I Am an Award Winning Science Photographer!

I have been waiting years to say that and now it’s true! Well mostly true. I won a gift card and got published! I won best chemistry photo for the month of May in Chemistry and Engineering News aka c&en! WOOT. My photo was of strawberry DNA extraction and I …

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From ATP to MRI: Mildred Cohn’s Pioneering Work in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (Women in Science 62)

ATP is the stuff of life.  Without it, cell communication shuts down, muscles freeze, and anything requiring ready energy (which is to say, darn near everything) stops.  For biologists, it’s a critically important molecule to understand, but most of its secrets remained locked up until one person, who was very …

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Argonne National Laboratory’s Microbiome Project: Surgery

Shortly after I’d written my last post (let’s not reflect on how long ago that was), I got tapped for a freelance project with Argonne National Laboratories. They have a YouTube series with Dr. Jack Gilbert called The Microbiome Project, and were looking to have a medical animation of what …


Serotonin Painting

This painting is acrylic on canvas and is 16″ x 20″. This is a patron supported art project. This is painting of serotonin molecules acting as neurotransmitters in the brain. Because of the widespread use of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) this is the depiction and story of serotonin that …

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The Women in Science Reading List: The Twenty Best (And Four Not Best) Books To Read and Own

When I first started collecting biographies of female scientists, I thought the genre, thanks to the historical and systemic neglect of the subject matter, would be fun to collect and relatively easy to complete.  Some Curie, some Meitner, a Franklin or two, and done.  Six years later, and my shelves …

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The Queen of Wind-Blown Sediments: Kelly Deuerling’s Aeolian Geochemistry (Women in Science 53)

Life is an ion-hungry enterprise.  Sure, carbs, proteins, and fatty acids get most of the press, but without a steady stream of calcium to help regulate signal transduction in cells, zinc to promote proper growth, iron for oxygen transport, and a host of other minerals besides, things start going very …

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Mad Art Cast: Blood Brain and Chick Tracts

This week A’s back on the ‘cast and we’re talking about an amazing bit of artistry in science (breaking the blood brain barrier) and a little bit of non-science in art (Chick Tracts), both full of awesome. You should join us for a listen! http://traffic.libsyn.com/madartcast/36_Mad_Art_Cast_36___Blood_Brain_Barrier_and_Chick_Tracts.mp3   SHOW NOTES: ALIVE by …

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More Than a Prize Unwon: The Manifold Legacies of Rosalind Franklin (Women in Science 50!)

When Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) succumbed to cancer at the age of thirty-seven, she left behind monumental contributions to three different fields of science, any one of which would have placed her on the short list of the world’s most significant twentieth century scientists.  And yet, when we talk about Franklin, …