In my last Spotlight on Science Post I talked about MySciCareer as a resource for scientists. Now, I’m back for another resource for scientists. The only podcasts I follow are This Week in Virology (TWIV) and This Week in Global Health (TWiGH). So when I heard about This Week in Science (TWIS) on twitter I had to check it out. I love learning about anything related to STEM. The cool thing about TWIS is that they talk about various topics in science and each episode is a chance to find out the latest things happening in science and technology. Continue reading Spotlight on Science: This Week in Science (#TWIS)
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In my first Spotlight on Science post I talked about Dr. Vincent Racaniello. In January I talked about resources for scientists. If you have been following my blog for some time you know that I am a toxicologist I am exploring a vaccine research career. Dr. Racaniello and Coursera.org are great resources to check out.
After taking the course and listening to Dr. Racaniello’s #TWIV podcasts I came across Dr. Greg Martin’s YouTube Channel after following him on twitter. Since I have been subscribed to his YouTube Channel for some time now I wanted to spotlight Dr. Martin as my second Spotlight on Science. Dr. Martin is a medical doctor with an MPH and MBA, Editor in Chief of Globalization and Health, and has diverse experience in global health. He is the person to watch if you want to learn more about global health. Continue reading Spotlight on Science: Global Health with Dr. Greg Martin #TWiGH
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In my 1st Blogiversary post I shared some of the things you can expect from Mademoiselle Scientist this year. September marks the beginning of Spotlight on Science. If you have been following my blog for some time now you may have checked out my other spotlight series: Mademoiselle Scientist Spotlight. If not check out my most recent blog post about Irène Joliot-Curie.
My goal for Spotlight on Science is to share science resources. For my first Spotlight on Science blog post I will spotlight Dr. Vincent Racaniello. Dr. Racaniello is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He has a YouTube Channel, Blog and is the host of a Science Podcast, called This Week in Virology (TWiV). Not to mention he offered two courses in virology on Cousera.org that I took and loved! Earlier this year I wrote a blog post about my experience using Coursera.org and taking his Virology Courses. I really enjoyed the course and now that the courses are over I like to tune into to his Podcasts and Blog. If you are interested in any aspects of virology you have to check out the links if you have not already. Since I’m interested in vaccine research, learning more about virology was right up my alley.
September is my favorite month and this month I have many things to celebrate. In my last post I talked about how September 2nd marked my 1st Blogiversary for Mademoiselle Scientist. Next week I am starting a new series, Spotlight on Science. Since Irène Joliot-Curie and I share the same birthday (September 12) it makes sense to pick her as my Mademoiselle Scientist September Birthday Spotlight. If you want to check out my other Mademoiselle Scientist Spotlights check out my blog posts about: Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb and Dr. Mae Jemison. These are all amazing Mademoiselle Scientists.
Irène Joliot-Curie was born on September 12, 1897 in Paris, France. She was the daughter of Marie and Pierre, two physicists that shared half of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 with Antoine Henri Becquerel. Following her parents footsteps she also excelled at science and mathematics. She even worked with her mother, Marie Curie at the Radium Institute in Paris. Like her mother, she was committed to science, excellence, research, and discovery.
Irène continued to excel and studied at the Radium Institute in Paris where her doctoral thesis focused on alpha rays of polonium. In 1925 after years of research she received her Doctorate of Science. While she was working at the Radium Institute she met a physicist named, Frédéric Joliot and a year later they were married. A few years later she was appointed as lecturer in 1932, and in 1935 their research paid off. They won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their recognition of their synthesis of new radioactive elements. After winning the Nobel Prize in 1937 Irène became a professor and later Director of the Radium Institute in 1946. To learn more about their Nobel Prize Award and others check out NobelPrize.org.
Their discovery led to further studies and tools to help with cancer treatment. After many years working with very hazardous materials Irène was diagnosed with leukemia due to exposure of polonium. Later her health began to decline and she died on March 17, 1956 of leukemia at the age of 58 after a lifetime of exposure to radiation.
We all know graduation is a time for joy, but sometimes it can be annoying when people ask you certain questions. After hearing these questions you might start to question yourself and feel like you have to make all your decisions about your future right now. News flash – you don’t!
