Michael Setzer Contributing Editor

Class of 2014


  • Author Sam Kean tells stories behind the periodic table

    “Science is best learned when presented in story form.”

    Such is Sam Kean’s point of view on the explanation of scientific knowledge. The science writer gave a lecture, titled “The Disappearing Spoon,” to a crowd of about 100 in Gregg Hall last Thursday.

    SciTech | October 15, 2012
  • SciTech Briefs

    Study shows bias persists for women in science

    A new study by Yale University researchers revealed that science professors prefer male applicants to their female counterparts. The study gave biology, chemistry, and physics professors at six major research universities one of two résumés and asked them to rate the applicant’s competence on a scale of 1–7.

    SciTech | October 1, 2012
  • Cell-inspecting system could improve cancer diagnoses

    The discovery of a potential tumor can be a challenging experience for patients and physicians. While the patient needs to understand what’s going on, the physician has to decide if the tumor needs to be removed immediately. This process is not as clear-cut as it seems. There are relatively few tools available to help a physician determine what exact course of action should be followed, but resear...

    SciTech | September 24, 2012
  • How Things Work: Vaccines

    There’s a lot going on in the field of public health and vaccinology. According to NPR, researchers have been working on a vaccine to fight Dengue Fever, and Scientific American recently reported on the progress of a preventive medication for HIV. While these might seem more exciting than your annual flu shot, the process of how such vaccines work is complicated and fascinating.

    SciTech | September 17, 2012
  • How Things Work: Sunscreen

    Whether it was a day at the beach, working in the yard, or being lazy by the pool, your skin had been subjected to the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Your result — either a painful burn or a healthy glow — probably depended on the use of (or lack of) one indispensable item: sunscreen.

    SciTech | September 10, 2012

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