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The Science of Stereotypes

They say that first impressions are everything – but did you know that assumptions are made about you as soon as the first seven seconds? It only takes one-tenth of a second for someone to decide if you’re trustworthy (Willis & Todorov, 2006). It similarly takes just fractions of a second for them to draw…

URPs together strong: My summer at CSHL in summary

I really enjoyed my time with the CSHL URP (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research Program) this summer! I learned a lot and had a lot of fun with my cohort. Honestly, this may have been my favorite summer ever and if not, it’s certainly way up there. Let me elaborate. I feel like the…

The End of the Beginning: Thesis Progress, Applications, and Gnomes

A small garden gnome stands in short green grass. He has a red pointy hat, white beard and mustache, a green shirt, and blue pants. He holds a lantern up in his right hand.

Long time no see, everybody! It has definitely been a productive and exciting summer, and I cannot wait to tell you all about it! As I mentioned in my introductory post, this summer I worked on my psychology thesis. This project explores the emotions, threats, and prejudices that underlie evaluations of people who engage in…

Patterning the planarian head with nr4A

This article is a summary of this video: “Nuclear receptor NR4A is required for patterning at the ends of the planarian anterior-posterior axis”. https://jrnlclub.org/research-films/planarian-regeneration-patterning Regeneration is a fundamental process in biology that allows animals to “bounce back” from injury by synthesizing new tissue. While regeneration is an essential process for the maintenance of homeostasis in…

Perusing JRNLclub

I enjoyed looking through the talks on the JRNLclub website, even though their biomedical focus means that there is not much scientific overlap between their posted talks and my physics research. It’s fun to learn about research happening in other disciplines! For this post, I chose to focus on Michael Gomez’s talk, “Supply chain diversity…

Summer research in NYC

Hi! My name is Sara Omer, and I am a rising senior majoring in Biochemistry! I am here to tell you a little about my research internship at The Rockefeller University this summer! Regarding research, I tend to gravitate towards genetics as an interest. I’ve always been interested in studying genetics but only found out…

Opening the black box of machine learning for genomics at Cold Spring Harbor

Courtesy of https://www.sciencenews.org/article/art-dna-folding

Hi! My name is Phillip, and I am a rising junior at Amherst College majoring in math and biology! Broadly, I am interested in applied math, AI, and developmental biology. In particular, I want to explore how these subjects can improve our understanding of human health through developing products/treatments in industry or basic biology research…

A Summer at CERN

Hi there! My name is Alison Weiss, and I am a rising senior at Amherst. This summer, I am working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland. As a physics and computer science double major, it is exciting to be spending the summer at the place where both the Higgs boson…