The Other Side of the Lab Bench: An Instructor’s Perspective

As I enter my sophomore year as a student at the University of California, Berkeley, I find myself amazed at how quickly time has passed. An entire year of new experiences, relationships and challenges flew by like a blur, yet I don’t feel very different. Actually, that’s not completely true. I have definitely learned so much more in […]

What It’s Like to be a Park Ranger: Fire Management

Fire: it’s often seen as a bad thing– one of destruction. But for the longleaf pine trees of southeast Texas’ Big Thicket National Preserve, it is a life force. Without wildfires, pinus palustris would likely not dominate the southwestern United States as they do now. This is because it, along with other species, is fire-dependent. Evolution has caused species like the […]

The Freshman Plague

It’s everywhere. In all of the classrooms and libraries, the dining hall, and even in my own room, the sounds continue to follow me around wherever I go. The noise haunts me and persistently reminds me of its widespread prevalence. One minute, I’m listening to my Cultural Anthropology professor lecture about cultural relativism. The next minute, her […]

Algae Blooms on Florida Beaches

Florida Governor Rick Scott was forced to declare a state of emergency in late June to help stop the spread of blue-green algae in South Florida waterways. Three counties in the state’s Atlantic coast were already forced to close the beaches before the busy July 4th weekend. The sludge was as thick as guacamole, and […]

Recent Helium Discovery in Tanzania

  What is the link between party balloons, space satellites, barcode scanners, and medical MRI scanners? The answer is that they all use helium, the second most common element but rare to find on Earth. With the daily use of helium increasing as more machines and technology require the substance, a shortage is bound to […]

Can We Achieve Invisibility?

Can we achieve invisibility? Harry Potter and his magical cloak; the invisible man, Griffin; the former member of the Fantastic Four, the Invisible Woman. All of these fictional characters have abilities that have been envied by nearly all audiences. Invisibility is one of the most treated themes both in science fiction and fantasy. But, what if we could […]

Color Me Happy: The Science Behind Adult Coloring Books

Adult coloring books have been infiltrating the market for a little over a year now. What began as a niche hobby has skyrocketed into a global trend, and this trend is not losing speed. Book and craft stores alike continue to boast large collections of “adult coloring books” with claims that filling in the images […]

Professor Feature: Dr. Maureen Lichtveld

Maureen Lichtveld, M.D., M.P.H. is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and has worked extensively within the field of environmental public health. Prior to Tulane University, Dr. Lichtveld spent 18 years working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s […]

The Scientific Student – Staff and Details

The Scientific Student

Editors  Ruby Halfacre Daryn Dever Nelli Morgulchik Naomi D’Arbell Karen Yung Arselyne Chery Featured Writers Katy Swiere Heesu Park Abdullah Afridi Sam Pickerill Sarah Muntaz Ana Roibu Eleni Spanolios Christina Gaw Sany Gómez Vivian Chau Melanie Becker Katherine Wu Cover Design Katherine Im

How Slow Wave Sleep Mends Brain Injuries

slow wave sleep

  Slow Wave Sleep (SWS), the 3rd stage of sleep and the deepest stage of non-REM sleep, has been shown to have a multitude of benefits from consolidating memories to aiding growth. In addition, new research from a hospital in Zurich published in the Journal of Neuroscience has shown that Slow Wave Sleep can be […]