Category Archives: ScienceWire

Sharpe: Brain Deep

Deep_brain_stimulationAn effective Parkinson’s therapy, writes Elizabeth Sharpe, involves installing electrodes, wires, and a battery in a patient’s head and chest. Sounds drastic, but in UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, Elizabeth (@ebsharpe) writes that deep brain stimulation works for some patients. To illustrate, she tells how this therapy changed the life of a University of Washington neurotoxicology professor with Parkinson’s.

Engel and Tompa: Hutch Stars

300px-Star-.svgThey’re not great female scientists, write Rachel Tompa and Mary Engel about six up-and-coming new investigators—they’re just plain great scientists. In a feature for Hutch Magazine, Rachel (@Rachel_Tompa) and Mary (@Engel140) talk to new women faculty members at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center about their professional and personal lives and how to excel at both.

Keown: Immunotherapy Answers

Joe Biden - Fred HutchThe vice president has questions, Susan Keown has answers. Joe Biden recently visited Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as part of the National Cancer Moonshot initiative. Ahead of his visit, Susan (@sejkeown), writing for Hutch News, asked experts six questions about immunotherapy—a promising, growing, but still developing cancer treatment that Vice President Biden called “revolutionary.” photo: Robert Hood/Fred Hutch News Service

Tachibana: Giraffe Uproar

MariusWhere do baby giraffes come from? Chris Tachibana reports, in The Scientist, that at Danish zoos, they result from relatively unrestricted breeding. In contrast, U.S. zoos tend to contracept (yes, it’s a word) their animals. @ChrisTachibana also discovered Scandinavian-American differences in attitudes about kids and what they should do on school break. More at

McElroy: How Little Ones Learn

kamuelaboy.file0001324537369What goes on in a baby’s head? asks Molly McElroy. Out of professional and maternal curiosity, Molly (@mwmcelroy) checks out the research on infant learning in a story for the University of Washington alumni magazine Columns. Basic research, outreach, policy development and even imaging for squirmy babies—it’s all happening at the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS). photo: kamuelaboy