The Lasker Essay Contest invites young scientists to discuss the big questions in science, and the role of biomedical research in our society today. This year they asked participants to use at least one specific example to propose ways in which breakthroughs in biomedical research can be made part of the daily global dialogue, so that a much wider public become better informed and more supportive of biomedical research endeavors. They received 300 essays from all around the world. Essays were judged on the innovation of ideas and the writing style.
Tammy Tran, a PhD candidate in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Program, was recently named the 2017 Lasker Essay Contest Second Place Winner for her essay: Essay: Science is everywhere: unexpected science encounters in the course of everyday life
Originally from Los Angeles, Tran earned her Bachelor of Science with honors in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on studying the neural mechanisms underlying memory function in young adults. As a graduate student, she was awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. She uses functional neuroimaging to investigate changes in memory function in aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
We congratulate Tammy Tran on her achievement in science communication!