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Joanne Manaster
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Here is a new +PBS  documentary "Rx: The Quiet Revolution" which showcases several healthcare centers around the U.S. that practice "patient-centered" care and are doing so successfully. It will air on some PBS stations April 2 (check your local listings), but they are releasing the full film online today, so you can watch it whenever.

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I hope this +PBS series does Mukherjee's magnificent book justice. 
Edward Herrmann had collapsed at the studio in New York, and no one knew why.
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Biology is the wave of the future. 
Knight says that while running a group in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, it occurred to him that “the interesting thing to program in the future isn’t going to be computers — it will be biology.”

Yes, yes it is the interesting thing to program. I like the neighbors.

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White House Science Fair live stream beginning in about 30 minutes!
The White House The President will host the 2015 White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (ST...
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I hope the wave powered desalination plant designers win.
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An awesome lab bench cake. Clearly for molecular biologists! 
Ooh, Lab Bench Cake!

Who can guess what all the items are? Bonus points if you tell us what they are used for. #showoffyournerdyside  


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MAVEN Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

The ‪#‎MAVEN‬ spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the ‪#‎Martian‬ atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.

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Can cells truly live forever? Here's your chance to find out in this special Google Science Fair 2015 Hangout On Air with Nobel Prize-winner Dr.  Elizabeth Blackburn.

Our DNA works in amazing ways - and it turns out that telomeres, the ends of certain kinds of cells in our DNA, may have a direct impact on how long and well we live. Dr. Blackburn is working to understand how telomeres function, and can give us some ideas about how the way we live can affect the health of our DNA.

You won't want to miss this Hangout. Post your questions for Dr. Blackburn using Q&A, then come watch live!

If you’re a teacher with a high school classroom, you may be able to join the Hangout LIVE. You can complete the brief  application form at

And if you’re a student between the age of 13 and 18, be sure to register for Google Science Fair at

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 11AM PT / 2PM ET / 1800 GMT
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Google Science Fair. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
Can cells live forever? Find out from Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn
Fri, April 3, 2:00 PM
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Last week, Urschel got his latest paper, "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians," published in the Journal of Computational Mathematics
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An interesting (and unsurprising) read: Science Fairs Aren't So Fair 
These K-12 events are hardly more than a competition among over-involved parents.
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We just had our science fair last weekend and my 8 and 5 year old really enjoyed it. It helps having a scientist mom to mentor them and get them excited. :)
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GATTACA is 17 today
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My FAVORITE book, 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee  is to be a +PBS  series!
Ken Burns presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies March 30, 31, April 1 
Cancer. The Emperor of All Maladies. Home. ken burns presents. cancer. the emperor of all maladies. a film by barak goodman. Support Provided By.
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I'm looking for some suggestions from my genomics plussers! (please share if you know someone who can help me)

Is genomics advanced (flexible, cheap) enough to be used as a humanitarian endeavor in developing countries?

I am applying for a fellowship with the +International Reporting Project  to return to India and investigate how genomics is being used to address issues unique to developing countries, particularly India. I want to connect with some researchers and entrepreneurs (and NGOs) that use genomics to solve and investigate issues in India. If you know some people who fit that description, please let me know. Thanks!

Issues that I could address:
Genomics of pathogens (malaria, TB, diarrheal diseases)
Metagenomics of the water supply/sanitation
Microbiome as it relates to environmental enteropathy
Multifactorial diseases (heart disease, diabetes, etc) prevalent in India.
Genomics of agricultural plants
Ayurgenomics (using genomics to correlate to phenotypes described in ayurveda).
Direct to Consumer companies (not all of them, but I'd visit one or two).

I plan to visit the "Genome Valley" in Hyderabad and CSIR in New Delhi but am looking for specific researchers to contact.

I also am open to recommendations of other facets to examine while there.

+Kavin Senapathy +mary Zeman +Mary Mangan +Ruby Gadelrab +Rajini Rao  +Ian Bosdet 
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I am a faculty lecturer at the University of Illinois, teaching cutting edge biology: genomics, evolution and medicine and emerging infectious diseases.
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    I taught cell biology and histology labs and now teach advanced science courses online and do much science outreach!, 1991 - present
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    Freelance, 2011 - 2014
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Champaign, IL
in the Air Force - most interestingly, Guam - Tokyo - New York - among others
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I'm listed on Mashable as having one of 25 twitter accounts that will make you smarter. I've dissected a (dead) human being (legally). Unrelated to the first statement, I've modeled a bikini in an ice plant and ski wear at Yokohoma Port in 95 F heat and so much more in the name of fashion. Professional modeling is pretty much as ridiculous as you see on Next Top Model :) If you want proof that the world isn't totally backward, I'm more well known now for science outreach than I ever was for modeling, although modeling is more lucrative (oh wait, we're backward again, aren't we?).
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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