Hivers win chemistry department awards

One of our former managing editors, Lauren Fleming (left photo), was awarded the E.K.C. Lee fellowship award from the Chemistry department at the Edward K. C. Lee Lecture and Award Dinner on May 22, 2019. The award is given “to support an outstanding student in chemistry” for their research accomplishments. She

Victoria speaks at high school awards dinner

Victoria Lim was selected to give the keynote presentation at the 56th annual Orange County American Chemical Society high school awards dinner on May 21, 2019. This awards dinner honored high school students in Orange County who excelled in their first year chemistry exams, Chemistry Olympiad competitions, and Science Olympiad

Survival of the Loudest

Who’s tough enough to survive on ….The Voice?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Animals must compete for food, mates, and other resources to win the survival race. The successful ones tend to be larger or more physically formidable than their opponents. But size can

“Explained by Nerds”

What exactly is slime? Is activated charcoal the solution to all your health problems? Check out the answers on the YouTube channel, Explained by Nerds! This short video series is produced by one of our hivers, Krista Fruehauf, and award-winning science communicator Megan Newcomb. Their goal is to explain the

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Spiders

The itsy-bitsy spider… grew bigger in its cozy nest! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Dogs, cows and humans all nurse their young. But ever wonder how SPIDERS nourish their babies? YIKES! Zhanqi Chen from the Chinese Academy of Sciences investigated a species of jumping

Hivers slam dunk at Grad Slam

Four of our very own ascend the ranks at UC Irvine Grad Slam! Contestants are challenged to explain the blood, sweat, and tears of their graduate research in just THREE minutes. The winner goes on to compete in the system-wide competition among all the Universities of California. This year, Karen

Mind Over Molecules

Which is more powerful? Nature or nurture? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying – what about “mind control?” Some aspects of our physiology and personality are encoded by our genes. And we know that environmental factors are also important. Bradley Turnwald and colleagues at

Guilty Pleasures

Hark! Is that the ice cream truck I hear? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Trips are fun — but guilt trips are not! Guilt shapes much of our actions, for better or worse. But can we control those guilty feelings? Kristen Duke and On

Revenge on the Brain

An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.  Can science help? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your brain has specialized regions to handle various tasks. For example, your hippocampus is involved in memory processing.  But how does the brain handle situations of

Telephone Champs

Who’s better at playing telephone – Schroeder or Charlie Brown? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Playing telephone – it’s tricky! You swear you heard that you won a new Toyota. Sorry – that’s a new toy YODA! Yun Nan from Beijing Normal University tested