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The Broader Impacts Group humanizes science. We are a student-run volunteer organization, and we want to bring the things that fascinate us beyond our peers.


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Recent Blog Posts

Realize That You’ve Gotten Better

By Alia Hidayat | April 24, 2020

Written by: Suzanna Clark   In my first year of graduate school, my advisor told me, “It doesn’t get easier, you just get better.”   After a quick google search, I realized that this quote is not original. There are countless blog posts and inspirational pictures centered around it, usually in the context of either…

Combating a coral disease disaster with in-the-field DNA sequencing

By Alia Hidayat | April 3, 2020

Written by Cynthia Becker   In the last six years, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) has been taking over the reefs of Florida and the Caribbean. This disease originated near Miami, Florida, and has since traveled the entire extent of the Florida Reef Tract, down along the entire Mexican Caribbean Coast, and out to…

A Guide to Carbon Offsets: a dose of hope and skepticism

By Alia Hidayat | March 27, 2020

Written by: Alia Hidayat   The science is clear. Climate change is happening, and it is critical that we act soon to prevent its worst effects. What’s less clear, however, is what we do about it. If you, like me, are easily overwhelmed by the news and are tied to long carbon-heavy plane or car…

First Descent: Thoughts, Feelings, and Memories from My Dive in Alvin

By Alia Hidayat | March 9, 2020

Written by: Lauren Dykman   There’s a sense of finality as Alvin Pilot Bruce Strickrott closes and secures the hatch: for the next nine hours, we will have nothing but what we carry sealed inside. Looking out the viewports, I see the ocean and rising sun beyond the fantail, and the chase boat floating in…

Black History Month Series 2020: Emmett Chappelle

By Alia Hidayat | February 28, 2020

Written by: Rebecca Chmiel Emmett Chappelle was born in October 1925 in Phoenix, Arizona when it was still a small agricultural city; (consider: Arizona before widespread air conditioning). Not a stranger to segregation, Chappelle attended primary school in an all-black 1-room schoolhouse, then high school at an all-black Phoenix public school, where he was top…