And another satirical comment on vaccinating children #satire #vaccines

From the twitterverse:

It’s a parents’ right to choose which eradicated diseases to bring back by not vaccinating – The Onion #science #satire

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Check out this hilarious opinion piece about parents not vaccinating their children at The Onion! As always, the satire is thick…and poignant. The article points out that choosing not to vaccinate children has caused a revival of dangerous diseases that are preventable and were eradicated at least a generation ago. Funny stuff… because its so close to reality! The full article is amazing, below are my favorite excerpts!

Regardless of what anyone else thinks, I fully stand behind my choices as a mom, including my choice not to vaccinate my son, because it is my fundamental right as a parent to decide which eradicated diseases come roaring back.

The decision to cause a full-blown, multi-state pandemic of a virus that was effectively eliminated from the national population generations ago is my choice alone, and regardless of your personal convictions, that right should never be taken away from a child’s parent. Never.

It’s simple: You don’t tell me how to raise my kids to avoid reviving a horrific illness that hasn’t been seen on our shores since our grandparents were children, and I won’t tell you how to raise yours.

Learn how to communicate #science to non-scientists!! Apply for this exciting #SciComm program – @ResearchAmerica

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  • Strategic Scientific Communications
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  • Developing and Delivering Messages
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Cool Videos: Cytotoxic T Cells on Patrol

Love a good science video! Great blog post on NIH Directors Blog

NIH Director's Blog

Cytotoxic T Cell Video screencapture

Wow! It’s one thing to know that the immune system has the power to destroy cancerous cells. But it’s quite another thing to see a cytotoxic T cell actually take out a cancer cell right before your eyes.

This amazing video was produced by Alex T. Ritter as part of Celldance 2014, an annual video series by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). To make this series happen in 2014, ASCB staff contacted cell biology labs known for their sophisticated imaging tools and techniques, asking them to submit proposals for videos. In return, ASCB provided some funding, post-production support from a professional videographer, and an original soundtrack from the up-and-coming Hollywood composer Ted Masur.

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NASA day of remembrance

Fallen astronauts and NASA personnel are pictured on a board displayed in front of the Space Mirror Memorial, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, during NASA's Day of Remembrance. (PHOTO/Jon Shaban, Staff)

Fallen astronauts and NASA personnel are pictured on a board displayed in front of the Space Mirror Memorial, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, during NASA’s Day of Remembrance. (PHOTO/Jon Shaban, Staff)

Hearts are heavy on the Space Coast as NASA marks the most somber week in its history Wednesday.

NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance began with a ceremony in front of the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex containing the names of the 17 astronauts lost in the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia disasters.

  • Apollo 1 — On Jan. 27, 1967 a deadly launch pad fire killed the crew’s three astronauts.
  • Challenger — On Jan. 28, 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded seconds after liftoff, killing all seven crew members on board.
  • Columbia — On February 2, 2003, the seven-member Columbia crew was lost when the shuttle disintegrated returning from orbit.

Wednesday morning, those 17 astronauts, along with pioneering test pilots who paved the way for space travel, were remembered as a wreath was placed at the foot of the memorial.

The official Day of Remembrance website.

#Science Quotable: Carrie Wolinetz – President of @UMR4NIH… Again!!

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We commend Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY) for introducing two new pieces of legislation this week that would boost federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – the American Cures Act and the Advancing Biomedical Research Act. With stagnant funding levels surpassing a decade, our nation is falling deeper and deeper into a medical innovation deficit. These steadfast congressional leaders recognize our country’s dire position and the importance of making lifesaving and economy-fueling NIH funding a top priority in the 114th Congress. – Carrie Wolinetz, PhD, President, United for Medical Research

Again, because of this #Science Quotable posted yesterday…. also from Carrie Wolinetz!