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Dispatches from the Future

It’s been a few weeks since the iGEM jamboree, a whirlwind, completely exhausting weekend of student synthetic biology projects. This tweet from Robin Sloan from the #igem2010 stream is a pretty good way to sum up the weekend: Tweets tagged #igem2010 right now read like dispatches from the future. (It’s the big student synthetic biology…

It’s not just Scott Kern who thinks that science is only about tedious benchwork and that grad students should be boring robots moving small volumes of liquid around 20 hours a day for the greater good. An unscientific analysis of the 169 comments and numerous comment thumbs ups of Hydrocalypse Industries’ most popular video shows…

Your Name in Protein

Thanks to the internet, you can find out your pirate name and your Jersey Shore name, and now thanks to the EMBL-EBI learning tools, you can find your protein name too! When you type your name into the box, the program reads the letters of your name as if they were the single-letter codes for…

Science in the News

The new season of Science in the News starts next week with a great schedule of science lectures by Harvard grad students free and open to the public. If you’re in the Boston area, definitely check it out! Here’s the schedule: September 22: Evidence-based Medicine: A Case Study of Vaccines and Autism September 29: Bots…

Teaching Synthetic Biology

I recently found this fascinating (relatively) old review article (open access) by awesome MIT professor Natalie Kuldell about teaching synthetic biology. Synthetic biology has integrated teaching and learning with the development of the field since basically the beginning of the field, with students contributing to new technologies through iGEM and academic lab-based courses. By actively…

Another day, another article about how women are biologically inferior to men when it comes to high-level math and science. The fact that this one comes from the New York Times Science section, a newspaper I typically respect very highly, is all the more tragic and frustrating. I don’t have time today to write with…

The World Science Festival starts today in New York City with tons of exciting events from BioArt to The Science of Star Trek and all sorts of great stuff in between! If you can’t make it to New York there’s also a twitter page and a blog here on ScienceBlogs accompanying the event that you…

I don’t get nearly as many emails asking for advice as I’m sure the lovely and talented Dr. Isis does, and I’m not sure if my advice can compare in quality and sassiness to hers, but I want to address the questions I get most often–how do you get into synthetic biology if your background…

Mini iGEM 2010!

I’ve been co-teaching a short class on synthetic biology this spring through the MIT High School Studies Program (HSSP). The program is awesome, I took classes through a similar MIT program as a nerdy middle schooler and have had a great time teaching the past few weeks (if you’re in the Boston area I highly…

Teachers’ Domain, a digital media resource for teachers, profiled Karmella Haynes, one of my amazing labmates! There’s a fun video of Karmella talking about her work on synthetic biology devices to track cancer cells and about careers in science streaming on the Teachers’ Domain website. You should all check it out, she’s an incredible scientist,…