Neuroscience on the brain

By Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. OHSU is filled with all sorts of brainy people, ranging from your local faculty superstar who is a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator to hardworking...

Developmental biology in action

By Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. For those of you who don’t know me, I am an uber nerd. I love graphs, am conversant with Star Trek and Star Wars, and was even a Mathlete in high school. (Amazingly enough,...

The Eye of the Tiger and OHSU Research Week

By Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. Any of you ever watch The Big Bang Theory? For the uninitiated, The Big Bang Theory is a sitcom that documents the lives of physicist Sheldon, fellow physicist Leonard,...

The heart of the university

Written by Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library” – Jorge Luis Borges Jorge Luis Borges was an influential Spanish American novelist, perhaps...

Dr. Amazing and collaboration in science

Written by Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. There are many things that inspire me here at OHSU; most recently, I’ve been utterly amazed by the social behavior of drunk prairie voles. Wha….? Okay, a...

Must-read: “The DNA Book”

Written by Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. What’s on your must-read list? High on mine is Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves by Harvard professor George Church. It hit...

Chemical free

Written by Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. Recent appearances by a large glowing ball of yellow in the sky have prompted me to get a new bottle of sunscreen. An undisclosed number of years ago, I studied the...

Personal statement

Written by Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. Fall is swiftly approaching, and with it comes a new crop of students*.  It...

It’s a circus out there

By Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Portland premiere of Cirque du Soliel’s Ovo. It is an inspired performance that incorporates acrobats,...

Heartbreaking works of staggering genius

By Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. Hello there – my name is Jackie, and I am the Biomedical Science Specialist and Assistant Professor at the OHSU Library.  Sounds pretty impressive, doesn’t it?  I...