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Just Like Old Times….

For one reason or another when I was a student at Texas A&M University, I seemed to find myself in the student paper, The Battalion, fairly frequently–whether I was writing a letter to the editor, being quoted in a story, or reporting science news (as I did during my last semester there). It’s been a…

New Photos on the About Page

Dare I be so presumptuous to suggest that you’ve checked out the About page on my blog in the last couple of days, you may have noticed a few new photos. The first one was taken last summer in front of the Wellcome Trust building in London:

An individual cell inside the human body is in a dynamic environment: it not only has to anchor itself to its surroundings but also be able to communicate with them and respond as appropriate. One group of proteins–the integrins–play a central role in all of these tasks. The integrins are large (about 200,000 Da) membrane-spanning…

From the Archives: My 9/11 Story

Last year, I recounted my personal experience on September 11, 2001, and I offered some commentary about what that day–and the events of the ensuing year–meant to me and to American politics in general. I’ve reposted my 9/11 story again this year, below. (11 September 2006) When I was a freshman in college, at Texas…

The following is a transcript of the remarks I delivered to the Texas Aggie Democrats at Texas A&M University on September 5, 2007 (and I’ve added some links). I start out talking a little bit about the work I did in the organization when I was a student there, but I eventually get into the…

This one is for my readers at Texas A&M University. I’m currently visiting Texas for a couple of weeks, and I’ll be speaking at the first meeting of the semester of the Texas Aggie Democrats this Wednesday, 5 September, at 8:30 pm in Rudder 502. I’ll be talking a bit about the Democratic Party in…

Wait… is that smoke coming out of the upstairs window? Uh oh. That can’t be good….

South Africa, Here I Come!

There won’t be too much going on here at the blog for the next few weeks, as I’ll be in South Africa through mid April. It’ll be part travel and part community outreach (an educational project in conjunction with the South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP)). Hopefully I’ll be able to check in along…

(…and to ScienceBlogs.com, which was coincidentally launched on the same day.) Today marks the one year anniversary of my first post on The Scientific Activist, back at the old scientificactivist.blogspot.com site. The first post, which laid out fairly accurately what this site would be about, can be read here. In fact, if you read down…

The second paper from my undergraduate work at Texas A&M University was recently published in Molecular Cancer. The abstract can be found here, and the pdf of the full paper here. Molecular Cancer is an open access journal, so a subscription is not required to read the paper. It’s also an online-only journal that publishes…