Ever think back to the time when you were just a single cell? Probably not. But consider the fact that your adult body is composed of upwards of 37 trillion cells! While we may take for granted this astounding accomplishment, it’s no small feat. How does a human embryo go from one cell to 37 trillion cells? Well, simple as it may sound, that first cell makes copies of itself and each of those new cells follows in turn to build a living, breathing human being.
Graduate school is a balancing act for most of us. We all have to juggle coursework, research, teaching, and perhaps some semblance of a social life. For Shalaya Kipp, a 1st year Integrative Physiology graduate student in Dr. Rodger Kram’s locomotion lab, this delicate balance consists of fulfilling graduate school responsibilities while training as a professional athlete.
If you’ve been paying attention to the news of late, you’re probably aware of the recent measles outbreak spreading across the country. Everyone’s talking about it—even the president. Most children have been vaccinated against measles and other deadly diseases, but those who haven’t are at risk of contracting the disease. It has been well established that vaccination is the best way to prevent illnesses, and even to eradicate diseases (think polio in the US and smallpox world-wide.) In fact, President Obama said in a recent speech that the science behind vaccination is “pretty indisputable.” But what is the science behind vaccines, and why do they work?
Be warned: after you finish reading this Snapshot you will probably feel the sudden need to explore your right-brained side. I definitely came away from my interview with Kika Tarsi with a commitment to try something new and artistic. Kika, a 5th year graduate student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, has more interesting hobbies then you can shake a stick at, and beautiful photos to back up her commitment to design and artistry.