This fascinating article from the Seattle-based nonprofit organization Grist delves into an interesting theory from Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D., a Harvard University professor of human evolutionary biology. He looks at why we crave things that are so innately bad for us. The article touches on evolution, human health, diet and climate change. Check out the full article here.
Every year in late October, City of Hope hosts small heroes, villains, monsters and princesses (and a couple of miniature versions of City of Hope’s doctors) during the pediatric Halloween parade. The parade is an opportunity for the children in the hospital to trick-or-treat and celebrate this fun holiday. This parade is also an amazing chance for the graduate students to step away from the bench and interact with some of the people who could truly benefit from their research. It’s an opportunity to remember that the diseases we study are not just in a dish, and that our research could eventually help these kids or others like them.
As someone mentioned to me a few weeks ago, in the world of academia and research, publications in peer-reviewed journals are the currency by which scientist live (or die). Career promotions, salary, funding and notoriety are all based on the quantity and quality of our publications. This is not a post about the merits or problems of peer reviewed material. This is a post about the acceptance of a much larger group of individuals; that is, the public.