February 2011

A history of black scientists


In honor of Black History Month, we put together a timeline of noteworthy black researchers and their contributions to the life sciences.


Getting serious about science education


You may have noticed that the state of science education has been in the news lately because of the perceived problems in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. While much of this activity has been centered on K-12 education, its impact can also be felt in higher education, where there is now greater emphasis on active engagement versus passive lecturing.


Ruma V. Banerjee and Stephen W. Ragsdale: deciphering sulfur and carbon metabolism

Ruma V. Banerjee and Stephen W. Ragsdale are professors in the department of biochemistry at the University of Michigan and partners in life as well. Here, we look at their research and how they balance life and the lab.

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