The Importance of a Career Development Plan

This infographic has gone viral across the past few days, and for a very good reason. Many PhD candidates in biology aspire to have the life of their mentor in graduate school. I will even admit that it seems like utopia except for the time away from the bench. I hope to never be that […]

Predicting Regionals ranking during the Crossfit Open: Does it only take one bad workout?

I cannot take credit for this. My husband wrote it on his blog domain (www.montegraphia.com), which is loading very slowly at the moment. His rationale for writing this manifests from my somewhat mediocre performance during the first week. I am a two-time individual Regionals and (team) Games competitor. I am committed to competing in the […]

Olympics and the Open

It will be an awesome month of watching high-level athletes on the big screen and competing as a high-level athlete. This month, we celebrate the 2014 Winter Olympics. I will pay more attention than usual to the sports, stories, and ceremonies because one of the most inspirational athletes in the business–Lolo Jones–has retired from track […]

5 Years of Dormivigilia

Five years ago, a few graduate students in the biology department and I decided that we wanted to become better science writers, professionally and publicly. Around the same time, the three of us also happened to co-found a campus group called The Kent State Freethinkers to provide a social and educational outlet for skeptics and atheists […]

Best of Dormivigilia in 2013

This year was incredible–scientifically, athletically, and personally. I had a lot of firsts that will, in some cases, likely never be seconds. I got both NIH grants that I first applied for in 2012 and then re-applied for in 2013; an F32 to investigate skeletal muscle regulation of sleep and metabolic processes and a loan […]

Physiology of a Haunted House

I love the month of October. I love the crisp, cooler temps. I love pumpkin-flavored beer and lattes. And I love Halloween. But I love Halloween for haunted houses not for dressing up. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the Midwest, a region of the country known for its haunted houses and villages. […]

Travesty of Mental Health for Veterans

This week, we commemorated the 12th year of 9-11. For many of us in the crossfit community, we did a workout in honor of the fallen. Last year, I discussed the residual consequences of 9-11 on the mental health of surviving families and nearby communities. This year, I find it fitting that the New Yorker published […]

Highlights from the 2013 Reebok Crossfit Games

This past weekend, my teammates and I competed amongst the fittest in the world in front of 10,000+ people. From meeting people all over the world, to tackling tasks and objects that we had never seen before, to reveling in the post-games festivities, it truly felt like I was an Olympic athlete or close to […]

Did A Lack of REM Sleep Kill Michael Jackson?

The sleep community has finally gotten deserving press that may also provide some solace for MJ fans. This week, Dr. Chuck Czeisler–one of the world’s experts on basic and clinical sleep research–served as an expert witness in the involuntary manslaughter trial against MJ’s doctor, Conrad Murray. According to medical records, Murray had given MJ routine […]

APSS Archives

Every June since I began research as a junior in college, I have been away for conferences. This year is no different except for that the one conference that I am attending (Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology) is right here in Atlanta. Sadly, this is the first time in my research career that I was unable […]

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