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About johannaohm

Johanna Ohm is a graduate student in Biology at Penn State University.

Communicating Science: Examples to follow from ComSciCon

The annual Communicating Science workshop for graduate students, ComSciCon, gathered students and science journalists from all over the country to meet for a three day workshop in Cambridge, Mass. last week. The conference included workshops on developing K-12 curriculum, using … Continue reading

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“Climbing the Ivory Tower” panel discussion gave tips for success

If your dream job is in academia, Monday’s (3/13) panel discussion on “Climbing the Ivory Tower: transitioning from PhD to post-doc and beyond” was a lively discussion filled with useful advice for how to stick the academic career track. We … Continue reading

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Ask the faculty: how to be successful in academia?

Interested in an academic career path? We hear a lot about the widening gap in the number of PhDs awarded and the number of academic jobs available. How can we improve our prospects for landing one of those coveted tenure … Continue reading

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Andrew Read’s talk about talking

Giving talks can be hard. Giving talks about giving talks might be even harder. Andrew Read pulled it off this morning when he spoke at this month’s CGSA workshop on “How to give a great talk.” 

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Why go to journal club?

Journal club at the CIDD has had a sporadic history. In theory, we like the idea. In practice, we disagree on which papers to read, we sometimes don’t read the papers and we struggle with numbers. This year we’ve decided … Continue reading

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Creepy, crawly, crunchy: Can insects feed the future?

As CIDD graduate students, we think about insects as vectors of disease, but we don’t always consider other important attributes of insects: like how tasty they might be. Many insects are edible and considering their use as a novel livestock … Continue reading

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Opportunity to meet with Florence Dunkel, April 20 @ 11:00 a.m.

All graduate students (CIDD, biology, entomology, INTAD) are welcome to meet with Florence Dunkel on Monday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. Location TBA. Please RSVP to Jo at jo.ohm@psu.edu if you would like to attend.  

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Nature in Code, new ebook by CIDD’s Marcel Salathé

In prime time for a grad student winter break project, Marcel Salathé‘s new ebook, Nature in Code, came out this week, published Dec. 17. The book covers key biological concepts from natural selection and topics in evolution to modeling the … Continue reading

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State College is bumping with science

State College has a lot going on. So much sometimes, it can be hard to keep on top of the who, what and when. This semester seems to have raised the caliber of science-related excitement with the number of high … Continue reading

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Infectious Disease Conversation on WPSU, Live with Andrew

Earlier this month, if you had turned on your radio around 8 p.m., Andrew Read and Jose Stoute would have come through the speakers with a live conversation on infectious diseases. The program aired on WPSU-FM, the local NPR station, … Continue reading

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