Upcoming Events Jan 2, 2014

The Versatile PhD has a panel discussion on finance careers.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has a number of webinars scheduled. Topics range from wine, hangovers, publishing, patents, pheromones, chemical accidents, to drug discovery. You can watch the live webinar at the scheduled time. However, ACS will usually post the pre-recorded webinar on their site after about a week. More >>

Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a work of non-fiction, narrative journalism which follows the life of Henrietta Lacks, the patient donor of HeLa cells. HeLa cells became the first immortal cells commonly used in scientific research laboratories around the world (Adey, 2013). With HeLa cells, scientists were able to gain insights into fundamental questions in biology regarding cell division, cancer, virology, and countless others.

For decades, the story behind HeLa cells and how they became common in research laboratories was shrouded in mystery. The author, Rebecca Skloot, sought to discover the human story behind HeLa cells. Who was the person behind these cells? How did the cells end up in laboratories around the world? More >>