Weekly Science News Round-Up, 11 November 2016
// A big thanks to @joshkking for the motivation to continue the weekly science news round-up!
It’s been quite a week. I hosted the third Twitter chat about mental health in academia (check out #MHPhDchat to follow and join the next chat on the second Tuesday of each month!). On Tuesday, I also shared the story of a scientist who reached out to me anonymously to share a story of struggling in academia.
Here are some interesting science news stories from the week:
// Neil deGrasse Tyson was on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week. They chatted the scientific method, fun facts, and his new book(s).
// As a woman in science, it is so important to support girls in the sciences. There’s a story this week about a politician in the UK, and father of science-loving girls, who called out a lunchbox maker for marketing a space-themed lunchbox specifically to boys.
// Could your birthday give you some predisposed resistance to the flu? Scientists at UCLA and the University of Arizona reported this week that children who were exposed to certain flu strains during childhood had resistance against animal-borne flu viruses (think the recent avian and porcine flus of recent years). How could this information be put into a personalized medicine or personalized healthcare approach? It will be interesting to follow this one.
// And finally, FriSciArt: here’s your weekly dose of science art. Here’s a great interview with science artist Jane Hartman. A great reminder that if you love science and art (or anything else!) you definitely don’t have to choose.