Writing

I write for several blogs on topics related to science and academia. See below for my most recently published pieces.

Duke’s COVID-19 response reflects a broader disregard for graduate students

Duke University’s response to COVID-19 has left many with unanswered questions. The lack of information betrays a disconnect between Duke administration and the realities of day-to-day life for Duke’s diverse graduate student body.

Physicists Say Grad Students Exist In Superposition Of Both “Student” And “Worker” Until University Administration Decides What’s Most Convenient

Physicists have long debated whether grad students are students or workers. A new study may finally put this debate to rest.

Small intestine bacteria open fiber-rich food pantry to feed broke student’s starving colonic bacteria

Like 95% of Americans, Ingram’s daily fiber intake does not meet the recommended minimum, causing trillions of bacteria in his gut to go hungry each day.

Doing good with your degree

Training doctoral students in moral reasoning would both benefit trainees in their own career development and have broader impacts on academic climate and culture.

Evaluating the probiotic capacity of beer

A slew of recent articles claimed that certain strong beers contain probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. As a homebrewing microbiologist, I took a dive into the literature on beer to assess these claims.

How does the Paleo diet impact gut health?

Whose diet is healthier: yours, or your hunter-gatherer ancestors’ a million years ago?