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  • How to Make Scientists Not Boring

    Posted 08/08/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    I've had a collision of thoughts (mine and others) over the weekend and into this Monday morning, all dealing with scientists and communication. I love when that happens; all fronts meet in the middle and you realize that crazy idea percolating in your head is at the edge of others minds as we…
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  • UK Blood Test Predicts Life Expectancy

    Posted 05/17/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    How does a blood test tell you how long you might live? It's all in the DNA- but not the sequence of the DNA- in the replication of the DNA. Background: When cells want to divide and make daughter cells, they need to first make copies of their DNA (shown as smiley faces in the cell…
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  • Bitter on the Brain Update

    Posted 05/10/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    First it was the tongue, then the guts, then the lungs, now researchers have found evidence that there are bitter taste receptors in the brain! Why? The scientists think that the activation of bitter taste receptors in the brain increases calcium in brain cells and this increase in calcium…
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  • Bitter on the Brain

    Posted 05/09/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    Monday mornings I sort through the weekend's long trail of emails. As part of this routine, I receive my weekly search results on "chemoreception" from pubmed.gov-- an online database of biomedical publications. Usually I scan the titles and chalk it up to a "read later" file in my head- not t…
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  • AChemS 2011 Day 3 Chemesthesis

    Posted 04/15/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    New Frontiers in Chemesthesis: pronounced keem-E-thesis, think perception of pain, temperature, and touch (can be used in all sensory organs)- in the mouth it includes pain from capsaicin in hot peppers, menthol cooling sensation, and the signals are sent to the brain through cranial nerve V- …
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  • AChemS 2011 Optogenetics Craze

    Posted 04/14/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    Optogenetics is not the newest craze (dates back to 2002), but it has huge potential and momentum (one peer reviewed article in 2006, exponential growth predicts 280 scientitsts will publish using this method in 2012). Optogenetics allows scientitsts to selectively express a gene in neurons…
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  • AChemS 2011 Day 2 Recap

    Posted 04/14/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    Day 2 Recap I woke up to the sounds of "Bell Tower" through my phone's alarm clock, and could not for the life of me understand why my husband hasn't hadn't hit snooze already, "but wait!" I realized groggily, "I'm in Florida, not in Denver, that must be the alarm I set last night." In…
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  • AChemS 2011 Day 1

    Posted 04/13/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    Made it to FL in one piece, no holes in the plane. Here's Meghan carrying our two posters we will present to the scientists and meeting attendees. Today was registration, an awards banquet and a cool key note address by Dr. Karel Svoboda on how mice use whiskers to identify objects -- scientis…
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  • Yo Pearls of Wisdom: Answer for Chelsea

    Posted 03/31/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    Chelsea writes: I am interested in learning about your career as a Ph.D. working in a museum and how one goes about preparing themselves for that kind of career path. While I enjoy research, I am more interested in a career that involves education and public engagement in the sciences. Rece…
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  • Creation of My Alter Ego Yo Pearl

    Posted 03/02/2011 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    It was a typical day at the Museum. the sun was shining and the birds were chirping. I was walking through the offices of our awesome educators when I was introduced to Pearl. Pearl, at age 10 was full of enthusiasm. After only about 35 seconds it was clear to me that Pearl loved science. So…
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