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Meet Our Scientists VIDEO: Marco Milán: “To study how cells communicate with each other, perhaps the best model organism is the fruit fly”

Posted by on February 15th, 2017

The “Meet Our Scientists” video entitled “Our relative the fly” presents the research performed by Marco Millán on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of tissue growth during normal development, tissue homeostasis, and tumorigenesis.     Marco Milán, ICREA research professor, leads the Development and Growth Control Laboratory at IRB Barcelona. In the[…]

D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form – 100 Years On and Still Growing!

Posted by on February 7th, 2017

“For the harmony of the world is made manifest in Form and Number, and the heart and soul and all the poetry of Natural Philosophy are embodied in the concept of mathematical beauty.”     D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form, which celebrates its centenary this year, is one of the key works at the[…]

Kicking It Up a Notch: Becoming a Culturally Relevant Science Educator

Posted by on January 19th, 2017

I want to talk about how you can take your science teaching to the next level, where young people, and especially underrepresented young people (people of color, LGBT, immigrants, girls, etc.), find what you’re teaching engaging, relevant to their lives, and which research shows that if done thoughtfully, enables them to achieve a higher level[…]

Advocacy for Developmental Biology

Posted by on November 30th, 2016

To promote Developmental Biology, we should have our elevator pitches ready at all times – whenever there is an opportunity to talk about our discipline – be it to the public, students, fellow scientists or policy makers. This is a first attempt at providing a concise rationale and ideas that can be woven into such[…]

Life’s symphony: a fusion of art and science to display the beauty of development

Posted by on July 26th, 2016

Mark Hintze and Diana Gradinaru introduce their collaborative animation about the wonders of developmental biology.   How are you built?  How do you become the shape and form that you are? How are your arms the same length?  These questions and many others lead me to study for a PhD in developmental biology. Yet, during my PhD I[…]

Model Organism Database funding is in trouble: Let your voice be heard

Posted by on June 23rd, 2016

  Model Organisms such as yeast, worm, fly, fish, rat, and mouse are key drivers of biological research, providing manipulable and cost-effective experimental systems that continuously yield fundamental insights into human biology and health. These discoveries rely on the accumulated wealth of genetic, genomic and cellular knowledge for each organism, which is made accessible via[…]

Developing Future Biologists 2016: Discovering the new generation of scientists!

Posted by on June 22nd, 2016

Developing Future Biologists (DFB) is a student-led organization at University of Michigan dedicated to ensure that the next generation of biologists regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status have the opportunity to learn the core concepts of developmental biology. During the last week of May, DFB held its 2nd successful week-long short course aiming to inform students[…]

Science outreach Saturday through Friday

Posted by on May 8th, 2016

Today, the Rockefeller University held its third annual Science Saturday in New York City, its bigger science outreach event of the year.     I had the chance to get involved for the second time and I can attest it is unbelievably fun and rewarding!! Individual research labs and the Science Outreach team from Rockefeller University set up over 25 booths where[…]

A DNA laboratory for everybody: Bento Lab

Posted by on April 14th, 2016

Bento Lab – a low-cost portable DNA laboratory has been funded on Kickstarter in less than 36 hours. The team, led by Philipp Boeing and Bethan Wolfenden aims to transform hands-on molecular biology teaching and citizen science. They are raising funds on Kickstarter for another 7 days towards hands-on molecular biology education. Here, Philipp explains[…]

Science consulting: helping out a scriptwriter

Posted by on March 13th, 2016

During my years in New York, I unexpectedly experienced an interesting form of science outreach. I randomly met a film director at a party, Sasha Collington. This director explained to me that she needed the help a biologist to work on her new script. I accepted right away for three reasons. First, curiosity. Second, because[…]