Celebrating Friday

This week I am celebrating Friday by traveling to Atlanta to visit my family. I absolutely cannot wait to meet my niece for the first time! I hear that she looks (and acts) a lot like I do. Has that ever happened to you? Your niece/nephew is a mini-you, and you have no idea how? It blows…

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Choosing a paper for journal club

How do you choose a paper for journal club? For some bizarre reason, I volunteered to lead 2 journal clubs this week. They both were on the same day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Although I’ve improved at public speaking, I still get really nervous. Something about standing in front of…

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It’s fall, y’all.

The colors are changing, the leaves are falling, and pretty soon snow will come! Around this time every year (sometimes a bit earlier), the USMC hosts a family day. This year, we went to Eckert’s Farm and my baby fever was going haywire! All of the tiny babies on tiny pumpkins! Granted, the farm was 4.5…

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How to improve science writing skills

Do you want to improve your science writing skills? In science (& most fields), one of the most important skills involves communication. Writing succinctly, and clearly, is key to having a conversation with your audience. The better they understand your ideas, the easier it will be for you to “sell” your work. Whether it’s an essay, a…

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Fourth of July: Weekend Writing

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I celebrated Independence Day by sleeping in, eating home-made lasagna, and buying some much-needed jeans from American Eagle. I typically get my denim from Target, but I’ve found that the quality of clothes has really deteriorated. I usually love walking into Target and grabbing a cute shirt/dress/pair of jeans as I grocery shop, but…

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Practicing self-care in science

Happy Monday! If you’re like me, you went into work over the weekend, tried to catch up on reading new publications in your field, and were too tired to treat yourself to a much-needed haircut/manicure/nap. Or was that just me? Being in a STEM-related field can get tiresome, and it can also get lonely. For example,…

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