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Postcard from the Field: Yukon

Sarah in front of Mt. Logan on the St. Elias ice fields.

Me in front of Mt. Logan on the St. Elias ice fields.

I'm working in the Kluane region of the Yukon Territory in Canada. I research the behavioral ecology and evolution of North American red squirrels as part of the collaborative Kluane Red Squirrel Project. Our field site is close to the largest non-polar icefields in North America. I had the opportunity to land on the icefields and see the tallest mountain in Canada, Mt. Logan.

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Postcard from the Field: Nicaragua

A view of Masaya Volcano, one of Nicaragua's many active volcanoes.

A view of Masaya Volcano, one of Nicaragua's many active volcanoes.

I am studying the relationship between the upper respiratory tract microbiota and influenza infection. This summer, I worked with the Centro Nacional de Diagnóstico y Referencia at the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health to extract genomic DNA from an ongoing household influenza. My research was funded by the Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant.

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Meet the Bloggers: Deanna Montgomery

Hi there! My name is Deanna, and like many of you, I spend a lot of time pretending I have it all together.

I’m a third-year Ph.D. student in Medicinal Chemistry - and no, you’re not the first person to ask me what that means. My short answer is “chemistry as applied to drug discovery.” My long answer includes phrases like “organic synthesis” and “it depends who you ask.”

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