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I got the chance to visit Harvard's Ott Lab last month to see how they are transforming animal lungs and damaged human lungs into organs the human body will accept. . Using a "detergent" they run through the cardiovascular system of the organs, they are able to remove the cells from the organ, leaving behind the structure of the organ. Then STEM cells are put back into the organ to rebuild them. Pictured above are pig and rat lungs at various stages of the process of having their cells removed. . To see the whole process, check out my recent article for MIT Technology Review at technologyreview.com! I had an amazing photographer along with me that took some awesome photos that are a lot better than these^!
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Out in the garden this morning, looking for jumping spiders in preparation for spider filming next week with @damianchristie! Here is me with a female Hypoblemum albovittatum, a jumping spider that is commonly found in New Zealand. I normally work with spiders in Kenya, but I'm excited to highlight how there is also amazing potential for inspiration and discovery right where we live @scientistselfies #spider #spiders #spidersofinstagram #arachnid #lovespiders #scientistswhoselfie #jumpingspider #Salticidae #salticid #spidersareourfriends #scientist #scicomm
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Alcohol!! 🍻🥂 Other than it being a staple for #gradschool and #academia , does it help with anything else?? ... Well in 2012 my adviser actually did a study looking at the effects of #alcohol on #creativity !! (See, sometimes we do cool stuff in #psychology ). What did they find? Well they found that alcohol does increase creativity! 🤘In their study, people that were intoxicated were able to solve MORE creative problems and FASTER. ... Now this does somewhat confirm what our culture seems to already think. But WHY does alcohol seem to benefit creative problem solving? One argument involves attention. People with diffuse attention (they just cant seem to focus as well) tend to solve creative problems better. Often in creative problems, the solution is difficult to reach because you have fixated on something that is preventing you from reaching the answer. But if your attention isn’t strong, you’re less likely to fixate as much. And that is where the alcohol comes in! Now with everything, there is a happy medium! You don’t want to drink so much that you can no longer do the task! But a beer 🍺 or glass of wine 🍷 here and there might help you get unstuck! ... Now with all research, there are some caveats. One is that this study used creative tasks in a laboratory setting, rather than a more complex task. Additionally, no one has tried to replicate the study yet! ... I would love to see how alcohol affects #programming . Anyone want to volunteer to drink and #code ? Does anyone write drunk and edit sober? Do you have any fun stories where you solved something creatively while intoxicated? ... .. . The paper is called “Uncorking the muse: Alcohol intoxication facilitates creative problem solving” by Jarosz, Colflesh, & Wiley (2012) if you want to give it a read!
Another sneak peek at an insect I'm working on for that #scicomm #sciart #animation project about basic #biology concepts. It's part of my upcoming YouTube channel series. #whatislife #WorkinProgress #illustrator #illustration #AfterEffects ⠀ ⠀ #phdlife #SideHustle
Yes to friends not followers. One of my motto’s is , “when your heart is full of love, your heart has room for everyone.” Mr Rogers said that 🙌 #biology #science #researchscientist #biologyteacher #climatescience #teachersofinstagram #citizenscientist #naturalist #pnw #thankyouforbeingafriend #wereallinthistogether #scicomm #friendsnotfollowers #normalizescience #bekind
Peucaea cassinii /Cassin's sparrow Zacatonero de Cassin 💓🌾 This buddy is a medium sized sparrow you can find him in brushy grasslands he prefers to eat insects and seeds by winter season, this bird is mostly in the ground picking food or giving a sort of little jumps. ______________________________________ Este amigo es un gorrión de tamaño mediano, puedes encontrarlo en pastizales con maleza, prefiere comer insectos y semillas en la temporada de invierno, esta ave se encuentra principalmente en el suelo recogiendo comida o dando una especie de brinquitos. #Coahuila #mx #birds #loveit #grasslandbirds #sparrows #fieldwork #biologistlife #scicomm
Something special came in the mail today! #diploma #missionaccomplished #MICAMADE #MICAPreneurship #UpStart2018 #UpStart #StartUp #MICACreativesAtWork #CreativeEntrepeneur #BMORECreative #Baltimore #TheBMORECreatives #CharmCityStartUps #MyBmore #artistpreneur #medart #sciart #biotech #communicatingscience #WomenInSTEM #STEAM #scicomm @MICA_CD @MICA_MPS @mica_alumni @MICAgrad @mica
Excited to fill up these empty seats for #scicomm workshops. To all of our attendees, don’t oversleep/get stranded on the west side. #PEEC2018
#Repost @couch_microscopy (@get_repost) ・・・ Large colony of peritrichs (Carchesium sp). 40x magnification. Darkfield. 🔈 . Music by @lanadelrey 🎶 . Peritrichs are unicellular ciliated protists found in marine and freshwater environments. They can anchor themselves to a substrate individually or form colonies that attach to a surface with a stalk that may branch off to multiple degrees. Living in a colony and working together to survive, feed, and ultimately reproduce like these little protists can help give insights into the origin of multicellularity because early eukaryotic life (organisms with a nucleus and membrane-bound organelles in their cells) i.e. what we now know as animals, plants, fungi, and a few protists depended on the development of multicellularity of many of their member organisms to survive. Humans wouldn't have been able to evolve without specialization of cell types and complex cellular networks that make up our tissues and organs, etc. The starting point for all of this was when individual cells of unicellular organisms began to work together and eventually through genetic changes, were able to divide together and carry on as single organisms made up of multiple cells that could carry out more complicated functions. For further reading on the evolution of multicellularity, look up choanoflageates and sponge evolution. If you want to go back even further in evolutionary time to learn about where eukaryotes came from, look up symbiogenesis/endosymbiosis. These topics are some of my favorites because they explain how life went from tiny simple cells to animals (us!) in the short span of 3.8 billion years. . #microscopy #science #nature #ciliate #underwater #protist #wildlife #biology #evolution #astrobiology #microscope #cells #freshwater #pondlife #marinebiology #microbiology #womeninstem #naturephotography #macro #purple #scicomm #outdoors #art #abstractart #water #astrophotography #sciart #contemporaryart #earthporn
