Book Club : The Language Instinct

Our choice for the 2nd Book Club of 2017 is “The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language” by Steven Pinker. Discussion is tentatively scheduled for July 15th at the Pickles Pub. Lab members can view/download the ebook & audiobook […]

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The Science of Vaccines

Hard as it is for an Immunology student to understand the cultural “opposition” to vaccines, wading though the public discussions on the topic does bring up an important point that IS relevant to graduate education. This relates to our direct […]

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Book Club : Freakonomics

For February’s Lab Book Club discussion, the students chose the now “classic” from Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner – Freakonomics: : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. The book, originally published in 2005, has been […]

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Top 40 papers of 2016

No.. no.. this is NOT a list of the best Immunology papers of 2016; Instead this is a very self-centered list of 40 papers that we really liked – i.e. they are directly or indirectly related to the areas of […]

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Book Club: Outliers

Our book choice for reading through the holiday season is Outliers: The story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. In the book Gladwell presents his thesis about the factors are make some people wildly more successful than others – using a […]

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Polly Matzinger & the AI2016 finale.

The Graduate School’s 2016 Advanced Immunology class (organized by Dr. Martin Flajnik) featured several external lecturers this year, including John Tsang (NIAID, NIH), Avinash Bhandoola (NCI, NIH), Jonathan Powell (John’s Hopkins) – and finally Polly Matzinger (NIAID, NIH) last Friday. […]

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Book Club: Emperor Of All Maladies

This month, our lab book club choice is “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee. The book chronicles the history of cancer from an young physician’s perpective. A PBS miniseries based on the book is […]

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Publication : Perspective article in Pathogens & Disease

The FEMS journal Pathogens & Disease is coming out with a special issue focusing on research being done at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, here in the UMD school of Medicine. Our contribution to this is published online today […]

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Book Club : Survival of the Sickest

Our lab’s August 2016 Book Club selection was the Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem and Jonathan Prince. The book has been extensively reviewed since its 07 publication and is a staple of undergraduate book discussions in Biology. Lab […]

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HBO’s John Oliver on News Reports of “Scientific Research”

Okay .. This may not have the most appropriate language to be cited here :-), but its an interesting piece on an issue that should concern us all – the cherry-picked reporting of “science” that comes out in the news […]

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