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Jennifer Laaser
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If you follow me elsewhere, you may have seen this, but I think it's worth sharing here too.  I was recently selected as one of this year's L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellows, and I LOVE this video profile that the L'Oréal folks put together to promote the fellowship.  Check it out, & then go check out the videos for the other fellows - they're amazing women, and I'm so honored to be part of this incredible group!

http://bit.ly/FWISfellows
2014 L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellow, Dr. Jennifer Laaser
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Got my Circuit Scribe from +Electroninks this week, and am having a blast playing with it.  I love the educational workbook!
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Reflections from my summer as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow, in the American Physical Society news this month.  On the importance of keeping your audience in mind, whether you're a journalist or an academic:

http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201311/massmediafellow.cfm

(Many thanks to APS for sponsoring me this summer, by the way - It was an incredible experience!)
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I got a bit behind in posting my news stories, but I finally made myself a website and have a complete set of links up for everything that's run so far (there will be a few more coming this weekend, I think).  Anyway, check it out if you want to see what I was up to at the Journal Sentinel all summer :-)
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This exhibit at the zoo was one of two science-related events I've covered in the last week (I'll post the other soon - sorry, playing catch-up!).  I really like covering these even if they aren't "hard" science, because it is awesome to see kids excited about this stuff.

(Also, I would have said the stingrays were "slimy" or "slick", but clearly I can't quote myself in an article, so "smooshy" it is!)
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This was the result of walking into the newsroom the first day of my internship and saying, "hey, how about a story on the science behind tests for performance enhancing drugs?".

Four weeks of reporting later, and here's what we ended up with.  But there is SO MUCH interesting science that didn't make it into the final piece (or only got the briefest of mentions) - may have to do a blog post or two on some of my favorite bits that didn't make the cut.
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UW-Madison researchers are learning from leaf-cutter ants to find new enzymes to break down biomass for biofuels.  Check it out in my latest piece for the Journal Sentinel (I even got the photo credit on this one)!
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In the spirit of Independence Day, I did a short profile of UW-Madison Chemistry's own Bassam Shakhashiri and his upcoming "Science of #Fireworks" show:
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