Mobilizing Courts in the Fight Against Climate Change

By Meenu Johnkutty ‘21 Attempts to amend national attitudes towards climate change have been at the forefront of the climate change movement. The recent movement to involve the national court system may prove effective in mitigating the future effects of climate change, especially in regard to coal pollution and the risk it poses to public…

Understanding the “Matthew Effect”

By Meenu Johnkutty ‘21 The most decorated and well-known scientists of our time may share an underlying characteristic: early career success. For those striving for prestige and world renown, achieving success early in one’s career may breed an environment conducive to further success. Thus, scientists who boast the same academic credentials, work ethic, and drive…

Fish and Legumes Could Delay Menopause

By Marcia-Ruth Ndege ‘21 Research suggests that menopause is predetermined by an individual’s genes, environmental factors, behavior, and diet. Yashvee Dunneram, an expert in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Leeds’ School of Food Science and Nutrition, led a study researching the effect of food on menopause. To perform this study, researchers gathered a…

Scientists Are Growing Human Brains in Mice

By Marcia-Ruth Ndege ‘21 Human pluripotent stem cells can differentiate into nearly any cell in the human body. Recently, geneticist Abed AlFatah Mansour and other scientists from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies used them to build human brains in mice. The differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells gave rise to small brain-like structures known…

Student Researcher Interview with Dan Monessa

Interviewer: Benjamin Kerner Interviewed: Dan Monessa B: The first question is really just for the record, so what is your name, major, and what is your department of research? D: Sure, my name is Dan Monessa, I am a biochemistry major and the department of research I was in, was the department of Gastroenterology and…