Monday, December 2, 2013

Cool video showing how snowflakes form. Since it's getting to be that time of year
Enjoy, -Elena

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sleep Empties the Brain's Dumpster

This was an interesting story - remember to get enough sleep!

Excerpt:  Studies in mice indicate that sleep's critical function is to allow metabolic waste products to be cleared from the brain, which apparently cannot occur during waking hours, researchers said.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Higgs Boson Nobel Prize!


Francois Englert and Peter Higgs were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 for the theory of how particles acquire mass.  In 1964 they proposed the theory.  In 2012 their ideas were confirmed by the discovery of the Higgs particle (also called the God particle) at the CERN laboratory outside Geneva in Switzerland.

Here is a fun rap explaining CERN, the place that allowed experiment to support theory:

This is really a big deal in science!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Niels Bohr!
Photo credit:  I Love Science

I haven't verified this, but it could be true ;)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Interesting Article

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Welcome Back to School Everyone!

Here is a possibility for something fun/educational and funded to do this semester :)

Tucson Audubon and Audubon Arizona are proud to offer the first Institute of Grassland Ecology - an experience of a lifetime! Immerse yourself in the subtle, understated beauty of one of the Earth's most threatened ecosystems.  

From October 3-6, 2013 you will explore a globally important habitat, encounter unique flora and fauna, engage with enthusiastic, expert faculty, participate in a national conservation project, camp in the golden, rolling grasslands of Elgin, Arizona, eat healthy, local produce from the kitchen of Dish for Dosha and make new friends!

For more information visit the website. Contact Institute Director, Bete Jones, at; 520-209-1812.

Scholarships Available.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Results of UCSF Clinical Trial May Change Standard of Care for Primary CNS Lymphoma

Described this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the trial involved 44 patients who were given a combination of high-dose chemotherapy with immune therapy, rather than the standard combination of chemotherapy with a technique known as whole-brain radiotherapy.

The figure shows the before (A) and after (B) brain scan of a primary CNS
lymphoma patient treated with a combination of high-dose chemotherapy with
immune therapy, avoiding the need for whole-brain radiotherapy. Image courtesy of
James Rubenstein.
The new treatment approach was significantly less toxic because it avoided whole-brain radiotherapy, which at high doses can kill brain cells and lead to a progressive deterioration of the function of the nervous system in patients. Many patients die from the toxicity of the radiation as opposed to the cancer itself.
The new treatment also seemed to work better, with the majority of patients on the trial still alive with a follow-up of nearly five years, researchers found.

The article, “Intensive Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Primary CNS Lymphoma: CALGB 50202 (Alliance 50202)” is authored by James L. Rubenstein, Eric D. Hsi, Jeffrey L. Johnson, Sin-Ho Jung, Megan O. Nakashima, Barbara Grant, Bruce D. Cheson, and Lawrence D. Kaplan. It appears in the April 8 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Easy ways to attract wildlife to your yard

Audubon's Director of Bird Conservation (and PC biosciences faculty) Tice Supplee explains how in this recent article:    
Photo credit:  Walter Nussbaumer
AZ front yard
Images and photo credit via Audubon Arizona

Link trouble?  Copy and paste here:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

See-Through Brains

Scientists have come up with a way to make whole brains transparent, so they can be labelled with molecular markers and imaged using a light microscope. The technique, called CLARITY, enabled its creators to produce the detailed 3D visualisations you see in this video. It works in mouse brains and human brains; here the team use it to look into the brain of a 7-year-old boy who had autism.
Original research paper
Nature News story:

Politics ;)


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How a Leafy Folk Remedy Stopped Bedbugs in Their Tracks - NYTimes

Thanks for the link Dr. Ortiz!

University Reps on Campus: Transfer Information Opportunities

April 11, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hannelly Center Office
ASU West New College Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences 
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hannelly Center Office
April 12, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hannelly Center Office
April 15, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hannelly Center Office
Benedictine University
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sophomore Square
April 16, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hannelly Center Office
University of Phoenix
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Outside Fannin Library
April 17, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hannelly Center Office
Grand Canyon University
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sophomore Square 
April 18, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hannelly Center Office
Upper Iowa University
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sophomore Square 
April 19, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hannelly Center Office

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Orientation Friday 1/18 at 1:00pm in DB114

See you all there!

Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Science Illuminates the Universe

You are invited to the ASU
 2013 BEYOND Annual Lecture:

Lisa Randall
"Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Science Illuminates the Universe"

Monday, February 11th, 2013 7:30pm
Neeb Hall, ASU Tempe Campus

Lisa Randall is one of the most exciting and best-known scientists alive today. Her widespread public following and her cutting-edge work in particle physics and cosmology earned her Time magazine's accolade of being among the world's "100 Most Influential People". In her lecture she will draw on ideas ranging from the famous Higgs boson to the enigmatic dark energy that pervades the universe to reflect on the nature of the scientific method, the relation between beauty and truth and the future of mankind. This event will provide a rare opportunity to glimpse the mind of one of today's most creative individuals. If you've ever wondered how the universe is put together, this lecture is for you!