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February 20th, 2017
Thanks, Ahmed.

Dear Readers,

This issue is dedicated to our dear friend and colleague, Professor Dave Featherstone, PhD, who passed suddenly at the end of January.

If you didn't know Dave, you won't have to look far to find someone in our community who was touched by his life. Like many of my fellow grad students, I knew Dave as a mentor, teacher, and colleague. He was a very bright light in our lab, and he knew exactly how to find a person’s greatest strengths and shine his light on them. Most of the time, we forget to give praise like Dave did. Science is ridden with critique. It’s our process. Whether he knew it or not, Dave’s positive feedback injected confidence and excitement to students when we needed it the most.

Dave made things seem effortless, from a quick email to let you know you did a good job, to the hard problems of science. No matter the topic, Dave had this amazing ability to rapidly process information and find that most critical of questions to ask. We all knew that we could bring him any question or problem, so long as we were prepared for a thoughtful, hour-long chat.

I want you to read this article that Dave wrote about how science = art. He knew so many cool things about this topic. Suzanne Harrison has created a beautiful website in his honor, so if you like, stop by for memories and photos. 

And now, we carry on. This month on

Keeping Up With the Red Queen by Anika Hazra
Under the Lens: Yesha Patel by Alyssa McRay
Review: I Contain Multitudes by Elsa Anderson
Watching Research Happen in JoVE by Cathy Lantz

Take care,

Recommended Reading

Under the Lens

Yesha Patel

"I always ask myself, what will matter to me the day I die? And for me, that answer is to experience what it is to be human and to live on this planet. So exploring every aspect that contributes to that will help me achieve that goal."
Read our interview with Yesha on our website.
Who should we interview? Email us at

Podcast Picks

Dr. Eugenia Cheng on Why Math is Magic
Does 1+1 actually equal...1? Dr. Eugenia Cheng, a mathematics expert, has some thoughts. Cheng works with the Art Institute of Chicago to improve public perception of Math. Renew your love of ###s with this episode of Nerdette.

Sex in the Sea
Support Science Café’s own, Anika Hazra, and listen to Science for the People. In this episode, Anika and author Marah Hardt investigate the unique ways sea creatures multiply and how we can aid in conservation efforts.

Alice Isn't Dead
Fans of Welcome to Night Vale rejoice! Alice Isn’t Dead follows a widow road-tripping across America to find her once-thought-dead wife. What she discovers is supernatural, mystifying, and captivating! Binge on the entire first season.

Supplemental Figure


From Mars, with love.

Shoutouts to...

Dr. Mason Fidino, Bayesian modeler extraordinaire. You've been poring over pics of all the urban foxes, coons, and squirrels. Send us some candids! 

Yang Chen, you passed your prelim! Take a deep breath, and treat yourself.

BIG UPs and many thank you’s to Dr. Brian Kay for giving his time and photography chops to our grad students in a professional headshot session. You made us look so employable!

Kim Garza and Sarah Manandhar for putting together some online tools for the TA's at UIC. If you are a grad student TA or instructor, fill out their survey to help guide their efforts. Stay tuned for the final product.

Happiest of birthdays this month to Ankur Saxena, Mia Krout, Alexis Smith, and Honghu Quan! Hope you enjoyed the warmest February weekend in Chicago history.

Go on, brag a little. Send us your rockstar moments of the month at

Do some good.

Earth day is April 22nd, and what better way to celebrate than to get involved with March for Science Chicago! We need science lovers like you to help with planning, outreach, and most importantly—PARTICIPATION!

Stay tuned for more details, and find us on the internet:
Twitter: @ScienceMarchCHI

Holler at Brigitte, Deanna, or Meg to stay up-to-date on the UIC envoy.




Rock Climbing with BGSA @ SRF


Alternative Careers in Neuroscience Seminar @ SCE



My Bibliography and SciENcv: Using MyNCBI for grant reporting, compliance and your biosketch webcast


Active Learning in the College Classroom: Teaching Practices that Foster Student Engagement @ Daley Library


UIC Office of Sustainability Lecture: David Orr @ The John and Kathy Schreiber Center


Writing a Successful Data Management Plan @ webcast


Civic Engagement in the Classroom @ Daley Library


Assessing your scholarly impact using the h-index and altmetrics @ webcast


Discover the New RefWorks @ online workshop


Games and Simulations as Tools for Teaching and Learning @ Daley Library




*FREE* Admission Days @ Field Museum - you seriously need to check this out.


Hard Hat Tour @ Field Museum


Lake Michigan's Beauty & Fragility @ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum *FREE*


Doane at Dusk @ Adler Planetarium


Mars-di-Gras @ Adler Planetarium


2017 One Earth Film Festival @ various Chicago venues


Juggernaut Film Festival: Sci-Fi + Fantasy Short Films @ Music Box Theater


How do Baby Fish ... Find Forever Homes? @ Pint


REEL Science: Contact @ Adler Planetarium


Pi Day “Pi K” 3.14 Mile Fun Run @ Fleet Feet

Cinema Science: Sharknado @ Field Museum

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