Picking a Ph.D. Program
In the United States, most graduate schools require that you accept their offer for employment or study by April 15 to begin in the summer or fall. With that deadline just three short weeks away, I thought now would be the prime time to help you make the right choice. I am a second year…
How to Win the NSF GRFP
It’s that time of year again – the time when web search results are likely flooded with this exact question. Students applying to graduate school for next year are looking for funding opportunities and some will target the coveted National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, whose deadline is looming near in mid-October. I will…
Learning Behind Bars
According to the Innocence Project, an estimated 200,000 people in jail right now have been falsely convicted and imprisoned, and that is believed to be a conservative approximation. Especially given this fact, I think it makes sense to make the prison experience less like a prolonged form of torture and more like one that welcomes…
Greetings, fellow bloggers and readers. It feels like forever since I last got in front of the computer and typed my thoughts despite the fact that I am currently writing a Master’s thesis. The last two months were a whirlwind of traveling, research, and sharing findings. Here I present you with an update on my…
Maybe All Invasive Species Aren’t Terrible?
I explore the idea that perhaps non-native plants are chaotic neutral.
The Reason for the Season
At this point in America’s history, people know the actual narrative behind Thanksgiving and recognize the good, bad, and ugly interactions between European settlers and Indigenous peoples. Thanksgiving for me has morphed into a holiday to be thankful and reflect, and rather than repeat the shameful tale of colonization, I thought it would be neat…
What Would a Farmer Do?
Have you ever wondered what farmers in Iowa think about climate change? Neither have I. But curiosity always strikes at midnight before a work week. Let’s talk about opinions on climate change in the so-called “Corn Belt” USA.
Science in Pop Culture
About Marvel movies, Good Morning America, and accidental inventions.
What the Flux
Climate change and world record atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are not new topics in mainstream media. An ample source of information on the planet’s current and future conditions is at our fingertips, but a resounding question from curious minds and climate-change deniers alike is: How do we know the climate is changing? We might have a…
Oh, the Places I Go
Living in a city situated between two scenic lakes, I had to wonder why my drinking water wasn’t coming from either one of them. Madison, Wisconsin gets its drinking water from a sandstone aquifer that sits 90 to 95 feet below the ground’s surface according to Madison Water Utility. Twenty-two wells and many more pipes…
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