One of my favorite things about San Francisco is all of its hidden treasures. Last Sunday, my friends and I stumbled upon one more: the Randall Museum.

For years we have known that spaceflight causes immune dysfunction, weakening the human body’s ability to fight off even the common cold.

“I love to escape the masses, put on a backpack and explore the mountains, or pick up and move to a new place where I don’t know a soul. It’s thrilling to feel so vulnerable.

If you peer closely at a drop of pond water with a microscope, what do you think you’ll see? If your answer is an amorphous amoeba, or perhaps a furry paramecium, you’re correct.

The headlines this summer have been marred by one disturbing theme: an attack on diversity in the United States.

After a week of vacation I returned to my lab and an inbox crowded with emails. As I read through the 100 or so messages, I noticed a troubling theme emerging. There were emails condemning the hateful actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, safety bulletins warning about the heat wave that hit San Francisco, and messages criticizing the president’s decision to rescind Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrival (DACA). Reading about hate, prejudice, and extreme weather (or as I was thinking about it, a gentle reminder of climate change) was a hard way to transition back into my normal routine. The familiar feeling of disheartenment that I had left behind while on vacation began to creep back into me.
Joe Palca visits UCSF. Photo credit Nicholas Weiler, UCSF

Want to be a better science communicator? Simplify your message, and get over the impulse to go into excruciating detail, says Joe Palca, a highly effective science correspondent at National Public Radio (NPR).

I turned on the news and my home was underwater. Drowning.

I was just back in Houston for a visit in May. It was still true: everything in Texas is bigger, even bigger than you remember, especially after you’ve been away a while.

Are you part of an exemplary partnership program that promotes health equity in San Francisco? Why not trumpet achievements with a 2017 Excellence in Partnership Award?

In April, the Associated Students of the Graduate Division (ASGD) developed and administered a survey to get at this question.