The Placebo Effect: Unleashing the Power of Intention?

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?”

A Scientist’s Response to Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

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”

Scientism: Rationalizing Cultural Polarization

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on May 20, 2021 The goal of this piece is to highlight the division that is running rampant through our country. I find the majority of arguments these days are built on assumption and polarization. Instead of arguing productively, we just angrily shout at our metaphorical neighbors over the fence thatContinue reading “Scientism: Rationalizing Cultural Polarization”

Science-Backed Authoritarianism is Still Authoritarianism

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on April 14, 2021. An article inspired by me constantly finding myself cast aside as “the other” within groups I thought I identified with. How “science” became a politically polarizing topic. We are in an interesting social environment recently. We have loud minorities of people aggressively defending anti-science principles (anti-vax, anti-climateContinue reading “Science-Backed Authoritarianism is Still Authoritarianism”

Capitalism Reinforces Biased Science

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on April 8, 2021 Industry science unapologetically profits off of academic grunt work. Academics are the underappreciated foundation that allows pharmaceutical companies to succeed. According to National Science Foundation, nearly half of academic research in the US is covered by government funding. Every lab I’m aware of received some federal grantContinue reading “Capitalism Reinforces Biased Science”

The Exploitation of Human Labor in American Science (and Beyond)

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on April 2, 2021 The basis of this essay was originally written in January of 2020 as a proposal for the L’Oreal Women in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship.  In my application, I emphasized empowering women in Science by paying them. Apparently, they didn’t like my application. Challenging the Hypocrisy of Free LaborContinue reading “The Exploitation of Human Labor in American Science (and Beyond)”

Transitioning My Heart from a Molecular Biologist to a Vegan Scientist; The origins of The Ethical Scientist, Part II

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on March 31, 2021 I was told that my contract for my postdoctoral position was coming to and end in the new year (2021). I felt relief, because my loyalty to the position had outlived its usefulness and I no longer had to feel (entirely self-provoked) guilt for seeking new employment.Continue reading “Transitioning My Heart from a Molecular Biologist to a Vegan Scientist; The origins of The Ethical Scientist, Part II”