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Erik Westin
Works at University of Alabama at Birmingham
Attended University Of Iowa
Lives in Birmingham, AL
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Not much else to do on a cold, icy night in Birmingham, AL.
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I just donated to 'The gift of clean water'. Give $1 to support charity: water together! – One Today by Google https://onetoday.google.com/p/6xxRBHKs
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+Cell Stem Cell gave me and some other stem cell scientists a chance to write a short blurb and offer our perspectives regarding social media and science.  My particular focus was on the lack of a solid commenting structure at journal websites that included the authors of submitted manuscripts.  This in my opinion could quickly initiate a dialogue that would permit the authors to address any questions from the peanut gallery.  Any other suggestions on how to build a better social media experience for scientists and/or the general public interested in science

http://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/fulltext/S1934-5909(13)00460-8
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Tanx...I like to add to my knowledge base...I luv science, biology, astronomy and so on. I'm curious and fasinated;-)
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Thought of the day: time travelers on earth will land in outer space unless they accurately calc earth's location in universe on other side cc +Neil deGrasse Tyson Fan Club b
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XKCD reminds us that it wasn't long ago that we were a big snowball orbiting the sun http://xkcd.com/1225/ 
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If you are interested in kicking the CRISPR tires, I wrote a guest post on the stemcellassays.com blog about this new genome editing tool
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Presented an interesting paper in Journal Club recently by Jacob Hanna's lab.  Subtle differences exist between mouse ES and human ES cells wherein mouse ES cells are more 'stem' than human ES cells.  Hanna et al. were able to use a cocktail of inhibitors and cytokines to coax human ES and iPS cells to acquire characteristics similar to mouse ES cells.  These more immature and more 'stem' cells may be better suited for cell differentiation related to cell therapies.
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Stem cell research is wrong.
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I haven't yet read this book (found out about it today) by fellow Birminghamer David Brooks but looks interesting and free only today on Amazon Kindle.
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Postdoctoral Fellow
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  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010 - present
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Cedar Falls, Iowa - Iowa City, Iowa - Ankeny, Iowa - Webster City, Iowa - Canton, MO - Angers, France - Koobi Fora, Kenya - Birmingham, AL
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Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying the mechanism and potential correction of bone marrow failure syndromes using stem & iPS cell models.  In graduate school, I previously studied the role telomeres play in the bone marrow failure syndrome dyskeratosis congenita and the subsequent role that oxidative stress (reactive oxygen species) plays in carrying short/dysfunction telomere signaling.
Education
  • University Of Iowa
    Genetics, 2005 - 2010
  • University Of Northern Iowa
    Biology, 1996 - 2000
  • Culver-Stockton College
    1995 - 1996
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Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Good
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Some of the best pizza in Birmingham. The pizza isn't terribly filling so plan on ordering a bit more than normal. Thumbs up on the live music, good beer selection, s'mores calzones and helpful wait staff. Indoor seating appears to be a bit on the loud side (and oddly brighter lighting than I would expect), parking isn't bad but valet and off-site parking are available. I'll be back and highly recommend trying Slice out.
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I've tried at least 1/2 a dozen chinese food restaurants in the Birmingham area and this is one of the best ones. If food quality is the biggest concern without a bunch of frills of decor etc., this is the place to go to in Birmingham. If there is someplace better, I'd love to hear it and add it to my to do list.
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Great place to get a sandwich. Always busy during lunch on the weekdays but worth the trip. The Newks Q sandwich is great...I highly recommend it.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Went in around 10am on a Sunday and had about a 10 minute wait to sit down for two adults and two kids. The restaurant had a nice, clean, friendly atmosphere. Had the Bacquezo (bacon omelette with a bit of cream cheese + Monterey Jack, Chorizo) which was excellent (I recommend) while others at the table had the cinnamon roll french toast and the Hey Ricky (spinach omette with Chorizo, avocado + more; not a big fan of spinach myself but was told that it was good because of the fresh spinach...who knew?). The Bacquezo was reeaally good but the Cinnamon Roll French Toast was superb. The addition of blue/blackberries perfected the french toast. Coffee was a medium/dark roast and quite good. Staff were personable and polite. No real downside, an allround great breakfast. Definitely coming back when in the neighborhood.
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