Saturday, February 28, 2015

Happy birthday Chris G.!

Here's wishing you a very happy birthday and a year full of successful experimentation in the wild, wondrous world of herpes.  For your birthday, the UW MSTP would like to offer you something a little bit different:

(No, no herpes songs or birthday cakes.  We're a little classier than that, Chris G.) 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Plants Get So Much Attention, But What About Fungi?

Everyone learns that plants are an important part of 
the ecosystem vital for functions such as food production, 
water filtration, and generating the oxygen we breath. 
But somehow fungi always get a little cheated in that
discussion. Check out this video from 
the fungarium at Kew gardens for a cool look at 
one of the world's more impressive fungi collections
 and learn a little more about these natural recyclers. 

Video brought to you by Youtube. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Happy birthday Peter C.!

Here's wishing you a very merry birthday and a successful rest of the first half of medical school!

The UW MSTP does not recommend fretting about boards at this time, but just in case you're insistent on getting a jump on these things, here's a little refresher on human anatomy:

(Full disclosure: While we're, like, 90 percent sure the spleen isn't a secret male uterus, the UW MSTP blog hasn't been in medical school for quite some time.) 

Happy birthday Laura T.!

Have a fantastic day and an excellent year!  For your birthday, the UW MSTP blog offers you this delightful cake:

(We were considering sticking with a science theme, but pulmonology cakes are just so much less adorable.)  We hope this year brings you successful Western blot upon successful Western blot!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy birthday Mitch B.!

Here's wishing you a wonderful day and a year full of scientific success!

The UW MSTP blog hopes you enjoy this picture of a delicious cake that probably only you will enjoy:
(We're not entirely sure why Santa Claus is on it, but it's literally a cake made out of kimchi, so we're not going to argue.)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Lunar New Year!

The Blog of the UW MSTP wishes you a 
Happy Lunar New Year! 

It's the year of the sheep 
(or goat, depending on your traditions and translations). 

So why not some sheep cake pops? 
Cute AND tasty! 

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Final MSTP Recruiting Weekend of the Season Starts Tomorrow!

We're hosting 16 bright young men and women for our last
interview weekend of the season tomorrow. 

Hello, recruits! Can't wait to meet you all! 

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Who Knew? Clearly Not Our Grade School Teachers

It's Monday -- back to work and back to school. 
But, it turns out that not everything you learn in 
school is 100% accurate. Did your grade school 
teachers ever try and teach you one of these 
common misconceptions as fact? 

Video brought to you by Youtube. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Congratulations to Our MSTP Associate Director Mark B.!

Mark was awarded tenure here at UW Madison just 
over a week ago. Way to go, Mark! Now you can 
carry on with your dreams of mad scientisting without
fear of judgement, poverty, or not getting tenure. :] 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day from the UW MSTP!

Remember, these comforting words can apply to both singles and non-singles 
alike today. There are plenty of significant others out there who may or may 
not be as awesome as lunch.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Shrimp Purses

Taken at Sa Bai Thong, a popular spot
for Thai food just down the hill from
the hospital/HSLC complex. 

Photo credit: Brittany Y.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Happy birthday Jorge!

Hope you're having a wonderful day, and here's to an excellent second half of your second year! 

The UW MSTP blog heard from one of our many anonymous sources that you have a secret dream.  A dream of going on a legitimate bear hunt, as befits a man who is now of the Frozen North.  Well, the UW MSTP blog hears you, Jorge. We support your dream. And, for your birthday, we offer you this training video:

We believe in you, Jorge. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

At My Own Annual Physical During Med 3 Year

Haha, clearly we are kidding. Med 3 students have neither the
time nor the control over where they will physically be 
stationed during their rotations to be able to schedule and 
show up to a routine doctor's appointment. (But don't worry, 
they definitely have plenty of time for other forms of 
self care, such as making smoothies and doing yoga
and telling anyone within listening distance how much 
running they've been doing lately.)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

They Must Know A Lot About Trains

Another local license plate bursting with UW pride. 

Photo Credit: Brittany Y.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015


One of Laura F.'s two cats. 
He's on yer table, guardin' yer CD.

Photo credit: Douglas B. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sound Suggestions

The weather forecast suggested that it might be particularly cold 
out there today, so here are some helpful suggestions*
from the internet on ways to keep warm! 

*Disclaimer: The UW MSTP is not responsible for the consequences of any actions taken in an attempt to follow the advice of clearly face science.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015


The Blog of the UW MSTP would like to say
CONGRATULATIONS to Chelsea H. (and husband BJ), 
who gave birth to baby Quinn a week ago today. 

Chelsea, you are now not only an adult but also a parent! 
Remember to use your powers for good. 

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Super Slow Mo Spaghetti

There are quite a few cooks in the UW MSTP. 
Here's a video for those out there who have ever noticed
(but perhaps not been able to explain) this strange characteristic 
of one of the most popular pastas in America. 

Video brought to you by Youtube. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

MSTP Model of the Month

Just in time for February, here's our first ever MSTP Model of the Month! 

Featuring our very own Drew S. modeling Small Chair. 

Photo credit: Layla B.