The Helix Blog
The Helix Blog gives voice to City of Hope graduate students and their research.
May 8, 2015 | Vishnu Samarasimhasubhashchandra
Coffee coffee coffee, no single person’s day is done without having a cup of coffee. Coffee is the best friend for many of us. Recent reports show that scientists (ourselves) are the biggest coffee drinkers of all.
April 27, 2015 | City of Hope
Announcements Congratulations to Jodi Murakami and her fiancée, who welcomed home their baby boy in December. Congratulations to Nathaniel Magilnick and his wife, who welcomed home their baby boy in March.
June 9, 2014 | Cassandra Ramos
The Ph.D. is the highest degree awarded in the field of life sciences, and this achievement should be attainable by anyone with the aptitude, intellectual curiosity, and drive to pursue knowledge at the highest level.
April 7, 2014 | Cassandra Ramos
The following is a logic puzzle. Five grad students from five different departments each skip out of lab on a different weekday to enjoy a different recreational activity (slackers!). Which day did they skip? What did they do? Use these clues to help determine the identity of the students and what they did on their days off.
March 6, 2014 | City of Hope
The Scientific Creative Quarterly is a website that specializes in all sorts of creative scientific writing…but I’m partial to their witty humor pieces. This article ( pdf ) in particular, is a tongue-in-cheek “research paper” that analyzes the mechanism by which Wolverine (from the X-men) can regenerate.
February 17, 2014 | Cassandra Ramos
I love procrastinating, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite websites for grad school humor, “ What Should We Call Grad School ”. I think a bunch of the entries on this site are great, but I’ve compiled a few that are specific to first-year grad students.
February 12, 2014 | Lindsey Skrdlant
My research focuses on a disease known as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). MDS is a pre-leukemic bone marrow disorder that is characterized by ineffective production of red blood cells, neutrophils, and/or platelets.
February 4, 2014 | City of Hope
This guest blog from the Scientific American deals with an issue that we all struggle with -- work-life balance. It’s written by a professor at Harvard who had an interesting approach to getting tenure: she viewed her 7-year probationary period as an assistant professor as a “7-year post doc”.
January 20, 2014 | City of Hope
A belated “Welcome Back” to everyone! After spending a week (or more) on winter vacation, I imagine you all are recovering from a bad case of the “back-to-work blues”. Have no fear! We here at the Helix anticipated this epidemic and have compiled an assortment of Holiday-themed PhD Comics to boost morale (and probably kill productivity).
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