Eat (y)our plastics!

Can plastic-degrading bacteria help us to get rid of all that plastic waste?

The world has a pretty heavy plastic problem. Since the invention of plastic in the late 19th century, more than 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste have been globally generated—almost one ton per person currently living on Earth. Even more shockingly, 80 percent of it has ended up in landfills, or worse, in the environment as litter,

Negotiations between Elsevier and the UC: a fight over open access

In February 2019, negotiations to renew an $11 million-a-year contract between the University of California (UC) and the academic publisher Elsevier ended, leaving researchers and students UC-wide without any official access to Elsevier’s upcoming publications. The giant Elsevier publishes around 20 percent of the natural and medical sciences articles in more than 2,500 journals, including

Understanding the Mechanics: An Interview with Grace O’Connell

This article is part of STEMinism in the Spotlight, a monthly interview series. I was lucky to meet Grace O’Connell through a research project analyzing differences in audience participation during academic job talks based on gender and race of the presenter. Grace is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at UC Berkeley. Her research