Mind the science gap

Wanna get high?

August 28, 2013

As a curious (and, often naïve) teenager, I can remember being shocked at how a small amount of powder, pill, or plant had the potent ability to transform someone’s mood. Melancholy to euphoria in minutes was the idea. As an athlete, I was fortunate to find that this feeling could be achieved through exercise, and without […]

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Burn Baby Burn: The Truth About Lactic Acid and Exercise

June 1, 2013

Lactic Acid, it’s likely that most of us have heard of it—whether it was from a 1980’s Richard Simmons aerobics tape or from your personal trainer last week. The fitness industry has tossed this term around for years to describe the infamous “burn” during a workout. We were told that during intense exercise, lactic acid […]

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Mind the Science Gap – by the numbers

May 10, 2013

Once again Mind the Science Gap has reached the end of another 10-week season.  Drawing on some exceptional graduate student talent here at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the course and the associated blog posts have continued to stretch the participant’s abilities, and proven that the School is producing has some incredibly […]

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Brazilians and Man-scaping: a recipe for infection?

March 5, 2013

For many, spring break vacations call for swimsuits and extreme body-grooming. Gone are the days of “au natural”. Instead, individuals are getting rid of everything (yep, everything). And, it’s not just women; men are now buying into these services too and coining the new terms “man-scaping” and “mankini”. However, here is a caution to all the “bare-it-all” […]

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Licking the Salt Habit: When it May Have Started and What You Can Do About it.

February 26, 2013

You’re at the movies, waiting in line at the concession stand. What’s it going to be? The salty bag of popcorn or the Sour Patch Kids, or no wait…how about those savory Reece’s Pieces? Evidence says some will go for the salty popcorn every time.  What is it about taste preferences that make some people […]

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Zombie by Day, Owl by Night–Why sleeping preference may be problematic for your waistline.

February 19, 2013

Ever wonder where the terms lark and night owl came from? If you were to ask someone whether or not they would prefer to wake up at 6 AM, it’s likely they will answer with a definitive yes or no. This difference in sleep preference has to do with what scientists call our biological clock. […]

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Michigan Winters: Beyond the Dry Skin and Face Masks

February 5, 2013

It’s winter, it’s Michigan, and the weekly forcast is unchanging: Cloudy, chance of snow showers, high of 23 degrees. As the motivation to get outside steadily declines because of windchill factors and frostbite warnings, you might want to consider something else this season–are you getting enough vitamin D? If you live in Michigan during the months […]

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Next generation science communicators need your support!

January 12, 2013

Mind The Science Gap blog posts start again on February 4, with a great new group of students looking to develop their science communication skills. This time we have 11 students, and will be posting on Saturday as well as Monday – Friday: 10% more articles a week for the same price, which I recon […]

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Looking back at another semester of Mind The Science Gap

December 14, 2012

Well, we’ve reached the end of another MTSG course.  Once again, ten great students have published 100 fantastic blog posts, and learned something on the way about communicating and interacting with others. Mind The Science Gap will be back in January with another group of students – 12 this time, as I let two extras […]

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Was It Good for You?

December 7, 2012

Hello, reader. How’re ya’ doing? Comfortable? Sitting down? Good. So, we’ve been together for ten weeks now. When we first met everything was a haze of mind numbing euphoria, and I have to admit, the attraction was so intense that the smell of sex seemed to hang in the air (despite the fact that some of […]

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Welcome this season’s Mind The Science Gap Writers!

September 15, 2012

Mind The Science Gap kicks off its next season on September 24 with ten great new students.  Be sure to bookmark the blog, subscribe, tell your friends, family, colleagues, strangers in the street, everyone really, and prepared to read and comment on some of the most exciting and engaging public health science writing on the […]

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