This morning I was fortunate enough to attend the Women in MSE Breakfast, with a talk presented by Dr. Kathleen Buse. She spoke about how women can flourish in the STEM fields and it turns out there are a lot of things you can do to ensure your success. In fact, simply believing in your own success and the importance of your work makes you more likely to succeed.
I also saw Dr. Mariyln Minus speak about her work in utilizing nanocarbons (read: nanotubes) to impart order to collagen fibrils. Though she had previously worked mostly in the field of ballistics (!), she has translated this work to make stronger collagen fibrils that more closely resemble native collagen fibers to form suitable scaffolds for cell studies.
Girl-Power Collagen Light Sabre!
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