Monthly Archive: March 2016

Mar 26

Violence and Video Games: Is There Really a Correlation?

By Silas Aho, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student The night of May 31 2014, in a town near Wisconsin, a young girl was reportedly tied to a tree and stabbed several times by two of her classmates. The reason for this act of violence was allegedly to appease a fictional character named Slender Man from the …

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Mar 23

Incarcerating Kids: is the Brain to Blame?

A young man in handcuffs

By Courtney Miskell, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student “as any parent knows and as the scientific and sociological studies… tend to confirm, ‘[a] lack of maturity and an underdeveloped sense of responsibility are found in youth more often than in adults” – Justice Anthony Kennedy Crimes committed by juveniles have been in discussion at elevated levels …

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Mar 15

Science, advocacy, and policy

What’s the role of science, and scientists, in public and political debate?  This question lies at the heart of a great essay on the website undark. Check it out!

Mar 10

Simplify, Don’t Dumb It Down: the art of getting to the point while respecting your audience

By Jonas Calsbeek, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student “An alleged scientific discovery has no merit unless it can be explained to a barmaid.” -Ernest Rutherford, Nobel Prize winner (1908) This statement describes the difficulty that scientists face when attempting to explain their research to the general public. Not only is it important to understand complex chemical …

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Mar 08

Storytelling in Science: The Importance of Passion and Perspective

Photo: Jim McCulloch

By Kelsey O’Neill, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student Lichens are not typically a common conversational topic or thought of as being particularly “newsworthy”. Yet OPB’s producer for the Oregon Field Guide, Ed Jahn, saw great potential in the research of Sarah Jovan, who was studying lichens in the northwest. The reason he decided to cover her …

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Mar 03

Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty

By Levi van Tol, Washington State University Vancouver Neuroscience Student Many times in life we are faced with piles of information. Information that is indeed useful and needed, but often times can be better interpreted with a summary. Let’s take the current political debates. While all the dialogue is useful for context, many times a …

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Mar 01

The problem with science: it ain’t sexy

By Nathan Allen, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience Student To some, the phrase “science journalism” is an oxymoron. Expressing the complex, accurate and oftentimes lengthy details of a major scientific discovery in the casual and attention-grabbing form that is required of journalists seems near impossible. Some journals and newspapers find ways around this, by tending to write …

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