Editorials

Get a Peek into the Chalfie Lab!

Published Jun 7, 2018

The Chalfie lab researches fundamental problems of neurobiology in the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans, a transparent free living nematode that grows to be about 1 mm in length. Specifically, the lab revolves around the study of the touch receptor neurons (TRNs) which are the sensory neuron responsible for mechanosensation. Through study of the TRNs’ development… Read more

Meet Dr. Joachim Frank, Nobel Laureate

Published Jun 7, 2018

Our editors Vikas Chelur CC’21 and Maria Trifas CC’21 interviewed Dr. Joachim Frank in December 2017. Dr. Frank is a professor in Columbia’s Biological Sciences department who recently won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 with Jacques Dubochet and Richard Henderson for their research in cryoelectron microscopy. Here is a snippet of the interview… Read more

Addicted to Adderall

Published Apr 15, 2015

Abstract In college student’s everyday struggle of completing assignment after assignment, the au naturel approach doesn’t always cut it. Substances are often used to bridge the gap to allow students to meet the ideal level of academic rigor while maintaining a desired lifestyle. In the realm of “study drugs,” caffeine plays a significant role, keeping… Read more

The Genetics of Human Behavior

Published Apr 15, 2015

Behavioral disorders arise from environmental, lifestyle, and genetic factors. Past studies have shown evidence for the hereditability of several major behavioral neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder. In these cases, certain genetic defects are passed down from parental generations and increase an offspring’s risk of inheriting a specific disorder. While neuropsychiatric disease… Read more

Our Future in the Stars

Published Apr 15, 2015

After years of hard physical and mental training, they take their first steps to the shuttle, waving goodbye to all the spectators and Earth. These astronauts, originally scientists, teachers, pilots, and engineers, each endured at least three years of rigorous professional training before even applying to an astronaut program. Earning a bachelor’s degree is the… Read more