Ever since the 'communicating science' class in PFP course, I have been trying really hard to write blogs for communicating the science we do in our lab at VT.
I found some super-creative, engaging, and insightful instances of science well communicated:
Computational approaches in high-throughput proteomics data analysis
My Experiment with Dancing:
Here is my attempt to explain the major stuff we do in our lab group:
Whenever we do any of these things- drink, eat, sleep + everything else that we do in between drinking, eating, and sleeping, we affect ourselves and our planet.
In our lab, we try to measure the effects of our actions on our environment. We hope that we will be able to catch a potentially detrimental action much before the damage is irreparable.
Years ago, a man-made chemical called CFC was promoted as the coolest invention ever. It actually was used in refrigerators to help keep them cool. We were very excited for using and exploiting its benefits!
In fact, we were so excited that we forgot to breathe, step back, and enquire if this new chemical CFC is damaging our environment.
Eventually, we did realize that we were fast losing a protective layer in our atmosphere. This protective layer (also known as ozone layer) is the layer that blocks sun's harmful rays and saves higher life forms from damage. We did find out that CFC, our awesome man-made chemical was responsible for depletion of this beautifully protecting and natural layer in our atmosphere.
Sadly, it is almost too late for us to repair the ozone layer within our life-time.
So, we in Pruden lab at Virginia Tech, very carefully monitor man-made chemicals that include anti-biotics, and their effect on environment. We hope we will not make an avoidable CFC-type mistake again.