Elizabeth Blackburn (left) and Elissa Epel

Researchers team up to share key insights on telomeres and health

Tam on STEAM Elissa Epel, a professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco, studies how stress affects the body. There’s no shortage of advice out there about what makes a healthy lifestyle. Get regular exercise. Reduce stress. Eat whole foods. It all sounds good, but the advice is easy to ignore when you are tired […]

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Hollis Woodard, a UC Riverside entomologist, studies bumblebees in extreme environments.

How a girl who came late to science became an expert on bumblebees

Tam on STEAM Hollis Woodard sees bumblebees as the pandas of the insect world. “They are a very charismatic bee,” she said. “They are big and chunky and fuzzy. They move kind of slow, so you can watch them bumbling around. People are pretty attracted to them.” But what fascinates Woodard about bumblebees goes beyond […]

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How a daughter of immigrants became a leader in ocean and climate science

Tam on STEAM Young Ana Christina Ravelo seemed like a natural to become a scientist. Growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena, she excelled in math and science classes. She loved nature and outdoor activities. And beyond that, she had a striving, adventurous spirit inspired by her parents. “Both of my parents are […]

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How a girl from Down Under became an innovator in analyzing math models

Tam on STEAM Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications Ruth Williams really likes to solve problems. In fact, one of her favorite sayings is, “I eat problems for breakfast.” Part of the appeal of math problems, she explained, is that there are two sides to solving them. Growing up in Australia, she was especially […]

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