Category Archives: My Work

Psychosocial Oncology Research Faces Uncertain Future in UK

In November, the cancer charity Cancer Research UK announced its research strategy for the next 5 years. Included in it are goals to increase research on the early diagnosis of cancer; invest more in research on radiotherapy and surgery; and … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Legacy: Keeping Order

It’s hard to keep up with Erica McAlister as she darts through the labyrinth comprising the entomology department at London’s Natural History Museum. She’s eager to show off its treasures: iridescent beetles from South America, bugs with plantlike bodies, damselflies … Continue reading

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Science Careers Podcast

In 2007-2008, I did nine pieces on various career topics that were aired in the Science podcast. For most, I conducted the interviews, and wrote and voiced the script. Links to each of them are below. Science Careers Podcast: Synthetic … Continue reading

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Cancer in Europe: New Report, Recent Efforts Take Continent-wide Perspective

Patterns of cancer incidence and mortality across Europe are as varied as the continent’s geography. But a new report finds that, in general, obesity and tobacco use are driving cancer incidence, mortality, and survival across Europe: Overall cancer incidence has … Continue reading

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Prevention, Survivorship Highlighted in England’s Cancer Plan Update

Cancer prevention and survivorship feature prominently in England’s latest update to its national cancer plan. The update—called the cancer reform strategy—comes with £370 million (US$740 million) in new funding, though critics say that’s not nearly enough to make effective changes. … Continue reading

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Recent Conference Addresses Research Integrity on Global Scale

The name Jon Sudbø is one that many in the cancer community will not soon forget. In early 2006, Sudbø admitted to fabricating patient data used in a study of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and oral cancer risk published in The … Continue reading

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Cancer in Africa: Health Experts Aim To Curb Potential Epidemic

It seems like cancer should be the least of the health worries in most of the countries on the African continent, where communicable diseases are the leading cause of death and the life expectancy in more than half of the … Continue reading

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Deciphering Immunology’s Dirty Secret

Before Bali Pulendran started his first major protocol at the Emory Vaccine Center in Atlanta, he wanted to meet his subjects. So, in the fall of 2004 he and postdoc Marcin Kwissa drove the 25 miles to Lawrenceville, Georgia, and … Continue reading

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Eat Your Way to Better DNA

Published in The Scientist, September 2006: Jose M. Ordovas has been studying the role of lipoproteins in heart disease for decades. His laboratory and others have tried to tease out how these proteins factor into why some people can eat … Continue reading

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