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Stories by Katie McKissick

Halloween Science Costumes

A Halloween costume based on antibiotic resitance went viral. What other scary science Halloween costumes can we dream up?

October 7, 2015 — Katie McKissick

We Are All Broken

How Mariette Marinus turned a meditation on suffering into a series of animal characters
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July 29, 2015 — Katie McKissick

Battling the Burnout Monster

It happens to everyone, supposedly. You're being productive. You're working hard. You feel like you're moving forward, but it feels laborious, like you're going upstream. And then, suddenly (or not so suddenly), you run out of steam, hit a wall, fall on your ass...

July 10, 2015 — Katie McKissick

Is the next antibiotic just sitting on a shelf?

I recently did a comic for a non-profit called CO-ADD. Based at the Universtiy of Queensland in Australia, this effort asks chemists to send in compounds they’ve developed and for free, CO-ADD will screen them for antibiotic properties...

June 22, 2015 — Katie McKissick

Learning Anatomy with Candy

Medical student Michael McCormick makes diagrams of organs, tissues, and molecules made from candies, cookies, and fruit as candyanatomy on Instagram. ...

May 31, 2015 — Katie McKissick

Science Hobbies

I recently got a job at NASA writing content for students on websites like Space Place. Luckily for me, astronomy is one of the easiest subjects to get people excited about. I mean, who doesn't like outer space and stars and comets and asteroids and—there is so much cool stuff!...

May 19, 2015 — Katie McKissick
Science Board Games, SciArt in the Crowd Edition

Science Board Games, SciArt in the Crowd Edition

I love playing board games, and my favorites are ones that involve science in some way. I’m always on the lookout for crowdfunding campaigns for science board games, as it’s a great combination of science art and science communication...

April 9, 2015 — Katie McKissick
Tube Worm Thoughts

Tube Worm Thoughts

On the heels of science art about how “we all eat the sun,” I was thinking about the few exceptions to that rule. As my high school biology teacher would often say, “Always and never are never true in biology!” But when the ecosystems surrounding hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean were discovered [...]..

April 3, 2015 — Katie McKissick
We All Eat the Sun; Content-Rich Science Art

We All Eat the Sun; Content-Rich Science Art

I talked about the art of Rachel Ignotofsky a while back after I found out about her amazing work featuring famous (and should-be-famous!) women in science — a series she continues to expand...

March 30, 2015 — Katie McKissick
Gardening Friends and Crocodile Meals

Gardening Friends and Crocodile Meals

While I was digging in the garden over the weekend, I made lots of new friends. Whether they liked it or not. Was digging around in the garden today, much to the surprise of the local earthworms, rolie polies, ants, and spiders...

March 18, 2015 — Katie McKissick
“New Beginnings” in Comic Form

“New Beginnings” in Comic Form

Here at Symbiartic, we’re exploring themes from the perspectives of a fine artist (Glendon), a scientific illustrator (Kalliopi), and a science comic (moi).

February 25, 2015 — Katie McKissick
Crowdsourcing Women in Science and Engineering

Crowdsourcing Women in Science and Engineering

I could statistic you to death about how women are still underrepresented in science and engineering, but let me just give you this one about what dismal progress we're making: between 2000 and 2011, the proportion of science and engineering bachelor's degrees awarded to women remained flat...

February 23, 2015 — Katie McKissick
Viral Inspiration

Viral Inspiration

Exactly three weeks ago I started feeling awful. It’s been 21 days of a viral roller coaster — getting better, feeling worse, coughing, bruising ribs (from all the coughing), getting sick of cough drops, and running out of tissues...

January 30, 2015 — Katie McKissick
Naked Mole Rat Self-Esteem

Naked Mole Rat Self-Esteem

January is weird. We make resolutions (or at least are told we should be doing so) with the aim of bettering ourselves, and we’re marketed a slew of diets, fitness club memberships, and exercise equipment to lose our holiday weight, so it all takes on a negative tone pretty fast...

January 7, 2015 — Katie McKissick
I Am a Tired Koala

I Am a Tired Koala

Finishing up 2014 is really exhausting me. Running holiday errands all over the place. The sun sets annoying early (for us northern hemispherians).

December 17, 2014 — Katie McKissick
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