How is it Friday already? It’s late night and I’m still in lab and slightly freaking out because I’m not sure I really checked anything off my to do list this week. At least not research-wise which sometimes feels like the only thing that matters. I also have a May 2nd deadline for something I am not sure I can complete and I am overdue on a report for my thesis committee. Although they haven’t bothered me about it yet…

What are you up to this weekend?

The weather tomorrow looks nice so my roommate and I plan on going on a local hike on the island. Then I will pop into lab for a bit to run a gel that I should have ran days ago. And then I am telling myself it is okay to go to the city and have a movie night with my new boo (random thought: did boo come about because people couldn’t figure out how to spell/pronounce beau?) It was probably a bad idea to start dating someone that is an hour away while trying to finish my PhD but then again dating and doing anything during your PhD kind of feels like a bad idea. Actually dating even without grad school kind of feels like a bad idea. But dating my current boo does not seem like a bad idea because they are actually really fantastic! Then Sunday, I need to write, write, write.

Anyway, here are my round up of links for the week.

The House has passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act [Vox] Please call your senators and tell them to pass this bill! If you don’t have your senator’s number handy you can call 202-499-6085 and provide your zipcode and they will connect you.

The GWISE blog did a nice spotlight of me on their blog for my AAUW award. Thanks ladies!

So far, 5,800 fully vaccinated people have caught Covid anyway in US, CDC says [CNN Health] I’m not sharing this to scare you, most of the breakthrough cases were asymptomatic. I’m sharing this to encourage you to still wear your mask and take precautions even if you are vaccinated. Not to mention we still don’t know the risks of long COVID…

Scientists haven’t figured out long Covid. Here are 5 of their best hypotheses. [Vox]

More young people are getting hospitalized as a ‘stickier,’ more infectious coronavirus strain becomes dominant [CNN Health]

The Blood-Clot Problem Is Multiplying: So are theories to explain it [The Atlantic]

Why is it so hard to review the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Data. [MIT Technology Review]

Lack of Data on Covid-19 Vaccines and Periods Inspired Two Feminist Scientists to Learn More [Elemental]

The COVID-19 vaccine and menstrual irregularities [Vagenda Substack] This is run by Dr. Jen Gunter, who I absolutely adore when it comes to women’s health

9 reasons why you should be doing science communication [Soph Talks Science]

Making Time to Think [How to Write a PhD in a Hundred Steps (or More)] “[T]he acts of reading and thinking are not quite as stress-less and straightforward as some may think.” Yes, yes, so much yes to this statement. “This invisibility to the outside may mean that we struggle to really make time for it and protect that time. We want to rush ahead to the parts that are visible.” Oh no, I am in this post and I don’t like it.

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