Decisions take time and use this post-graduation time to celebrate and explore STEM career options.
Post-graduation blues are real and many recent graduates go through it. Even though this is a celebratory time it is also one of the first steps to jump-start your STEM career which can put a toll on your mental health. Remember to take care of your mind, body and spirit.
7 Ways to Overcome Post-Graduation Blues:
In my last post I shared tips for recent science graduates and now I want to share 5 things NEVER to ask a recent graduate. Do you remember the questions people asked you? I do! After hearing the same questions it can be annoying and frustrating, especially if you are not where you want to be in your STEM career. Things take time and people need to respect your decisions.
My Top 5 Things NEVER to Say to a Recent Graduate:
1. When are you going to get a job?:
This is the #1 question that recent graduates hate, especially if they have been looking for a job for a long time. We all know that it is hard to find a job nowadays and finding a job takes time. When they get a job they will let you know.
How can you Help: Instead offer to look over their applications, CV, resume or cover letters. Continue reading 5 Things NEVER to Ask a Recent Graduate
In my last post I shared some gift ideas for recent science graduates. What is one post-graduation tip that you remember? How did you feel after you graduated?
7 Tips for Recent Science Graduates: Continue reading 7 Tips for Recent Science Graduates
It’s graduation season. (Cue Pomp and Circumstance) I have compiled a list of gifts that are both functional and unique so you can find the perfect gift for your science graduate. What gift is your favorite?
10 Gift Ideas for Science Graduates: Continue reading 10 Gift Ideas for Science Graduates
The World Vaccine Congress is the World’s Largest Vaccine Business Development, Research, Technology Show and Conference. This year was the 14th Annual World Vaccine Congress and it was on March 24-26 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Even though the conference was only three days, it was very informative. The World Vaccine Congress is a place where you will hear what is happening in the vaccine research field at all different levels: Industry, Biotech, Pharma, Government/Regulatory, NGO, Academic/Research, Investors in many parts of the world USA, UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and much more! Many of the top leaders in vaccine research were there.
Besides attending the conference I volunteered as a Networking Genie and my job was to show people how to navigate the Free World Vaccine Nation App. When you register for the conference you can upload a professional headshot and bio for others to see. You can see the sponsors, companies, tweet and see who is attending the conference. Many of the conferences I have been to are using apps now. What do you think of apps for conferences? Do you use them? Continue reading Research: World Vaccine Congress 2014 Reflection
In honor of Women History Month I decided to write a post to celebrate Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi.
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Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is a virologist, professor, and Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit, Virology Department at Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. Dr. Barré-Sinoussi was born on July 30, 1947 in Paris, France. She was the only child and had a passion for science at an early age. When she entered undergraduate she decided to pursue a natural science degree because she wanted to make discoveries.
Shortly after she began to work in the laboratory with Jean-Claude Chermann at the Pasteur Institute studying retroviruses and cancer in mice and completed her Ph.D. there. In 1975 she was offered a fully funded research position supervised by Montagnier. Since I am interested vaccine and infectious disease research I wanted to showcase Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi’s cutting-edge contributions to science in the field of disease transmission, immunity, and virology.
In 2008 two of the greatest discoveries were honored. 2008 was the year the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was shared with three scientists. Harald zur Hausen has 1/2 of the Prize share “for his discovery of human papilloma virus causing cervical cancer”, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi has 1/4 of the Prize share and Luc Montagnier has 1/4 of the Prize share “for their discovery of human immunodeficiency5 virus”. As stated on Nobelprize.org website,”It was identified in lymphocytes from patients with enlarged lymph nodes in early stages of acquired immunodeficiency, and in the blood from patients with late stage disease” To learn more about the discovery check out the nobelprize.org.
Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi represents one of the 44 total women that have been awarded the Nobel Prize (1901-2013) and one of the 16 total women that have been awarded the Nobel Prize in the Sciences. She believes that receiving the Nobel Prize is also a prize for everyone in the community. Continue reading Women’s History Month Edition of Mademoiselle Scientist Spotlight: Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi