Category Beyond biology

Marking the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou

The celebrated poet Maya Angelou just died. Read about her At the New York Times At CNN from Time Warner Cable news By Rick Lewis, NPS [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Read about her at the Poetry Foundation site, where you can also read some of her poetry. Read a quote from her son here, […]

Why less posting? Thoughts on life as a professor

This morning, while I was eating breakfast, I decided to see what The New York Times had on its website. Pretty quickly, my attention was caught by a blog post by Nicholas Kristof, entitled “Professors, we need you”. NOTE: THIS IS MY OPINION, AND MY OPINION ALONE. IT DOES NOT REFLECT ON OR COME FROM […]

Ada Lovelace Day: let’s talk about Henrietta Lacks

Hi, everyone! It’s been pretty quiet here recently, as I’ve just started a new job, and I love it, but it also is taking most of my science energy. But I couldn’t skip today: today is Bad News Biology’s one-year “blogiversary” (blogaversary?) and another Ada Lovelace Day! Instead of focusing on a particular woman who […]

Happy birthday, Rosalind Franklin!

Did you see today’s Google doodle? That is both a question I wish to ask you, and the question I was asked – via Facebook – by a friend this morning, before I’d even eaten breakfast. It’s been an intense day, so this is a pretty quick entry for you all…but here’s what you need […]

Happy birthday, Gregor Mendel!

I’ve had stuff happening in my life that’s kept me from posting here, but I can’t fail to mention to you all that today, July 20, is the anniversary of the birth of Gregor Mendel, regarded as the founder of modern genetics. This is due to his 1865 paper on the mode of inheritance. In […]

What’s it like being a science professor?

Today is a wonderful nerd holiday combination: Pi Day, and Albert Einstein’s birthday! While neither of those is strictly biology, math is important to biology, and honoring math feels like a very natural thing for this biologist to do. Albert Einstein, standing in front of a chalkboard. Photo by Ferdinand Schmutzer, obtained via Wikimedia Commons. […]

Dr Brainiac’s Opinionated Opinions: The Big Bang Theory

Today I want to take a minute to talk about how scientists are portrayed on the television show The Big Bang Theory: “The Egg Salad Equivalency” was probably my last episode of the show. I no longer feel like TBBT is true to my experience as a scientist, and one of the things I want […]