Zoe Donaldson on being young and female in academia


A Twitter storm reminded her.

Zoe Donaldson, a jointly appointed assistant professor in the departments of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology and Psychology & Neuroscience, isn’t quite the same person she was when she was looking for a job.

Two years—one ‘golden year’ of funded, independent research and a second spent establishing her lab in Boulder— separate those versions of herself.

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New tech monitors solar flares, space weather and keeps GPS accurate


It’s easy to forget that the sun isn’t the uniformly glowing orb it appears to be from Earth. In actuality, the sun is a tumultuous ball of nuclear explosions. Although those explosions don’t usually affect us in a physical way on Earth, they do affect the thousands of satellites orbiting our planet that control things like GPS and communications services we depend on everyday.

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Ten-hundred word challenge, part two: Sick bags and muscle parts in the brain

In the second installment of our Ten-hundred word challenge, inspired by the Up Goer Five xkcd.com comic, we explore the inner-workings of biology. Our writers take a crack at simplifying their research on how immune cells target and kill cancer cells, and why muscle proteins have been found in brain and ear cells. As always, we hope you have fun and learn a little from our light-hearted attempts at reducing highly advanced scientific research to the vocabulary of a five year old.

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Fashionable therapy brightens winter SADness

What if you could brighten your day with the push of a button? And if that shine came from your clothes? Your hat? Or even your glasses? From Google Glass and Recon’s heads-up display to FitBit and the Apple Watch, technology that you wear is no longer a thing of science fiction.

Halley Fiber optics scarf

There’s so much wearable technology out there, “why not use it to treat something?” asks Halley Profita, a PhD. student in the Correll Robotics and the Kane Superhuman Computing labs in the Computer Science department at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Exposing a possible Achilles’ heel in Gram-negative bacteria

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a Gram-negative bacteria that can cause 
pneumonia as well as other diseases.

Multidrug resistant bacterial infections are a major biomedical problem. In the US, drug resistant bacteria infect more than 2 million people, resulting in over 20,000 deaths. For this reason, the development of new antibiotics that target these organisms is a priority for the pharmaceutical industry and government agencies.

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