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A review I wrote with my mentor, Dr. Yehoash Raphael, hit advanced e-publication today in the journal Hearing Research. Check it out! Abstract below……… Transdifferentiation and its applicability for inner ear therapy During normal development, cells divide, then differentiate to adopt their individual form and function in an organism. Under most circumstances, mature cells cannot…

The IgNobel Awards are the humorous counterpart to the Nobel Prizes; each year the most bizarre (but real!) research is awarded the dubious honor of an ‘IgNobel.’ “The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine and technology,” said Marc Abrahams, editor of the science…

Adventures in Science and Ethics raised an interesting question today: How are graduate student getting their education funded? When I was first interviewing at graduate programs, I was astounded at the variability in their offered “recruitment package.” It often had very little to do with prestige of the university, cost of living in the city,…

Are women in the field of neuroscience still under-represented? Does there exist obstacles to their getting published in top journals? According to a Nature Neuroscience editorial on the subject, the situation is looking up (for them, but not for women). Only one in five papers published in Nature Neuroscience has a female corresponding author. This…

A common question I am asked, on my blog and in real life, is what is the “trick” to getting into a good graduate program (for the sciences). The trick is that there is no trick, but there are a few preparatory steps that *do* make all the difference in the application process. And no,…