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Smart Products: Bluetooth Inhalers

When I first heard about Bluetooth inhalers, I visualized some fancy, high-tech, hand-held product with lots of flashing bells and whistles. This new product turned out to not be nothing like that. It is actually an add-on device that attaches to a patient’s regular inhaler, however, it connects wirelessly to a smartphone. What peaked my … Continue reading

Her-Story: Alice Augusta Ball

  While googling another topic, I came across the research and contributions of Alice Augusta Ball, a chemist and university professor who made a significant contribution to medicine and science. In 1915, Ball worked with an assistant surgeon and U.S. Public Health officer in Hawaii to research the properties of chaulmoogra oil. Her claim to … Continue reading

Fake News Isn’t Limited to Politics – Part 1: The Rise of Misleading News

Writing a post or two on fake news was not on my schedule of topics for this blog. Fake news received significant coverage during the 2016 national presidential election. Post-election, my initials thoughts were, “There can’t be a stone that was not unturned on this topic.” Regrettably, that is not the case, and the term … Continue reading

May Day 2017 Gas Prices

May Day! May Day! May Day!  May Day is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures around the world that is often observed on May 1st. In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Worker’s Day. For 2017, workers and activists are marking this holiday with defiant rallies and … Continue reading

Breast Cancer Awareness: Some BWHS Stats and New Blood Test Clinical Trial

After five years and 300+ posts to A Bridge for Business & STEM, a blog started in 2012, I’m more than pleased that my writing has found an audience. However, whenever I am contacted by another journalist, writer, or blogger regarding one of my posts, that puts a wider smile on my face. This happened recently … Continue reading

Earth Day 2017: #MarchforScience

Today, April 22, 2017 is Earth Day! It is an annual event that began in 1970 and is now observed by hundreds of millions, if not 1 or 2 billion people around the world. According to Live Science, Earth Day started as a grassroots movement and created public support for the creation of the Environmental … Continue reading

Leaders: Common Sense MIA During United Airline Passenger Incident

By now, most of you have seen the video of a Chicago Aviation Officer dragging a passenger off of a United Airlines plane. The eviction of David Dao, a 69-year-old American doctor, from United Airlines Flight 3411 on Sunday, April 9, 2017, has prompted a massive outpouring of indignation and criticism on social media here … Continue reading

Crude Oil and Gasoline Prices Perform a Strange Dance for Spring 2017

Spring begins on Monday, March 20, 2017. Expect to be greeted by warmer weather across most of the U.S. Also expect to be greeted by a strange dance between crude oil and gasoline prices, because things are a bit wacky in this commodity market. Today’s average price for regular gasoline across the U.S. is $2.297 … Continue reading

A Question, A Problem, and a Recipe for Pi Day 2017

Pi Day is Tuesday, March 14, 2017 or 03.14.2017. Whether you are a serious math geek, a dabbler in numbers, or just a wanna-be, you’ll love Pi Day. Here in the U.S., we’ve been observing Pi Day for almost 30 years. The first Pi Day event occurred in 1988 and was hosted at the Exploratorium … Continue reading

Unconscious Bias: #NotTheNanny

What does a nanny look like? In the last two days, social media has been buzzing with a video of an interview between Professor Robert Kelly and a reporter from the BBC. It appears that Kelly is Skyping from his home office. He is providing comments on the scandal involving South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye and … Continue reading