Speaker Ta-Nehisi Coates Sheds Light on the Issue of Racism at the Inaugural JHU Forum on Race in America

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This past week, the first ever “JHU Forum on Race in America” took place with speaker Ta-Nehisi Coates at the forefront. Ta-Nehisi, a prominent writer for The Atlantic, is an active advocate for contemporary issues. Though scheduled months in advance, the talk could not have come at a more appropriate time in Baltimore, with recent(...)

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Snapshot of a DNA Photocopier in ‘Hibernate’ Mode Reveals Potential Origin for Dwarfism

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When attempting to elucidate the function of biological macromolecules, visual representations can be extremely useful tools. Often, these tools can help pinpoint the structural origin of a particular function and are invaluable for understanding how complex systems work. Sometimes it’s just easier to grasp something when you can see it. That said, obtaining these structures(...)

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Project Bridge: Simplifying Science for the Community

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How many times have you tried to explain your research to a friend, only to get a blank stare back? Such was the case with Daniel Pham, a graduate student in the Department of Neuroscience working in the Meffert lab. Daniel first realized his problem while trying to explain his research to his boyfriend and(...)

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The Elephant in the Clinic Room: Health Literacy

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As our appointment came to an end, I took a few minutes to give final instructions to my patient. Though she had many medical issues, she had unfortunately been absent from my clinic for almost six months, making this appointment particularly important and valuable. I observed as she leaned in and struggled to understand the(...)

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Creating Scientific Interest Through Video Games

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Graduate school is a lot of work. While the type of work varied throughout my first three years here, expectations remained high. These expectations are what drives us to do great research and hopefully make significant changes in the lives of patients who need new treatments. But the stressful atmosphere can be overwhelming. Like many(...)

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The Illness Narratives of Kendrick Lamar

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For me, it was Bob Dylan. I was a high school junior, and my sights were set, quite limitedly, on romance, sports and the fretboard of my brother’s hand-me-down guitar. But when I heard “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” among other early Dylan songs, I gained a binocular vision. My adolescent struggle to manifest(...)

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BRCA Testing: The Hidden Cost of Knowledge

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In late March 2015, Angelina Jolie penned a new op-ed, “Diary of a Surgery,” in which she detailed her continued struggles with hereditary cancer risks. After having a preventive mastectomy in 2013, she recently shared her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, in an effort to prevent a cancer that killed three(...)

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Is Convenience Harming Our Children?

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I recently took care of a young infant who was found to have eaten a single-use detergent sac, otherwise known as a laundry pod. The child’s mom called 911 because of vomiting, but by the time the paramedics brought the patient to the emergency department, he was barely conscious, breathing hard and fast, intermittently gasping(...)

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