Science Communication in 2017: A Meta Perspective II

– by Lia Paola Zambetti, PhD | Senior Project Officer | Research Development and Collaboration | The University of Sydney –  In the previous installment of “Science communication in 2017: a meta perspective” (click here to read), I discussed some of the main issues that science communication is facing today. In the second and final installment below, I describe […]


Science communication in 2017: A Meta Perspective

– by Lia Paola Zambetti, PhD | Senior Project Officer | Research Development and Collaboration | The University of Sydney –  To use a famous quote attributed to both Woody Allen and Eugene Ionesco: “God is dead, Marx is dead and science communication does not feel too well either.” At first glance, science communication suffers a credibility […]


21st Century Budget Cuts 21st Century Skills

by Sean M. McCaffery | Senior Research Assistant | The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education & Resilience  In May the Trump administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 was released. The proposal calls for a $9.2 billion spending cut to education. Among its provisions is the elimination of the Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers […]


Book Publication: Journeys in Science

  Our team is thrilled to announce that our first book Journeys in Science: Inspiring the Next Generation has finally been published by Elsevier! The book was authored by our co-directors Fanuel Muindi and Jessica Tsai.    It has been quite a journey since the writing started a little more than 2 years ago. This first book does not contain […]


Science Outreach: A culture shift still necessary

by Michelle Dookwah, Fanuel Muindi, & Jessica W. Tsai Growing concerns about science literacy in the United States have led to an increased need for science outreach and communication efforts by the scientific community [1]. However, major challenges exist due to the absence of integrated formal training for scientists to conduct science outreach and to […]


Do we really still need to empower women in science?

by Melanie Seiler, PhD | Biologist, Conservationist, Behavioral Scientist and Founder of The Female Scientist   – The article below was originally published by The Female Scientist on April 27, 2017 –  Are women and men perceived and treated equally in science? Do we still need special programs to support female scientists? This is what science tells […]


An open letter to the United States Congress

by Jessica W Tsai, MD, PhD, Joseph B Keller, PhD, and Fanuel Muindi, PhD Dear Congress, We thank you for your demonstration of commitment to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the recent announcement of an additional $2 billion allocation from now until the end of the fiscal year. President Trump’s recent proposal to […]

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Stories in Science: an Update

Stories in Science has been operational since November 2016. We are happy to announce that the number of visits to our website has continued to grow each month. In fact, the number of visitors roughly tripled between Jan and Feb 2017.  Our most popular published story was by Professor Robert Sapolsky from Stanford University titled […]

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Mission Statement Matters

Mission statements come in all shapes and sizes. They are an important aspect of any organization. Science initiatives and organizations need to have clear and concise mission statements which need to be reviewed frequently because all mission statements have built in assumptions. It is these assumptions that change with time. Consider the following: (1) What does your mission statement […]


Choosing a residency as an M.D.-Ph.D.

by Jessica Tsai Originally published in Science  So you’re finally finishing your M.D.-Ph.D. Congratulations! You’ve dissected cadavers, devoted hours to sitting in the library studying for exams, and spent many more on your feet seeing patients. You’ve completed many experiments (and failed many more), learned a thing or two about PowerPoint and data analysis, and […]


Let’s Teach HOW not what to Think

by Fanuel Muindi, PhD  We completely agree with Michelle Obama that we all should Let Girls Learn. The fact that 62 million girls worldwide are not in school is a heartbreak (1). Many point to the lack of resources as the issue, but as Michelle Obama pointed out in her recent CNN article, “often the root […]

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Training: Inspiring young people with stories in science

What is your scientific origin story? When did science first captivate you? Who were the people who truly engaged you in the scientific process and taught you how to think? As scientists, we often forget – and do not share enough – those experiences that inspired us into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in […]


A Focus on Statistical Math

by Fanuel Muindi  There needs to be a big push to integrate statistical math as early as possible during a child’s education. I think that a strong foundation in math will be absolutely essential for tomorrow’s scientists and other STEM professionals. This is already true now and it will undoubtedly be even more so as […]


Toward the next generation of graduate programs

by Fanuel Muindi  Originally published by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University HERE The current landscape of graduate training in the biosciences is a topic of much discussion among administrators, faculty, policy makers, and of course, student trainees themselves. Topics include research funding and publishing models, training in rigor and reproducibility, training […]


Redefining the integration of health literacy in STEM Education

by Ngobitak Ndiwane – Margaret E. Mahoney Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine –  Despite the fact that I knew I wanted to become a health care provider since middle school, I never understood the specifics of social health care programs such as Medicaid and Medicare until I was a sophomore in college taking […]


Make science a priority in Haiti

Gandhy Pierre-Louis, PhD This year marks the six-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the island nation of Haiti. The international community pledged financial support to aid in rebuilding and to orient the country towards the goal of reclaiming the title of  “Pearl of the Antilles”. However, half a decade later, the debate on how […]


Thinking beyond publication number

by Fanuel Muindi  I think today’s young scientists should also be evaluated on mentorship, teaching, science advocacy, and service in the community. I think an impact score that takes these factors into account should also be considered when young scientists are applying for faculty jobs, grants, and when they are being considered for tenure promotions. […]


The power of mentorship: paving the road for underrepresented students interested in STEM

by Ngobitak Ndiwane – Margaret E. Mahoney Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine –  As an African-American woman studying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) at a predominately white institution, I often found myself having few people I could turn to for advice and mentorship. It was a common occurrence for me to look […]


Find the time to pay it forward

by Fanuel Muindi  “If you had 5 extra hours per week to devote to advocacy for science, how would you use that time?” This is a question that was asked as part of NextGen VOICES series in the April 2014 issue of Science magazine. I wrote that “I would devote it to mentoring and giving […]


The M.D.-Ph.D. double agent

by Jessica Tsai  It was 2 o’clock on a Saturday morning. I felt exhausted, overwhelmed, and defeated. Still wearing my scrubs from the day before, I stared blankly at the wall in the dark room, holding the once-again botched Western blot, signifying hours lost to what should have been a simple task in my Ph.D. […]



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