By Khola Abid
Gender bias has been affecting women's scientific and academic contributions for decades; however, today’s scenario is different as many organizations are working to empower the women in STEM, like, Association for Women in Science and Scientista. These types of associations are helping incredible female scientists shift the paradigm and increase visibility and awareness of their groundbreaking work.
I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Raysa Khan, who shared thoughtful insights about how she navigates the academic world. Graduating top of her class in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry from Nottingham Trent University, Raysa joined the Spencer Lab for her PhD. She received the PhD presentation first prize at the Sussex Annual Research Colloquium in 2017. Combining scientific curiosity with dedication and hard work, Raysa is pursuing this work with the hope of making an impact in cancer research.
By Lidiya Angelova
“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."
Antibiotics are a ubiquitous part of our lives today. However, antibiotics have only been around since the late 1920s, when they were first discovered and applied to clinical practice. Streptomycin was the second clinically effective antibiotic after penicillin, the first medicine capable of defeating tuberculosis, and was at the center of a major patent controversy.
By Dr. Vijayalakshmi (Viji) Kalyanaraman
Lithium-ion (or Li-ion) batteries rule the world of mobile devices. However, they are still in their infancy when it comes to powering up automobiles. Higher capacity and long lasting life are the keys to exploit them in automobile industry. Why is developing high performance Li-ion batteries a challenge?
By Iqra Naveed
It is an undeniable fact that science is intertwined with every domain of life on earth. Hence, it is imperative to effectively communicate science to the layman. As a result, science writers come into limelight for the purpose of educating their audience about science with utmost clarity. It is not easy to become a commendable science writer but provided the right direction and with a lot of practice, one can achieve it. So, Hamza and I had the honor to speak to Marcia Bartusiak who helped us gain some insights into her life as a science writer.
By Iqra Naveed
The crown of success in the domain of scientific achievements has mostly been granted to men for a long time in the history. It is not because of the vague claims that men have more intellectual abilities than women but because women have been somehow hindered to achieve such deluxe milestones. The educational opportunities exposed to women have always been subdued and that is why there is a stereotypical threat that holds women back in science, markedly in math. All the previous 55 recipients of the Fields Medal have been men since its inception in 1936. But in 2014, Maryam Mirzakhani defied all such norms and won the renowned Fields Medal – an international prize that is awarded to mathematicians under age 40 for outstanding discoveries in mathematics.
By Iqra Naveed and Muhammad Hamza Waseem
The annals of science bring home the undeniable fact that many scientists have been robbed of the recognition they deserved. The female scientists perhaps have suffered the most because of a male dominant academic culture. Few scientists have suffered more famously than Rosalind Franklin. Many people do not even know about her contribution to science. This is because most textbooks fail to mention her name when discussing the most important discovery of all time, the double helix structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) that holds the code of life, and hailing it as synonymous to the celebrated Watson and Crick.
By Lidiya Angelova
Books can provide a personal connection and allow us to live vicariously through others’ experiences. While I have never had any direct contact with the African countryside, the books of Joy Adamson where she recounts her life as a naturalist in Kenya enabled me to feel as if I was experiencing the same adventures alongside the author. Adamson’s stories, photos and paintings inspired generations of people, including myself, to love, respect, and protect the wildlife in its natural habitat.
By Nishtha Rampuria
The recent Zika epidemic lasting from 2015-16 in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific has left the entire world in a shock. In January 2016 the WHO released a statement that the Zika virus is most likely to spread all across Americas by 2016. This statement put scientists and people across the world especially, the Americas in a panic state and called for an immediate cure for this virus. A team of researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School along with researchers from the University of North Carolina discovered an important key to finding the antidote for Zika virus - how antibodies can neutralize Zika. This pioneering research could be extremely prudent in resolving the issue of Zika and could help the situations of the Americas in terms of eliminating the disease.
By Indulekha Karunakaran
STRESS - holds the dubious distinction of being a popular term in the medical domain as well as our day-to-day life. It has place in medical domain owing to its intricate connection to all leading causes of death in the world - cancer, diabetes, heart disease, suicides, liver disease; It is inseparable from us in day-to-day life, because of the pressures and demands of an urbanized and money mongering life.
By Amy Chan
Language is the medium through which humans primarily communicate with each other – it is the very skill that sets us apart from other animals. Whilst animals do have their own communication methods, the ability to communicate through language is by and far unique to humans – not only can we communicate messages to each other – we can do so in a variety of ways. Language allows us to form relationships between one and another, express emotions and understand each other. This brings us then to an important question about language – if language is such an essential element of communication, then does exposure to multiple languages lead to more effective communication skills? Whilst communication is common to all humans – effective communication is not – and exposure to a variety of languages may be key to developing better communication skills.
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