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March 20th, 2017
Wenchi Jin
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Dear Readers,

Consider a seed. Perhaps you recall scooping them out of pumpkins, tangled up in slimy orange flesh. Or maybe the trendy superfood chia seed comes to mind. Did you know that oats and rice are both seeds?

Right now, countless seeds are forming inside their maternal plants. Countless others are sitting silently in the earth. Safe in a tiny embryo, dry, protected, and with plenty of food. They wait for the perfect combination of water, warmth, and surroundings before they can begin the dangerous task of growing.

Several decades into my life, I am still in awe as I plant seeds and watch their first shoots poke up out of the soil. The seeds are tiny or quite large, but they all seem distinctly not alive in their dry, hard shells. And then, those delicate first leaves unfurl, and you start to get a feel for all the power contained withinn the seemingly lifeless pods. 

I hope you feel the excitement too, of seeds stirring, of life preparing for warmer air. Greet those shoots, those buds on the trees, and the bright yellow greens that emerge. It’s the best time of the year.

This month on

On the Subject of Science by Elsa Anderson
Under the Lens: Kimberly Attebury by Lillian Perez
Review: Half Earth by Elsa Anderson
Getting the Most out of Mendeley by Cathy Lantz

Take care,

Recommended Reading

Under the Lens

Kimberly Attebury

“Thinking about what else I could possibly do -- I don’t know! It has always been science. This is the way it has to be.”

Read our interview with Kimberly on our website.
Who should we interview? Email us at

Podcast Picks

Is grit the main determinate of success? This is Dr. Angela Duckworth’s philosophy. Listen in as she discusses her research on tenacity and whether or not those of us lacking grit can make up for it with practice. 
CRISPR, the technique that launched a thousand mutations! The utility of this technique has revolutionized science. With all this potential, who is regulating its usage? Listen to CRISPR pioneer Kevin Esvel discuss his opinion on this complicated topic.

Location, Location, Location!
Is home where the heart is, or where the job is? Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond explore the complexities of living somewhere out of necessity, not choice.  

Supplemental Figure


So real.

Shoutouts to...

Dr. Anna Czupryna, we are so jealous of your research on free-roaming dogs near the Serengeti National Park! Do they love squirrels as much as our dogs do?

Dr. Ece Eksi on your successful dissertation and new position at OHSU! If anyone can cure cancer, it’s you!

Valentina Gomez on your Rosemary Grant Award that will fund your research. Bring in that money!

Elsa Anderson, local movie star! Watch Elsa’s interview on WTTW’s nature series Urban Nature.

Beatriz Aguirre, Lorna Cohen, Brian Grewe, Ashley Martin, and Andy Raduski, happy happy birthday!


Did we miss something? Go on, brag a little. Send us your rockstar moments of the month at

Do some good.

And make some money! Serve as an election judge or equipment manager in the upcoming general election in suburban Cook County. April 4th. Local elections matter!

March for Science Update

Visit our Science Café web page for the latest.

4/20- Thursday: 9am-2pm UIC LIN Spring Symposium: Student Center East  

4/21- Friday: 3pm-6pm Graduate/Undergraduate Meet and Greet: SEL 4086 and Oasis. Make posters for the March for Science-- let everyone know why you love science!-- write postcards to your representatives about why science is important, all while mingling with graduate students from different science disciplines-- there will be snacks!

4/22- Saturday: 10am-4pm March for Science Chicago! Chicago, TBD. Not just a march, so much more! More information on the official march at:




Bio Grad student Peer Writing Group @ 4273 SEL


David Featherstone Symposium @ SCE Illinois Room


BGSA Alternative Career Panel @ TBD - mark your calendar!



UIC Postdoctoral Association Hosts: Strategic Financial Planning @ COMRB 3175, 12-1 pm


What It Takes to Get Hired in Higher Ed - Free Webinar


Undergraduate Panel on Applying to Grad School - BSB 2019


2017 Student Research Forum (SRF) and UIC Impact Day @ UIC Forum


Building a Better Resume @ SCE 329


Interview Essentials Workshop @ SCE 329

Blackboard as an Extension of the Classroom @ Richard Daley Library


TEDxUofIChicago @ UIC Forum



CHIentist Spring Happy Hour @ Vice District Brewing Tap Room


Recent Advances in CO2 Storage Science and Technology @ IIT

Sean Flannery present Drunk Science @ The Comedy Bar

3.23, 25

Hidden Figures Revealed @ Adler Planetarium


Artists Behind the Field Museum @ The Backroom Pop-up Bar

Doane at Dusk @ Field Museum


Get Fishy with Collections Manager Caleb McMahan @ The Backroom Pop-up Bar


Science on Screen: Anaconda @ Field Museum


The Physics of Baseball @ Chicago Public Library

2nd Annual DOC10 Film Festival @ Davis Theater


Chicago Society for Neuroscience Meeting @ Northwestern Memorial Hospital


Making Things Meaningful in the Ice Age @ Columbia College Chicago

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