Skin-bleaching: got mercury?
May27

Skin-bleaching: got mercury?

The Minnesota Health Department yesterday issued a warning that skin-lightening cosmetic products sold in the area contain concentrations of inorganic mercury high enough to warrant their disposal as hazardous chemical waste. Details on the warning can be found in this Star Tribune article by Maura Lerner with intern Alejandra Matos (hurray for summer student interns!). State technicians tested 27 products, including 23 creams and...

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Cancer Molecular Therapeutics position at Dartmouth
May26

Cancer Molecular Therapeutics position at Dartmouth

About this time of year in the US South, the temperatures are starting to get into the 90s (Fahrenheit) with the humidity climbing steadily. On days like these I turn my mind to scientific conferences that many of us attend or have attended in New England. Serendipity struck yesterday when I received a missive from New England – specifically from my cancer pharmacology and toxicology colleague, Dr Alan Eastman, at Dartmouth...

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Minority Student Success with NOBCChE
May24

Minority Student Success with NOBCChE

In 2005, more than two-thirds of the American scientific workforce was composed of white males. But by 2050, white males will make up less than one-fourth of the population. If the pipeline fails to produce qualified nonwhite scientists, we will, in effect, be competing against the rest of the world with one hand tied behind our backs. This statement came from a superb L.A. Times op-ed in early 2010 by Irving R. Epstein is a Howard...

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Mike Kastan to lead Duke Cancer Institute
May16

Mike Kastan to lead Duke Cancer Institute

The NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center at Duke University has just announced that Michael Kastan, MD, PhD, will become its new executive director. Kastan currently serves as director of the cancer center at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, a position he has held since 2004. A well-respected physician-scientist, Kastan oversaw St. Jude becoming the first pediatric cancer hospital to receive NCI comprehensive status. A start...

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Capitalization guide for academic degrees
May13

Capitalization guide for academic degrees

It’s University Commencement season, a time of great celebration but also one for confusion over capitalization (or capitalisation for my UK colleagues). I don’t have a style guide in front of me (bad professor!) so I turned to Teh Googles. The first search return that made sense to me comes from the University of South Carolina: Official college degrees when spelled out. Bachelor of Fine Arts, but bachelor’s degree Master...

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