A different kind of virus: Imbalance in Science

In the 27 October 2020 issue of STAT, journalist Shraddar Chakaadar highlights a problem that confronts women scientists often -- even if she, Akiko Iwasaki is the principal investigator of a major university laboratory (Yale University). "To know Iwasaki is to know that she is passionate about combatting sexism, power imbalances, and toxic behavior in … Continue reading A different kind of virus: Imbalance in Science

The CRISPR Nobel

In the excitement of the 2020 Nobel prizes in chemistry,  “for the development of a method for genome editing”, I became aware that I knew very little about Nobel prizes of past years. Yes, I knew that women are only infrequently awarded the Prize--so infrequently that of the 916 winners, only 56 have been women … Continue reading The CRISPR Nobel

Indian scientists record breaking efforts in developing COVID testing

On March 18, virologist Minal Dakhave Bhosale hit a major milestone. She and her colleagues submitted India’s first native COVID-19 diagnostic test for validation by the National Institute of Virology. Hours later, Bhosale achieved another milestone. She gave birth to a baby girl. Women in research are often overlooked but the Indian team was primarily female.   … Continue reading Indian scientists record breaking efforts in developing COVID testing

Science loses a hero to COVID 19

Today, in The Scientist, we read of the death of biologist Lynika Strozier from complications of COVID 19. Ms. Strozier was 35 and was a biologist at Field Museum in Chicago. Such a loss to the scientific community, Ms. Strozier worked there as a research assistant in the Pritzker DNA Lab and worked on a … Continue reading Science loses a hero to COVID 19

Back & Alive Again

Roanoke Research blogger has been on sick leave -- caring for my only sibling for almost 12 months. Multiple in and out of hospitals, rehabs and nursing homes, this has been a cycle I would wish on none. Each trip to the hospital seems like she is on the brink, but true to our family … Continue reading Back & Alive Again