By Shivani Gupta
Summer is in full swing, which means spending lazy days at the beach, trying quirky ice cream flavors with your friends, and absorbing that sunshine. I’m sure during all this time, sunscreen is being thoroughly reapplied every 2 hours to protect against those ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause skin cancer. Sunscreen is that product we know we should use, but seems so trivial that it is typically forgotten until we get a blistering sunburn. When we finally end up buying sunscreen, there are so many options to consider, such as whether the sunscreen is a spray or lotion, is safe for use with sensitive skin, or is damaging to coral reefs. To maximize human and environmental safety, let’s discuss the science of sunscreen.
The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks Sheds Light on Schizophrenia and the Struggle of Treating Mental Health Disorders
By Natalya Ortolano
I could almost hear the words ringing through my head as I quickly ducked into the back row of the auditorium for my first “Fundamentals of Neuroscience” class. “I’ll do a project on anything except neuroscience,” I had said to my thesis mentor before rotating in her lab. However, the ubiquitin ligase I had set out to characterize was indifferent to my opposition to studying the brain. Rather than being involved in cell cycle regulation as I had hypothesized (and secretly hoped), the protein seemed relevant to neurogenesis. Over time, I warmed up to the idea, but as my background was a mix of cell biology and microbiology, I had hoped to get a formal introduction to neuroscience by auditing the course where I now sat in the back row.
Ultimately, this course not only helped me develop a stronger foundation in neuroscience, but also introduced me to a topic I had become increasingly exposed to through my own personal experiences during graduate school: mental health disorders.
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