Consider Adding Data-Science Skills to Your Biologist’s Toolbox
BY CRAIG MYRUM, NIA
Think back to when you still had a basic cell phone. You could make calls, you could text, you could play some games. It got the job done. When you got your first smart phone, its capabilities probably seemed endless. How could you possibly go back to your “dumb” phone now?
NEWS FROM AND ABOUT THE SCIENTIFIC INTEREST GROUPS
The Light Microscopy Interest Group focuses on cutting-edge research in light fluorescence microscopy; the new Scientia et Philosophia Interest Group seeks to foster and expand the knowledge about the philosophical foundations of the scientific endeavor.
Automated video-based monitoring of laboratory mouse behavior is getting more efficient thanks to a team of NIH researchers led by Ghadi Salem, a staff scientist in the Signal Processing and Instrumentation Section (SPIS) at NIH’s Center for Information Technology. The new “System for Continuous Observation of Rodents in Home-cage Environment” (SCORHE) is composed of custom video-acquisition and analysis tools that can quantify mice activity and behavior for short and long (multi-day) durations while the mice are housed within a typical home-cage.
This drawing of an olfactory bulb is one of seven newly arrived original drawings by Spanish scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, who shared the 1906 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in recognition of his work on the structure of the nervous system.
Congratulations to Yasmine Belkaid who has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for 2017. She explores the field of immune regulation and has defined fundamental mechanisms that regulate tissue homeostasis and host immune responses.