Why Do I Love Parentheses So Much? (Because They’re So Useful)

I’ll just jump right into it. Yes, the statement in parentheses used in the title of this blog post should really be between “Much” and the question mark, not after the question mark. But sometimes it looks so much better for the parentheses to occur after the first statement. I couldn’t help myself. But today’s…More


I remember a time when I did not know what the word “occupied” meant. I was young, maybe seven years old, when I walked into a bathroom at a restaurant, knocked on the door of a stall and the person inside replied, “occupied.” When I returned to my table where my family was having dinner,…More

So You’re A Nerd… Thoughts of An Expert’s Deskmate

Today I want to talk to you about nerds*. I was eating lunch with several colleagues (almost all PhDs in some sort of biomedical science) and one mentioned a moose (for the life of me, I can’t remember the context). When I used the word “meese” to describe more than one moose, everyone laughed. “Is…More

Thoughts of a Subject Matter Expert’s (SME) Deskmate

I was doing some research for an article I was writing about post-exercise performance and metabolism. The study under review was comparing results between a fasted and fed pre-exercise state. The abstract of the research article I was reading (link) mentioned the acronym “FFA” but did not explain what it meant. In my training as…More

#ScienceKara is Back

After a 2-month hiatus, I have returned to my beloved science blog devoted to debunking scientific myths in public discourse. Although I regret that I had to take a hiatus, I am glad that I used the time to get settled in a new location: Charlotte, North Carolina! After an acceptance into a graduate program…More