The Albanian-America photographer Gjon Mili was trained as an engineer and self-taught as a photographer. This is a wonderful example of what happens when a scientist becomes an artist or vice versa.
For organisms to develop and grow, asymmetry is essential. New research from Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists reveals how a localized source of a signaling molecule directs a dividing stem cell to produce two different cells—one identical to its parent, the other a more specialized cell type—and aligns those cells. In a developing tissue, such oriented divisions will position cells to migrate to the right place to ensure the right architecture.
Read more about Wnt from the Nusse Lab.
The Cell: An Image Library: Eyes and optic tectum of five-day-old zebrafish larva that has a mutation causing retinal axons to project into the olfactory lobe. This image was created from a 125-slice Z-stack that was collected using 20x magnification. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®.
The Ph.D Bust: America’s Awful Market for Young Scientists is an article in the Atlantic that makes me question why we aren’t utilizing the unemployed or underemployed academics? Where are the jobs? I think employers can be picky in a tough economy and may suffer from “arrogance of supply” syndrome. It’s not that there is a lack of talent, but a lack of patience or desire to groom new hires due to costs. Employers want ready-made workers. In an era where art, science, and innovation are increasingly in demand, I question why applied knowledge in the sciences isn’t utilized more responsibly. There are many individuals eager to work, but instead resumes are overlooked or talent isn’t maximized:
Neuroscience PhD here from an ivy league institute. I’m a middle manager in name only, but I pretty much cut and paste a bunch of junk into an Excel document (I’m not allowed to use scripts or R or write any programs.), put them in pretty PowerPoint presentations, and then summarize the results to MBAs who know nothing whatsoever about the topic but are ultimately the deciders. My child could do this job. I miss the bench.
The overall conclusion from the session was that creativity has an essential role to play in education, whether for the purposes of enhancing technical innovation or for creating well-rounded graduates who can truly contribute to society.
It’s freezing in New York City! A great time for outdoor skating if you can handle the cold, or perhaps maybe you prefer to stay warm inside and watch the U.S. Figure Skating Nationals this week. What I love about figure skating is that it combines two of my passions—art and science. As a competitive ice-dancer I studied dance, but understanding the biomechanics of skating was just as important. Check out this short Scientific American video to explore a little physics behind the sport.
Presented by Christie Nicholson
Filmed and edited by Eric R. Olson