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 […]

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

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How Slow Wave Sleep Mends Brain Injuries

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  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 […]

Why Your Hamburger Kills More than a Cow

“I’ll have a number three, no onions, extra cheese. To go, please.” The cashier mindlessly punches in your order and hands you a number. After a short wait, your meal is handed to you in a paper bag, ready to be taken to the car and savored. After all, your health isn’t really important to […]

Start a Science Club: It’s Easier Than You Think!

Starting a science club can be stressful if you don’t know where to begin. Here’s a list of nine easy-to-follow steps from the Scientific Student to help you out! 1. Decide that you want to! If you’re reading this magazine, you’re most likely a student who loves science– which is awesome! What’s even more awesome, […]

Sunny D- The Vitamin, Not the Juice

When my doctor first told me I was vitamin D deficient, I thought that I simply needed to spend more time out in the sun. This was a bit surprising to me, considering my daily jogs and walks with my adorable dog. Little did I know that my diet played a bigger factor! In fact, […]

The Importance of Play

In his lecture, “The Neuroscience of Play” (you can watch the full thing here, as well as his TED talk on the same subject), Dr. Stuart Brown contends that “the opposite of play is not work; it’s depression”. He’s right. While play is generally credited secondary importance at best, it is utterly vital to the […]