping out gut bacteria in mice led to food allergies. Since then, Nagler has continued trying to understand which bacteria offer allergy protection and how they accomplish that.
In one of the latest efforts, Nagler’s team first confirmed that mice given antibiotics early in life were far more susceptible to peanut sensitization, a model of human peanut allergy. Then, they introduced a solution containing Clostridia, a common class of bacteria that’s naturally found in the mammalian gut, into the rodents’ mouths and stomachs. The animals’ food allergen sensitization disappeared, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When the scientists instead introduced another common kind of healthy bacteria, called Bacteroides, into similarly allergy-prone mice, they didn’t see the same effect. Studying the rodents more carefully, the researchers determined that Clostridia were having a surprising effect on the mouse gut: Acting through certain immune cells, the bacteria helped keep peanut proteins that can cause allergic reactions out of the bloodstream. “The bacteria are maintaining the integrity of the [intestinal] barrier,” Nagler says.
The research “opens up new territory,” Blaser says. It “extends the frontier of how the microbiome is involved” in immune responses and the roles played by specific bacteria. (Blaser’s group reported earlier this month in Cell that giving mice penicillin soon after birth changed their gut microbiome and made them much more likely to be obese as adults.) Nagler and her university have filed for a patent application on the new findings. The ultimate goal is to “interrupt [the allergy] process by manipulating the microbiota,” she says—a probiotic consisting of Clostridia could be a new allergy therapy, for example. Nagler knows of none on the market yet, and they would need testing in people before becoming a treatment of choice.
i just realized, what am i even going to change my icon to????
dragon*con why do you make me chose
submitted my dissertation to the grad school and applied for graduation