Welcome to Equilibria! Who the heck are we?

We’re three Ph.D. students who have given over our twenties to biology research, and we’re starting this project to share our love of science with you! Ph.D. students (alongside postdocs) do the grunt work of science. Each day we try to learn something new about the world. Science research is rarely as glamorous as it appears in popular media, but it’s also rarely endless, dull toiling. Instead, it’s a bit of both! We love the job, and want to share what it looks like.

Importantly, we don’t just want to communicate our love of science concepts, but also of the scientific process. We want Equilibria to be a window into the world of the scientific profession: the gritty, day-to-day details of life as a scientist. We’ll also feature descriptions of our favorite research, so that you can see what motivates us.

Our posts will fall largely into two categories (with some overlap):

Life in science

Who are the people working to cure cancer, or make crops resistant to disease, or add to our knowledge of the universe? What do those people do when they get to work in the morning? We like our jobs (most days), and are eager to share! Who knows – maybe in reading about the unique peculiarities of this line of work – in all of its creative, exasperating, thrilling glory – you might see a world you’d like to join someday.

We’ll be profiling scientists we look up to, describing the dramas (and silly banalities) of our daily professional lives, and subjecting depictions of science in popular culture to healthy critique. We’ll also enlist our peers to provide a peek into the work worlds of research outside of the life sciences.

Science in life

Science is the story of existence, a story so complicated and dramatic it could rival the most indulgent soap opera.  Much of this drama is hidden behind thick academic jargon, but now that we are tasked with digesting that jargon professionally, we’d like to tell our favorite science stories!

We’ll be writing about our favorite scientific concepts and discoveries, cool techniques we use in our own work, and the nature of academic research as a whole. We’ll also review books on topics dear to our hearts, and muse about the state of science policy in America.

We encourage you to ask questions, make suggestions, comment liberally, and share your own favorite science tidbits. Enjoy!

-Maya Emmons-Bell,  Arik Shams,  & Tess Linden
(@m_emmonsbell,  @realarikshams,  & @talinden)

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