Browsing Archives of Author »Cristy Gelling«

A win for basic research: CMU cell biologists suggest a simple treatment for food poisoning

February 7, 2012


Last May, contaminated fenugreek seeds caused an unusually severe outbreak of food poisoning in Germany, affecting nearly 4,000 people. 50 of those people died. The cause was a strain of E. coli bacterium that releases a tiny protein called Shiga toxin into the blood, causing damage to blood vessels and sometimes fatal kidney failure. Worldwide, […]

The Power of Personality Tests (for spiders)

January 7, 2012


Since all the Steel City Scientists are in the middle of deeply life-changing events (writing theses, applying for grad school, moving across the country etc) we haven’t posted in a month. That will change in February, so get ready for some awesome Pittsburgh science. In the meantime, here’s a cross-post from The Blobologist about the […]

Oysters in the acidifying ocean

December 2, 2011


Gary Dickinson is investigating how shellfish are affected by ocean acidification, the so-called ‘evil twin’ of global warming, but to hear about his work I had to visit my dentist. That’s because my dentist’s office is alarmingly close to where Gary works, embedded amongst the tissue engineers at the Department of Oral Biology in Pitt’s […]

Science Book Club: Future Fysiks

October 27, 2011


One of the great things about book clubs is having a motivation to break out of your old reading habits.  For example, I love science and I love books. So it’s no surprise that I read a lot of books about science. But all those pesky years of training in biology have left me with […]

Donors Choose Challenge

October 22, 2011


Today is the last day of the Science Bloggers for Students Challenge at Donors Choose. That means that Donors Choose will match any donation you make to one of our challenge projects! Double the value of your nice-ness! Feel good on a Saturday! Give some kids some calculators! Today only! To catch you up, Donors […]

Make a big difference with your spare change

October 17, 2011


Here’s the nice thing about donating money to local school projects during our Science Bloggers for Students challenge: you get to hear about the difference you made.  Just read the letters of thanks from the three teachers whose projects were officially funded last week. But there are still three more projects in the Steel City […]

Tech Innovations at Pitt

October 16, 2011


I kicked off several days of free food and receptions at Science 2011 by mooching around the Pitt Technology Showcase. I know from previous experience that this is the only event in the line-up that includes savory cheescake and olive tapenade, so I wasn’t going to miss it.  However, this was the first time I’d […]