California Governor signs strict school vaccination legislation! #Vaccines #SolvingProblems

California Governor Signs Strict School Vaccine Legislation

Brown, a Democrat, issued a signing statement just one day after lawmakers sent him the bill to strike California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. The bill takes effect next year.

“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown wrote. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”

California joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states with such strict requirements.

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Red #Aurora – crazy solar storms but beautiful displays!

Last week, the sun produced 3 different solar storms, level G4 (severe), that all combined and crashed into Earth’s atmosphere. This geomagnetic storm had some negative consequences for electricity supplies, but the images captured both on land and from space are STUNNING.  Check them out!

The Northern Lights put on a gorgeous show near Duck Lake, Mont., early Monday morning. (Phillip Granrud via

The Northern Lights put on a gorgeous show near Duck Lake, Mont., early Monday morning. (Phillip Granrud via

The sunspot AR2371 is behind Monday's geomagnetic storm activity. (NASA/SDO)

The sunspot AR2371 is behind Monday’s geomagnetic storm activity. (NASA/SDO)

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Had an amazing time at #worm15 conference – Now back to work!! #lifeofapostdoc


I had an awesome week at UCLA for the GSA’s 2015 C. elegans International Meeting, hence so few posts recently. There was amazing science, including terrific talks and workshops (and my poster… obviously), AND the worm community knows how to have tons of fun!! Check out some of the live tweeting from the conference here – #worm15. The worm art show and variety show also highlight the creativity of worm scientists!! And, seeing Nobel Laureate and keynote speaker Craig Mello dance with a worm was certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity!


CauseScience Friday, June 19th 2015 #science #Friday

We apologize for the long break in CauseScience Friday, but we are bringing it BACK!

psgurel- Today I’m finishing up a cryo electron microscopy session (similar to what I’ve done before) trying to collect images of actin filaments decorated with a motor protein called myosin (you may have heard about actin and myosin before because of their role in muscle contraction)! A big part of this structural technique is to collect several images in order to get high resolution reconstructions of what you’re looking at – the problem: once you start imaging, you basically can’t stop (or else your sample will be ruined), so that means loooong hours on the microscope. On the left is a snapchat of myself looking very chipper last night, on the right is a raw image of actin with myosin, scale bar in nanometers!

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crestwind24- Today I am finishing up some experiments before I leave for the 2015 C. elegans International Meeting in Los Angeles next week. I have sent my poster for printing and I am putting together my itinerary for the conference!! I will be tweeting some cool things from the meeting, so check out @CauseScience1 or #Worm15. My picture this week is of some signs that appeared in my lab following the Tim Hunt controversy – Caution mixed gender lab. The signs were put up by an awesome grad student in the lab. #distractinglysexyfriday