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Snow Day, Not on the Farm

North Carolina was brought to a screeching halt this week as 12 inches of snow blanketed some regions of the state (yes, 12 inches!). Surprisingly, this snowfall didn't even come close to reaching NC's largest snowstorm that dumped 20 inches on Raleigh in 2000. But, as any North Carolinian will tell you, any amount of [...]

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Birds in a Snowstorm

North Carolina has been completely blanketed in snow today and it has created some truly fantastic photo opportunities! While I was sitting on the couch watching the snow fall, a red bird flew by my window. The striking contrast between the bird's vibrant red feathers and white snow was beautiful. Naturally, I decided to a [...]

A Dog’s Inspiration

The photo challenge themes this week are pets (from Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge) and 2017 Favorites (Daily Post). These themes are a perfect pairing. Athena is a four-year old American bulldog, pitbull mix. Michelle and I first met Athena on a cold, frigid January night in 2014. We had been talking about [...]

Favorite #SciComm Articles Dec 11-15th

Here is the second edition of my favorite #SciComm articles that I read this week. There's a little shameless self-promotion thrown in here as well since the #FourchesLab was featured by NC State News. * * * YEAR IN PHARMA Appears in Chemical & Engineering News For drugmakers, the year opened with uncertainty about an unconventional [...]

Favorite #SciComm Stories from Dec 4-8th 2017

I am adding a new feature to my #SciComm category where I post a collection of the science communication articles that read over the past week. My plan is to post this recap every Friday. This week's articles are below. * * * Making AI ‘Intentional’: a Case Study and New Programming Framework Appears in [...]

Large Chemical Libraries of Dyes

In early October, I successfully completed my preliminary examination and have been accepted into PhD candidacy at NC State! This examination required a written document describing my research efforts, a 40 minute presentation about these results, and a private Q&A session with my committee after the presentation. The majority of my research has been focused [...]

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Wins Chemistry Nobel Prize 2017

The 2017 chemistry Nobel Prize was awarded to Jacques Dubochet (University of Lausanne), Joachim Frank (Columbia University), and Richard Henderson (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge) for developing cryo-electron micrsocopy; a novel high-resolution method used to determine protein structure. This novel technique provides a useful alternative to traditional structural determination methods like protein nuclear [...]