Stories from my time at UW-Madison:
- Chemists search for ways to use and dispose of tiny particles
- Chemists look for ways to assess and improve indoor air quality
- UW-Madison chemists chosen as part of Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative
- Department of Chemistry wins Regents’ Diversity Award
- Department Symposium Honors Teaching Excellence
- Named professorship offers Prof. Blackwell opportunity to celebrate mentor
- Department glassblower partners with colleague to teach others
- Chemist & artist team up to show how bacteria communicate
- UW-Madison chemist searches for ways to bioengineer proteins within cells
- UW-Madison, chemistry society partner to train underrepresented students
- Where the ocean meets the sky, chemists look for clues to our climate
- Young scientists and artists compete to send crystals into space
- New, more specific classification system for proteins may help advance scientific discovery
- Anarhichas lupus: a cool fish
- How Scientists Differentiate Between Prokaryotic Species
- Microbes of the Nitrogen Cycle
- Listeria monocytogenes: Can bad bacteria go good?
- How to raise laboratory sandflies
- The Evolution of Evolution
- Review of “Should You Fear the Pizzly Bear?” from The New York Times
- Is salmonella getting smarter?
- How Listeria sneaks by the immune system
A few of my favorite things…
- Parasite of the Day
- Science Section of The New York Times
- The Scientist
- Tree of Life Web Project
- You too can write for Wikipedia
Interesting words I learned from reading science-y stuff
A member of this group can fix atmospheric nitrogen, which means that it can convert nitrogen from the air into a more easy-to-access form, like ammonia. Diazotrophs are essential to plants, especially those that harbor them in their roots, as legumes do.
This term conveys the idea that we, and all other multicellular organisms, are made up of not only of our own cells, but also a diverse community of interacting microbes that share in our metabolic processes and relative health.
Want to know more? Check out these interesting links
> California Scientist Alice Ayers
> Dr. Bill Miller
- Virulence Factor
Something (like an ability or talent) that enables a microbe to cause disease, for instance Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria that cause listeriosis, can escape vacuoles (holding cells) in the macrophage that swallows it. A macrophage is part of the immune system. When it recognizes an invader, it engulfs it to protect the organism. Because Listeria monocytogenes can escape, it is able to reproduce and cause a problem for the host.