Celebrity fuels movie and device awareness

When a famous actress writes about her own mastectomy, the world listens. Angelina Jolie wrote a story for the New York Times opinion pages about her own genetic risk of breast cancer, based on a mutation in her copy of the gene BRCA1. On June 6, Seattle audiences will get to see a new movie, … Continue reading Celebrity fuels movie and device awareness

Small words – Town Hall talk for Ignite Seattle

Some people in science like to use big words. You know what I’m talking about. Climatology, prehistoric, proteomics. Or phrases that tie us up in knots. I’m a fan of small ordinary words. Words that all of us use every day. The great cartoonist Randall Munroe of xkcd created a cartoon about labeling the parts … Continue reading Small words – Town Hall talk for Ignite Seattle

China virus and Washington science

Seattle and Pullman may seem far from the front lines in the battle against the emerging virus known as H7N9 in China. But scientists in both Northwest cities are watching carefully and working hard to help in whatever global effort is mounted against this new virus, which has passed from birds to humans. At the … Continue reading China virus and Washington science