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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Science@CornellVET blog

Have you read the Vet school science blog?  Read the 'Scopes article highlighting this student run effort. BESTie Luisa Torres took this opportunity to heart, communicating on topics as varied as the blood brain barrier, typhoid, and the recent Stem Cell Symposium. In her words,

"Using the blog to talk about the research we do in the department is not only a great way for me to improve my science communication skills, but is also a great excuse for me talk to people whose work I like and admire."

Luisa is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbiology and Immunology.  See her latest blog contribution on Tricking Typhoid.  Way to go Luisa!

Several other BESTies are also contributors to the blog. Read more via the links below.

Erin Nicklow, PhD student in Molecular Medicine, describes a win-win solution for conservationists and cattle ranchers in Africa in her blog post here, and highlights the new diagnostic test for food-borne bacteria in mollusks in this post.

Divya Shiroor, PhD student in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, writes on Animal allergies and immune responses shed light on human medicine and Science, not Silence. No stranger to the blogging world, Divya was previously selected by the NIH BEST Consortium as a first round choice and wrote: Waiting for PerfectCrossing the Finish LineThe Career ConundrumFraternizing with Failure,  Be Your Own Cartographer, and Is Academia My Forbidden Love?

Simon Frueh, PhD student in Immunology & Infectious Diseases, contributed the post on how Tuberculosis bacteria love lipids and on outbreak prediction based on dog virus epidemics

Michelle White, DVM, PhD Candidate in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, wrote about the promise of telemedicine

One of the attractive aspects of a hosted blog is that many contributors make light work, thus allowing many individuals to try their hand at blogging without having to take time to figure out the logistics and feel the pressure to consistently write material. This approach meshes well with the busy schedules of DVMs and PhDs who are immersed in their studies, research and clinical work. In addition, the many perspectives, story topics and writing styles appeal to readers who like the variety.

One result of this pilot in the Veterinary College is that it can serve as a model for the BEST Program to consider hosting a similar type of blog, extended over the 5 colleges and 65 departments and programs from which BEST trainees emanate. Stay tuned, and contact Susi Varvayanis if you are interested!

See https://blogs.cornell.edu/vetblog/ for more information.