America – The land of opportunity or opportunists? The outcry of an international student

You may have heard about the new proposed rule pertaining to changes to the F-1 visa program that may go to effect on Oct. 26 if passed. Here is the link to the information on that topic.  The article below assess this rule through critical eyes of an international student. I am...
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Dealing with Grief During Grad School (and a Pandemic)

It’s no secret that grad school is often associated with unparalleled amounts of stress. From failed experiments, lack of a “work-life balance,” or professors that go missing in action when students are waiting for edits on manuscripts or thesis papers, the ins and outs of...
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Why Age May Just Be a Number: The Epigenetics of Aging

In the winter of 1944-1945 in the Netherlands a great famine occurred due to the German occupation. This led to many people having to consume as little as 1000 calories a day for many, many months. The recommended intake for a healthy adult person is, on average, 2300 calories a...
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Non-Scientific Policy Aims to Limit Non-Human Primates in Scientific Research

The use of non-human primates (NPH) for research has been a hot-topic button for several years. While the use of primates in research in the United States is tightly regulated and highly scrutinized by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure that the...
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EnventureSA “Inspire” seminar series – With Dr. Jay An

Figuring out your future career is hard. Figuring out your future career in graduate school is even harder. Figuring out your future career in graduate school during a pandemic is just ridiculous. To alleviate some of the pain associated with choosing a career path, EnventureSA...
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Labroots Contest Submissions

This July, we partnered with Labroots.com to launch our first ever Science Writing Contest. The contest was open to all graduate students at UT Health San Antonio. Special congratulations to Erica Osta (1st place winner) and Ayon Bhattacharya (2nd place winner). Here are the...
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Inflammation, The Gut Microbiome, And Osteoarthritis: What Is The Link?

We hear daily that what we eat affects our health and the importance of eating “healthy.” Eating healthy is different from person to person as diets are complex but what we eat may actually help in the management of a disease. Various diets have been trending recently such...
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CRISPR: One More Weapon In The Arsenal

Defense Arm of the Microbial Immune System Being native to the bacterial immune system, no one imagined the immense potential of the CRISPR Cas system of the microbes. Limitations in the technology made it difficult for us to explore these proteins of tiny organisms. With the...
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