In a week-long program initiated and funded by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India, and held at NIAS, Bangalore, the interactive sessions were run by a grassroots organization called COACh (Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists). Anjali Vaidya gives us a sneak peek into some of the interactions at the conference and shares some excerpts from her conversations with Geraldine Richmond, the chair and founder of COACh.
“What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows." wrote Paulo Coelho in The Witch of Portobello. Shubha Tole shares this sentiment as she reflects on her experiences as a mentor to three Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Early Career Fellows.
Scientists and artists are more alike than different. Studies have shown that creativity in the sciences and arts have similar neural roots. Why then, do we have to choose one and shun the other? Anjali Vaidya exhorts scientists to broaden their horizons by embracing their artistic side. Paint a picture after hours of arduous PCR or indulge the writer in you while running your gel, she urges.
The Indian National Science Academy (INSA) announced the winners of its awards for young scientists earlier this year. Introduced in 1974, the INSA Medal for Young Scientists has since been given annually to researchers below 35 years of age working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, medicine and agriculture. Richa Malhotra talked to three young biologists who won the INSA medal this year...
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PhD Admissions - January 2015, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB)
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) invites application for admission to the PhD program (January 2015 session) in various research domains. The last date for receipt of completed applications forms isDecember 23, 2014. For more details, click here.
Flashbacks of trauma can be triggered by non-threatening stimuli. From fear conditioning studies on rats, researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences have traced the basis of such generalised fear to neurons in the amygdalae, shedding light on how the brain loses the ability to distinguish between cues for safety and danger.
Afforestation will help the planet—but climate change needs a deeper solution
In the past decade scientists and conservationists have argued back and forth about the net effects forests have on global climate. Reviewing results from biochemical and biophysical modelling, G. Bala suggests that while planting trees in the tropics could help ameliorate climate change, it is more important to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Anjali Vaidya reports...