It’s been a busy old week on the oh so science front! Finally settled on a name which meant I could get to work on a logo and website design... watch this space! #ohsoscience #sidehustle #onmydesk #ontheblog #bloggerlife #blogsociety #bloglovin #bloggergirl #bloggersofinstagram #girlboss #scienceblog #scicomm #womeninstem #stem #sciencebitch #sciencerules #scienceiscool
Received this little note in the post today after giving a talk to @godstoweprep - I think the concept of the Lunar and Planetary Institute being a subsidiary body of NASA is probably well beyond the five year olds 🔭 🚀 but describing what solids and liquids planets could be made up of definitely wasn’t for these scientists to be 🌏🔵🌐. . #sciencecommunication #scicomm #nasa #science #schoolvisit
#Darkskies are closer than you think #SoCal! @skies_away has the tools and experience to make your next event a life long memory. Need to kick the date night up a notch? Invite us and our telescopes to your next picnic, corporate party, birthday, dinner party, camping trip, or join us for our next astrophotography workshop in #DeathValley #nationalpark in March. We gotcha covered. Daytime and nighttime observing options available, live imaging, telescope tours. DM me or @skies_away or visit SkiesAway.com for details. #skiesaway #astronomy #outreach #scicomm #specialevents #malibu @malibumagazine @universetoday @planetarysociety @earthskyscience @hipcamp #astrophotography #timelapse #longexposure #celestron #sonyalpha
When the peacock tail falls of the cat's toy. #microworld #feathers #microphotography #micro #bio #scicomm
Peacock feather under microscope. #nofilter #microscope #microphotography #bio #scicomm #feathers
Loved having these ladies on set today at the #TMRO show! 👩🏻‍🚀📝Tune in this week for the interview on the TMRO channel on YouTube! 📺 Let’s explore space! 🚀 #space #spaceexploration #yurisnight #tmrowshow #show #tv #youtube #astroathens
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Casual conversation with Ted Janulis, the 43rd President of the Explorers Club at @nywildfilmfest #nywild #scicomm #womenforwildlife #conservation
More #stem #outreach @STLScienceCtr with @NSS_StL #spaceflight needs #marketing and the #kids understand. We don't do this for the adults we are here #educating our customers! The #children #education #scicomm #edtech #tech #startup #stlouis #stl #missouri
Sea Spider (Anoplodactylus evansi) 📷 @saschas31 ・・・ @saschas3 is one of the most active #Australasianfishes members but its not just fishes that he keeps his eye out for, as this awesome Sea Spider observation nicely demonstrates. • "Sea spiders amble along rocks and the sea floor and, using their proboscises, suck the juices from soft-bodied animals like sponges and anemones. With such a small central body, the digestive tract extends into the legs of the creature" - @inaturalistorg • @saschas31snapped this shot near the old Cronulla fisheries research facility(Sydney, Australia) and logged it on @inaturalistorg https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9820988 #naturalhistory #scicomm
Had an incredible experience talking to Dr. Amy Mainzer at the Space Symposium a few years back. It's almost time for this year's event, so make sure you come and volunteer at the @spacefoundation! #space #astronomy #readyjetgo #NEOWISE #Wonder #WomenInStem #Inspiration #SciComm
Optimize Study Time for Deep Learning👩‍🏫 - Whether you’re studying🤓 for a final exam or brushing up on new evidence📊 for your discipline, optimizing your study time for long-term learning is essential! With only so many hours in a day, here are some tried and true methods for getting the most out of your study time⏰ - These tips💡 help to promote deep, long-term learning so you can have knowledge for life✔️as opposed to just passing that test today and forgetting it tomorrow! - ✔️Tip 1: Uninterrupted Study Blocks🙇‍♀️ A great tool is to set a timer⏰ and study continuously for that amount of time. There is some conflicting research on the optimal amount of focus time (ranging from 25-50 min). So, this may take some experimenting on what works best for you💁! I’ve found that 4️⃣5️⃣ min of continuous focus followed by a 1️⃣5️⃣min break that involves some light physical activity (e.g. a walk🚶‍♀️) to get the blood pumping is optimal for productivity💡! - ✔️Tip 2: Retrieval Practice📝 This tip involves recalling information from memory and is essential for deep learning. This strategy is best implemented through describing concepts in your own words🗣, asking deeper questions about what was just read🤷‍♀️, self-quizzing🗒, and attempting to connect new concepts to what was learned previously📚. Although this may seem more time-consuming at first, you will spend less time re-learning this information in the future! - ✔️Tip 3: Plan ahead of time 📆 If you haven’t left studying to the night before your exam🙅, this tip is your secret weapon if you can stick to it! Plan out regular 1️⃣hour study blocks (1 hour = 45 min continuous study with 15 min break) weeks before the test to get maximal long-term retention of knowledge. If you’re in a health care profession👩‍⚕️, plan regular 1️⃣hour study blocks to brush up on new evidence and old notes to stay on your 🅰️game! - What are your tips to achieve an optimal study session❓ - - - #science #womeninscience #womeninstem #stem #scicomm #research #phd #phdlife #student #universitylife #collegelife #study #studyhard #studygram #studyspo #fitness #healthscience #studytips #efficient #studyhard #grind #studyblr #studying #stu