By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on February 28, 2022 My journey in science always felt like one of juxtaposition. My journey includes an unlikely story of animal cruelty and a path to veganism. Along the way, I discover many qualms with both industry science and American academia, leaving me hopeless in a field I perceived asContinue reading “Happily Ever After: A Vegan Biologist Finds Her Ethical Way Home.”
By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on October 7, 2021 The placebo effect: manifesting positive outcomes. The placebo effect occurs when a person shows positive outcomes because they expect positive outcomes, usually due to some sort of intervention or special treatment. The presence of trusted authorities providing perceived valuable care can actually manifest positive results, whether thereContinue reading “The Placebo Effect: Unleashing the Power of Intention?”
By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on September 9, 2021 A report came out on September 7th, 2021 covered by The Seattle Times citing the NIH has allotted $1.6 million to five different institutions to study whether the coronavirus vaccine impacts menstruation. I would like to use this opportunity to give a skeptic scientist’s perspective on whatContinue reading “A Scientist’s Response to Biden’s Vaccine Mandate”
By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on July 29, 2021 Believe it or not, a doctoral program isn’t designed to make you an expert in your field: that is a pleasant consequence. Sometimes I think even scientists forget this. A PhD program is designed to teach you how to think. It teaches you how to ask theContinue reading “Dear Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Fellow Humans: Be Controversial.”
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