Brandeis Science online tidbits

IGERT Video Poster Competition Voting Open

Tony Ng (a grad student in Paul Miller’s lab in Neuroscience) writes:

I’m entering a nationwide video/poster competition organized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the IGERT program.  There are over 100 three-minute-videos/posters in the competition.  The videos/posters are divided into 18 fields, all of which are multidisciplinary.  Mine covers cognition/biology/physics.

The competition has a Public Choice award.  Winning the award requires Facebook “likes” on my page.  I need on the order ~1000 “likes” to be in contention.  The bar has been raised from last year’s.  The competition is fierce.  Each/every vote from the Brandeis community counts!

The competition opens today (5/21) and ends Thursday (5/23) at 10pm.  For a vote to count, it is imperative to click on the “Public Choice” button, which would then trigger a Facebook “like” sign-in.  Anyone with an existing Facebook account can contribute.

Here’s the link to my 3-minute video/poster:

Act now! Tthe competition closes on Thursday at 10pm!

Hope you enjoy the videos!

Update (2 pm):

Andrew Russell from the Petsko-Ringe lab also has a poster in the competition on studying Aβ oligomers to understand Alzheimer’s Disease – check it out — vote early, vote often?

Bite Sci-zed Videos

Alex Dainis ’11 (Biology / Film, Television and Interactive Media) explains and entertains in her “Bite SCI-zed” youtube videos about science.

“Granular Materials” video by NSF highlights research by Chakraborty group

From NSF Multimedia Gallery: “Granular materials — like sand, rice, or powdered pharmaceuticals — are everywhere, yet their behavior is poorly understood.  In some ways behaving like liquids, in other ways behaving like solids, such materials have unique properties and pose unique questions to answer.  From clogged coal hoppers to powdered-snow avalanches, scientists and engineers are gaining new perspective on the fundamental nature of grains.  In this video, see some of the latest research into the behavior of granular materials.”

Prof. Bulbul Chakraborty’s group website

Nature article

iBiomagazine and iBioseminars

Some video resources if you need to explain scientific topics to students (or need something explained to you!) features short (<15 min) talks that highlight the human side of research. provides approximately hour-long seminars by high profile researchers.

Professor Emeritus of Biology Hugh Huxley discusses the sliding filament theory of muscle contraction in a November 2011 video from



Professor of Biology Jim Haber discusses Mechanisms of DNA Repair in a 2009 video from


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