Blood Cancers - what would you want to know?

Blood Cancers – what would you want to know?

written by Julia Pon

Peripheral blood smear showing CLL cells source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chronic_lymphocytic_leukemia.jpg

Peripheral blood smear with CLL cells 
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If you had leukemia or lymphoma, what would you want to know?

As a medical student, I noticed a disconnect between the type of information that tends to be provided for patients, and the types of information medical students are taught: patient information booklets tend to focus on symptoms, tests and treatments, while courses…

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OA journal for outreach activities? #hivemind request

OA journal for outreach activities? #hivemind request

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I am lucky enough to work with some amazing people in an enrichment program for teens who love science. The leaders create activities to help students explore science in different ways. These exercises are usually more than the usual outreach or classroom activity – but they could be adapted to work within classrooms or for other settings.

So how do we share this great work?We are talking…

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Haida Gwaii beach

Haida Gwaii beach

Restorative Calm

I know we are all too busy but sometimes you need a break.

I’ve been unwell and spending a lot of mental energy on all the things that I wasn’t getting done. My wonderful husband set up a weekend in a small town on Vancouver Island. Taking a break helped me relax, reflect, and re-focus on what I wantto accomplish.

Now, I’m still busy and the task list is growing (seriously, do tasks somehow mate…

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Weathervane on the beach

Weathervane on the beach

Finkbeiner posts: round 2

Finkbeiner posts: round 2

One of our future scientists in the lab

One of our future scientists in the lab

More students writing about scientists! Not only do they get to learn about some cool science, they get to think about how communication can impact the take away message. Over half the students in our program are girls and yet our ‘wall of scientists photos are predominantly men. The students could write about either gender of scientist – but had to follow…

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Cheetah in the sun

Cheetah in the sun

Sometimes you need an army II

Sometimes you need an army II

Soaring Albatross

Soaring Albatross

Sometimes you need an army

Sometimes you need an army