Megan Schutt: Our Renewable Energy
Energy / Energy, News, and Climate / How do we science? / Scientists in Action!

Megan Schutt: Our Renewable Energy

Does your blog seem a little sluggish?  Wishing you could ditch the coal-burning furnace keeping the internet connection blinking?  Worried that your blog’s carbon footprint is embarrassingly large considering it doesn’t even have feet?  My fellow blogger, you need some renewable energy, which means it’s probably time to call on Megan Schutt. Megan has been … Continue reading

Project Oratsimba
Guest Posts / Marine Life / Marine Preservation / Policy

Project Oratsimba

This is a guest post by Elyse Dankoski, a neurobiologist at the University of North Carolina. She recently spent 3 months in southeast Madagascar volunteering with Azafady’s Conservation Programme. This fall, I lived in a small community on the southeast coast of Madagascar called Sainte Luce. Sainte Luce is remote even by Madagascar’s standards, and … Continue reading

How to read a scientific paper – if you’re not a scientist
How do we science? / Science

How to read a scientific paper – if you’re not a scientist

If you don’t use phrases like heteroscedasticity, dynamic convection, or quantitative polymerase chain reaction in your everyday life, join the club. I don’t either. But words like these can make scientific articles seem abstract and inaccessible. Have no fear, dear readers, I am here to tell you that you too can enjoy the pleasure derived … Continue reading

Science Communication Errwhere! The Top 5 Things I Learned at ComSciCon 2014
Conference Rundowns / Policy / Science / Science and Communication / Top 5

Science Communication Errwhere! The Top 5 Things I Learned at ComSciCon 2014

This past week, I was lucky enough to attend ComSciCon 2014 in Boston. ComSciCon stands for the “Communicating Science Conference” and is basically a workshop run by graduate students, for graduate students, so we can get together, share ideas, and ultimately become better science communicators. The workshop was a whirlwind of panel discussions, writing sessions, 1 … Continue reading

Can something in the ocean kill superbugs?
Guest Posts / How do we science? / Oddities in the Ocean / Science / Scientists in Action!

Can something in the ocean kill superbugs?

Today we have another guest post. This time from Maya, a fellow graduate student at UNC. Hello there, readers of UndertheC!! My name is Maya Nadimpalli, and I’m a PhD student in Environmental Microbiology at UNC’s School of Public Health. I’ve been taking a great Science Communication class this past semester with some of the … Continue reading

Paradigm Shifts in academic publishing: Is how we write a problem?
Science / Science and Communication

Paradigm Shifts in academic publishing: Is how we write a problem?

Recently I have been exploring the topic of science writing and communication, through a class on science comm, this blog, and through reading tons of papers (because you know, grad student). Throughout my adventures I have discovered something very interesting. Often I will read a paper inside of my own field, tangentially related to my … Continue reading