Why is October 9 Nano Day? (And what does it have to do with scientific notation?)

Happy Nano Day, Everyone! Though you might be looking at me weird if you use the dd/mm dating system, tomorrow (10/9 in the U.S.) is the day to celebrate the scale that’s minuter than micro and more prodigious than pico. So what is Nano Day? Nano Day, or National Nanotechnology Day, is a celebration started …

Anxiety can make graduate school feel like an Olympic balance beam

Even if you didn’t watch the Olympics this summer, chances are you heard something about gymnast Simone Biles dropping out of the team and individual all-round competition. I won’t rehash any of the public discussion that occurred, but I am grateful that some athletes are starting the discussion about mental health. It is long overdue …

Protein folding, artificial intelligence, and impacts on sustainable nanotechnology

computer-generated image of ribbon-like protein shapes

Back in 2016 you might have read about a computer called AlphaGo that beat some of the best Go players in the world (I even wrote a blog post about it). At the end of 2020, DeepMind (the same company that developed AlphaGo), made news again. This time, their latest version of an artificial intelligence …

The NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology uses art and story to make the nano world relatable

Lee the nanoparticle (art by Elfy Chiang) This post was originally published on the Lifeology blog on March 25th, 2021. Here at Lifeology, we’ve recently been honored to collaborate with The NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN)! Together we’ve now created two Lifeology “flashcard” courses about how nanotechnology can be applied responsibly to solve real-world problems like …

Black History Month Highlights

Last month, in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, I highlighted notable Black STEMists on Twitter every week day for the month of February in collaboration with the @HaynesChemLab. Here's the thread I created to showcase some incredible Black STEMists. Dr. Kristala L. Jones Prather Dr. Prather worked at @Merck for several years before starting her academic research …

Applying to Graduate School: Advice for LGBTQ+ students from the community

Transcript & summary by Emma Bublitz Graduate school applications can be difficult to navigate under the best of circumstances. Each department, program, and institution often requires a different set of materials and has different, often unspoken, expectations for how students should navigate the system.1 However, for LGBTQ+ students there are additional challenges in the process. …

It’s #BlackinNano Week!

December 7-12, 2020 is #BlackinNano week! This week-long celebration is just one facet of the Black in Nanotechnology organization, co-founded by Olivia Geneus, a Physical Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate, and Jarriaun D. Streets M.S., a Senior Biological Scientist. Black in Nanotechnology aims to: Highlight Black scientists advancing the field of nanotechnologyBuild partnerships and networks to push innovative …

Celebrating Native American/ Indigenous History Heritage Month with notable STEMists

As I write this, I first want to acknowledge the land the University of Minnesota is on. These are the original homelands of the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations. It is important for us to note and respect the Indigenous peoples who were forcibly removed from this land and those who are still connected to this land. But …