Starting a PhD during ‘normal’ times is an adventure in itself, the start of a long and exciting academic commitment. But starting a PhD amid a global pandemic has certainly been a completely new experience and one that I couldn’t have ever contemplated. Continue reading Starting a PhD during a pandemic: My Experience
By Ralitsa Madsen, University of Cambridge
“Software Update. iOS 8.0 is ready to install. To install the update, make sure your iPhone is connected to its charger.”
Every iPhone user gets this notification on a regular basis. I am sure other smartphone systems have similar setups. Note how important it is that the hardware is charged. If it is not, the software can’t be installed. In fact, a completely dead battery means that not even the old software will be running.
By Leah Kivivali, La Trobe University
Inflammation. When most of us think of inflammation, we probably think about a swollen joint or swelling around a wound, but can inflammation also affect our brains. Ultimately, inflammation is good. It’s the process whereby our body eradicates invading pathogens and helps us fight disease. However, inflammation can turn bad when the signalling to turn it off after the threat has gone doesn’t work.
By Brittany Maule, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, USA
About halfway through my graduate degree, I reached a point where I’d accomplished a few things. My new video was done on my research, I’d been selected to attend a competitive conference on science communication, and I had finished up a summer collecting data on algae in streams. Pausing, I should have hung my hat on a productive first year. But I didn’t feel this way – not at all.