Monday, December 11, 2017

Communicating science: two new books just received

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Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl, is the guest editor of The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2017.   Jahren is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences.  Included among the essays is "Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream," by Kathryn Joyce (Huffington Post).  It is an all too timely account of sexual harassment and hostility targeting women who work for various national and state agencies that protect America's natural heritage.

An essay by Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction and Field Notes from a Catastrophe, also appears in this volume.  "A Song of Ice" (from The New Yorker) recounts her visits to Greenland, where the effects of global warming are extraordinary and devastating.

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All of the essays, as always in this series, are important reading.  Borrow the book over Winter Term - an essay a night will get you through the month of January with a lot to ponder.

Learn more about the science of science communication with this new handbook from Oxford University Press.  A key question considered in the handbook is: "What can we know empirically about the impact of the full range of scientists' linguistic choices and potential alternatives on public debate?"  Given the importance of scientific literacy (or at least realistic perceptions of scientists' work) for a healthy, just society, David Kirby's chapter on "The Changing Popular Images of Science" is very instructive.

Find these books on the new book shelf.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Elemental Haiku, by Mary Soon Lee

Haiku embedded within the Periodic Table, Aug 4. 2017.  Brilliant!  How did we miss this earlier?  Find more, and write your own on Twitter, #ChemHaiku
If you need inspiration, check out The elements : a visual exploration of every known atom in the universe / Theodore Gray ; photographs by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann or
The secret life of the periodic table : unlocking the mysteries of all 118 elements / Dr. Ben Still.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Recent publications: Craig, Moore, Peters, Roles, Schmidt

Acryloyl fluoride, Chihuahuan desert gypsophiles, crayfish genome skimming, catchment sediments, autophagy pathway: key topics of recent publications. Oberlin faculty and student authors are identified in the first line of each paragraph below.

Krasnoshchekov, et al.
Norman C. Craig, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry. 

Krasnoshchekov, S. V., Craig, N. C., Koroleva, L. A., & Stepanov, N. F. (2018). Anharmonic vibrational analysis of s-trans and s-cis conformers of acryloyl fluoride using numerical-analytic van vleck operator perturbation theory. Spectrochimica Acta Part A-Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 189, 66-79. 
Michael J. Moore, Associate Professor of Biology; Zoe Feder ’17; Helene Tiley, Junior. 

Muller, C. T., Moore, M. J., Feder, Z. Tiley, H. & Drenovsky, R. E. (2017). Phylogenetic patterns of foliar mineral nutrient accumulation among gypsophiles and their relatives in the Chihuahuan desert. American Journal of Botany, 104(10), 1442-1450. 
Maureen Peters, Associate Professor of Biology.

Hsieh, P. N., Zhou, G., Yuan, Y., Zhang, R., Prosdocimo, D. A., Sangwung, P., . . . Jain, M. K. (2017). A conserved KLF-autophagy pathway modulates nematode lifespan and mammalian age-associated vascular dysfunction. Nature Communications, 8, 914. 
Angela J. Roles, Assistant Professor of Biology.  

Grandjean, F., Tan, M. H., Gan, H. M., Lee, Y. P., Kawai, T., Distefano, R. J., . . . Austin, C. M. (2017). Rapid recovery of nuclear and mitochondrial genes by genome skimming from northern hemisphere freshwater crayfish. Zoologica Scripta, 46(6), 718-728. 
Amanda H. Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Geology.

Neilson, Schmidt, Bierman, et al.
Neilson, T. B., Schmidt, A. H., Bierman, P. R., Rood, D. H., & Gonzalez, V. S. (2017). Efficacy of in situ and meteoric be-10 mixing in fluvial sediment collected from small catchments in China. Chemical Geology, 471, 119-130. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Estrogens and the Cognitive Symptoms of Schizophrenia

New publication from Professor of Neuroscience Jan Thornton:

McGregor, Claire, Alexander Riordan, and Janice Thornton. "Estrogens and the Cognitive Symptoms of Schizophrenia: Possible Neuroprotective Mechanisms." Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, vol. 47, 2017, pp. 19-33, doi:10.1016/j.yfrne.2017.06.003.

From the abstract: "We review the relationship between estrogens and brain derived neurotrophic factor, neuroinflammation, NMDA receptors, GABA receptors, and luteinizing hormone. Exploring these pathways may enable novel treatments for schizophrenia and a greater understanding of this devastating disease."

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Translating Science Symposium, Friday September 29

The libraries have been highlighting science journalism, science writing, and science media all week long, to promote the symposium happening tomorrow.  Take a look at the science library tumblr and the main library twitter #translatingsciencesymopsium - so many good resources to feature, one week certainly can't do justice to the abundance of great science writing available online and in print.

Here is one more recommendation that can't fail to please: The Best American Science and Nature Writing, an annual series that can be found in the science library.  Check out a volume!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New faculty publications from Mike Moore (Biology) and Lisa Ryno (Chemistry)

New publications from Michael Moore and Lisa Ryno, as found in the Web of Science.

Guo, Rui, Jacob B. Landis, Michael J. Moore, Aiping Meng, Shuguang Jian, Xiaohong Yao, and Hengchang Wang. 2017. Development and application of transcriptome-derived microsatellites in actinidia eriantha (actinidiaceae). Frontiers in Plant Science 8: 1383.

Ryno, Lisa M., Emma R. Brezel, Sarel J. Loewus, and Erica J. Zheng. 2017. Targeting sigma factor controlled signaling pathways to modulate biofilm growth and composition. FASEB Journal 31, 939.5 (conference presentation).

Sun, Yanxia, Michael J. Moore, Nan Lin, Kole F. Adelalu, Aiping Meng, Shuguang Jian, Linsen Yang, Jianqiang Li, and Hengchang Wang. 2017. Complete plastome sequencing of both living species of circaeasteraceae (ranunculales) reveals unusual rearrangements and the loss of the ndh gene family. BMC Genomics 18: 592.

Zheng, Erica J., Eric W. Bell, and Lisa M. Ryno. 2017. Exploring inhibitors of the periplasmic chaperone SurA using fluorescence anisotropy. FASEB Journal 31, 939.4 (conference presentation)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kwakye on dopaminergic cell model of Parkinson's; Moore publishes on carnivorous caryophyllales

New publications from Gunner Kwakye, Neuroscience and Michael Moore, Biology. Student co-authors (now alumni) include Weelic Chong, Jessica Jimenez and Jessica Mikenas.

Chong, Weelic, Jessica Jimenez, Matthew McIIvin, Mak A. Saito, and Gunnar F. Kwakye. 2017. Alpha-synuclein enhances cadmium uptake and neurotoxicity via oxidative stress and caspase activated cell death mechanisms in a dopaminergic cell model of Parkinson's disease. Neurotoxicity Research 32, no. 2: 231-246.  Online access for subscribers 
Walker, Joseph F., Ya Yang, Michael J. Moore, Jessica Mikenas, Alfonso Timoneda, Samuel F. Brockington, and Stephen A. Smith. 2017. Widespread paleopolyploidy, gene tree conflict, and recalcitrant relationships among the carnivorous caryophyllales. American Journal of Botany 104, no. 6: 858-867.  Open Access article