Wild Fermentation

by Mary Mayfigures by Aparna Nathan People have been eating and drinking fermented foods since long before we understood how to cultivate the yeast and bacteria that make them. As anyone who’s cultivated a sourdough starter can attest, the microorganisms that make bread rise, ferment juice into alcohol, take the bitterness out of raw olives, and turn cabbage into kimchi are everywhere and all around … Continue reading Wild Fermentation

December 2 – Hit Me with Your Best Shot: Vaccines and COVID-19

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 2nd Join us on: Zoom (password: Seminar) or YouTube Live Speaker: Aly Warr Graphics: Aly Warr With an estimated 35 million infected and over 1 million deaths, SARS-CoV-2 has ravaged the world. We are waiting for scientists to produce a life-saving vaccine that can prevent the serious illness COVID-19 and help bring this pandemic to an end. Currently, there are nearly 200 different … Continue reading December 2 – Hit Me with Your Best Shot: Vaccines and COVID-19

Donna Strickland: Life in the (ultra)fast lane

Matt Yeh is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Applied Physics program at Harvard University. He is interested in studying how light-matter interaction can be used for quantum information science. Jovana Andrejevic is a fifth-year Applied Physics Ph.D. student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Cover image by Media Design and Media Publishing from Pixabay. This biography is part of … Continue reading Donna Strickland: Life in the (ultra)fast lane

Donna Strickland: Life in the (ultra)fast lane

by Matthew Yeh Ever wondered how laser eye surgery can be so precise, or how scientists can study processes that unravel over a billionth of a billionth of a second? Donna Strickland has got you covered! While a PhD student at the University of Rochester, she developed the technique of chirped pulse amplification (CPA), thus enabling the creation of ultra-short, high-intensity laser pulses. Beyond LASIK, … Continue reading Donna Strickland: Life in the (ultra)fast lane