Terra Sigillata

Archives for September, 2008

The Japanese scientist who grew fascinated by fungi as a boy is one among five of this years’ recipients of a Lasker Award. Endo was specifically given the Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Dr Akira Endo first isolated the hypocholesterolemic compound, mevastatin or compactin, from Penicillium citrinum. Compactin was the forerunner to the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme…

Quick reads: Dr Marjorie Lee Brown

I’ll be a little light on blogging this week so I’ll mostly be sharing a couple of quick reads I’ve stumbled upon recently. This one is presented in light of my post last week on National HBCU Week and the accompanying post from my colleague, DrugMonkey (whose referral generated even more discussion). This tidbit is…

Oy vey! So this is how to handle them bloggers? Thanks for my morning chortle walking back from the driveway this morning with the Sunday New York Times: And four months ago, a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, who chronicles the governor’s career with an astringent eye, answered her phone to hear an assistant to the…

I can’t believe that it’s only been a year. Back in March I wrote about the importance of local wine shops, community resources just as important as your library or local farmer. Therein I sang the praises of my local heros, Seth Gross and Craig Heffley, proprietors of Wine Authorities in Durham, NC, and their…

Over 200,000 served. . .

. . .and I thank you for your support. I’m not a huge blog traffic addict and, in fact, I mostly keep a SiteMeter counter below because I get to see the geographical distribution of our readers. They have a great map feature where you can look at the locations of the last 100 or…

[Here is why I will always remember. This was posted here originally on 11 September 2006. ] Let me tell you about John Michael Griffin, Jr. Griff, as he was known in high school, was a friend of mine. Late in the first half of our lives, he stood up for me physically and philosophically,…

Despite having to employ biophysical methods in my day job, I must admit my woeful understanding of physics as a discipline. I wasn’t like my high school grease monkey friends using torque wrenches on their cars with Springsteenonian dedication and my lowest grade in undergrad came in physics. For that reason, I rarely have the…

When I went away to college after the summer when MTV was first launched, I had never heard of the term, “Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” But during the following summer while taking organic chemistry, I lived in a dorm with two visiting HBCU students who were doing internships at a local pharmaceutical company. The…

I just received a lovely e-mail from Dr Chris Patil, blogger at Ouroboros and postdoc fellow in the lab of the well-known aging researcher, Dr Judith Campisi at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Chris dialed me up to submit one of my posts to Hourglass, a monthly blog carnival he launched in July that focuses on…

If you ever have been so bored as to scroll down the blogroll on the sidebar to the left, you’ll see a category of links for “Other Stuff I Care About.” The Southern Law Poverty Center (SPLCenter) is amongst that stuff and the renewal form sitting beside me here at the home office tells me…