Science Sound Off

Go beyond the journal articles and into the laboratory and the field as scientists share their discoveries—in a way everyone can understand. Science, explained.

Space flight medicine

July 16, 2019

The Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, was the first time humans set foot on another world. On its 50th anniversary, a space flight medicine researcher explains what happens to the body when venturing beyond Earth.

What is positive deviance?

July 2, 2019

Jodie Gary, PhD, RN, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing, explains her research on positive deviance and how its study can help improve health care outcomes.

The aging brain

June 18, 2019

William Griffith, PhD, Regents Professor and head of the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics at the College of Medicine, shares his research on the aging brain and how the developing field of optogenetics may help us better understand brain trauma.

How chemicals mothers breathe affect their children

May 21, 2019

Natalie Johnson, PhD, assistant professor at Texas A&M School of Public Health, explains her research on pregnant women’s exposure to contaminants in the air, using both laboratory and applied methods.

Researching how to prevent PTSD after sexual assault

April 30, 2019

Nancy Downing, PhD, RN, SANE-A, CP-SANE, associate professor in the Forensic Nursing Program at the Texas A&M College of Nursing, is part of an interdisciplinary team researching how hormones may affect the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after sexual assault.

Research-backed reasons to have that colon cancer screening

March 19, 2019

March is colorectal cancer awareness month, and experts want you to know that if you're between 50 and 70, you need to get screened...and it's not as miserable as people assume. Jane Bolin, BSN, JD, PhD, the associate dean for research at the Texas A&M College of Nursing and a professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, breaks down the process.

Managing your diabetes, arthritis and more: What works

February 26, 2019

Matthew L. Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES, associate director of the Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging, explains the research-backed best ways to manage chronic diseases like diabetes and arthritis.

Genetics, and what is CRISPR anyway?

February 12, 2019

David Reiner, PhD, associate professor at the Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology, explains his genetics research, how CRISPR works and why a tiny worm can teach us about ourselves.

How does blood pressure affect the kidneys?

January 29, 2019

Joe Rutkowski, PhD, an assistant professor in the Texas A&M College of Medicine, explains his research on blood pressure and its effect on the kidneys...and vice versa.

Fall prevention

Don’t let pride go before a fall

January 15, 2019

About 3 million older adults are treated in the emergency department for fall-related injuries each year. Matthew L. Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES, associate director of the Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging, distills his research on fall prevention programs and offers some practical advice.