Akanksha Vaidya Tartan Alumna

Class of 2011


  • Tales from abroad: Cyprus

    Sitting on a plane heading to a completely foreign country should not be the first time you open a guidebook to read about that country. Yet here I was, heading to Cyprus for a month-long study abroad program opening my Lonely Planet guide for the first time. Cyprus, I learned, was currently divided into two halves, one with Greek Cypriots and the other with Turkish Cypriots. The Republic of Cypru...

    Pillbox | August 30, 2010
  • HealthTalk: Acupuncture

    The ancient Chinese believed that an energy, called “qi,” flows through the body and maintains health. The energy moves through pathways in the body called meridians. If this flow were disrupted, it would result in ill health or disease. To restore the correct flow of energy, the Chinese would insert needles at certain points along these pathways, a technique known as acupuncture. As explained in ...

    SciTech | August 23, 2010
  • Health Talk: Stem cell organ transplants

    Two years ago, an organ transplant in Spain caught the attention of the medical community across the world. As reported in a story on www.dailymail.co.uk, Claudia Castillo of Spain received a windpipe generated from her own stem cells.

    SciTech | April 26, 2010
  • Carnival booths exceed public expectations

    This year, Carnival once again boasted the usual elaborately designed booths and, as a result, Midway showcased some of Carnegie Mellon’s most creative work. With booth designs ranging from a never-ending ice age to a world in which the Pittsburgh Pirates actually win games, the booths aptly reflected this year’s theme — “History With A Twist.”

    Pillbox | April 19, 2010
  • Health Talk: Thalidomide

    In the late 1950s, many women began giving birth to babies with severe limb defects. These babies had limbs that resembled the flippers of whales or seals — the limbs were extremely short with the fingers often protruding from the shoulder blades. Scientists coined this condition “phocomelia,” literally meaning “seal limb,” but were baffled as to what could be the cause of these debilitating defec...

    SciTech | April 12, 2010