107 students+ 42 volunteers= 1 successful event

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by Crystal Mendoza

By: Robin Willenbring

Volunteer teaching elementary students about neuroanatomy using real animal brains.

Volunteer teaching elementary students about neuroanatomy using real animal brains.

On a monthly basis, medical and graduate students receive an email from the Brainwaves team with the subject line containing some phrase including “Brainwaves Event”. Let’s be honest; a good portion of people automatically delete this. One reason might be that you have no idea what Brainwaves is (I know this because I have received guilt ridden apologies from people). Since you delete these emails (disclaimer: in the future you should actually read them), you most likely have no idea what this program is, [...]

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A New Frontier, Palliative Care in Ethiopia

Posted on March 27th, 2014 by Andrew M. Harrsion

By Matthew J. Borgo

From February 23 through March 1, 2014, I had an experience which I will not soon forget. I had the great fortune of being able to travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, spend time with the Gynecology/Obstetrics/Oncology team at Zewditu Memorial Hospital, and attend the 50th Annual Meeting of the Ethiopian Medical Association (EMA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of this anniversary meeting was Medical Tourism and Healthcare and over one thousand health professionals were in attendance.

Ethiopia is a country of many different ethnic groups. With a population estimated at almost 97 million, it is the 14th most populous country in the world. Life expectancy is currently 60.7 years with 0.03 physicians per [...]

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Embracing Diversity

Posted on March 14th, 2014 by Crystal Mendoza

I never considered myself diverse. I know this may sound contradictory considering I’m writing for the Education in Diversity Blog, but let me explain. I grew up in El Paso, TX, one of the many cities along the U.S.-Mexico border. The border encompasses Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California on the U.S. side and Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora, and Baja California Norte on the Mexican side. Both of my parents were born in Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to the United Sates when they were kids. Years later, they met and had me here in the U.S. thus making me first-generation American. Growing up on the border offers an interesting take on issues of immigration, race, and the blending of cultures. The issues many [...]

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Choosing Your Thesis Lab

Posted on February 28th, 2014 by Clara Castillejobecerra

During this time, most graduate students are busily wrapping up their last laboratory rotations and thinking about which one to choose. Some students have an easier time deciding which lab to join, but other students such as myself have a harder time making this decision. Committing to a lab is especially daunting when you start considering the great implications of this decision, not only during your PhD studies, but also in your future career in general. Since many of us are in this position, I think it is of great importance to have a few considerations when deciding which lab to join.

Before even starting to consider which lab you will fit into, it is crucial to know yourself first. Ask yourself as many [...]

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A Secret World – A Reflection on Homosexuality in the Islamic World

Posted on February 20th, 2014 by Andrew M. Harrsion

By Fareed Khawaja

NOTE (AMH): This post has been re-posted after the addition of new material. However, no removal of or changes to the original content were made.

There have been many successes for gay rights in the United States lately. With the recent strides made in both Utah and Oklahoma, one can say that the gay movement in America is progressing well. But what is the situation like for the LGBTI community in more conservative countries? To be more precise: the Islamic world.

In Islam, homosexuality is forbidden in both the Quran (Islamic holy book) and the Hadith (the sayings of the Holy Prophet), the two most important sources of Islamic [...]

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Productivity Tools for the Nascent Scientist

Posted on February 13th, 2014 by Danielle Miranda

by Ian C. Clift

75% of graduate students in a recent survey have reported dealing with stress in the past year. The main source of stress is the pressure to produce. And why not? With deadlines, classes, experiments, and presentations, graduate students are under a lot of pressure to produce. There are three ideas for increasing productivity that I use regularly and maybe they can help you as well. I didn't come up with these ideas, I learned them (see the embedded links in the text), and below I will provide an example of their utility in a scientific research environment. But before I do, there are two things you should already have:

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Judge for yourself

Posted on January 17th, 2014 by Carl Gustafson

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Last year, on a whim, I volunteered at the Rochester Regional Science Fair. Growing up, I was never in science fairs, and it’s fair to say that when I signed up to be a judge at one, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. As it turns out, science fairs are completely fascinating, and I totally missed out as a kid (way to go, Mom…). That’s what I get for being homeschooled deep in the north woods of Minnesota, but I’m getting off track. Let’s start over.

Last year, on a whim, I volunteered at the Rochester Regional Science Fair. [...]

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The Science of Work-life Balance

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by Stella Hartono

 I always consider New Year's Day as a great time for self-introspection: to look back into what I have accomplished in the previous year and think of ways to improve myself. One of the consistent subject for assessment is how I divide my time among my myriad of responsibilities, and that is why I chose this topic for the blog.

As an MD/PhD student and a single mother to a 14 year old girl, people often ask if I have work-life balance. I assume the question refers to how I juggle the demands of being a medical/graduate student and the responsibilities of being a mother. My response was that “I do not believe in work-life balance. I take each day as it comes and [...]

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