News from the scientific world

Welcome everybody!

With the new year came a lot of new year’s resolutions and, among those, I finally took courage and decided to open my own personal blog. That is why I will use this first post to briefly introduce myself and what I would like to achieve with this blog. So, let me start with the easy stuff: my name is Elisa, I come from Italy and I am currently a Neuroscience PhD student in Germany. As many of my fellow colleagues and friends around the world, every time we talk about our lives and projects we are currently working on, we all complain and struggle to make things to fit into places in order to get the desired “Philosophiae Doctor” before our full names. I therefore decided to put my thoughts in order and, to do so, I would like to use this blog to help me keeping track of what I have been doing so far.

Writing one post each week, I would like to share my scientific career path with you and hopefully add a “science” related matter, question or oddity, forasmuch as we would like to ignore science, it is everywhere around us and it rules our lives. I hope you all could enjoy following my stories and fun episodes that drove me through this point in my life. I will end my first “sweet and short” post with a quote from the Italian Nobel Prize winner Rita Levi-Montalcini:

“Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.” — Rita Levi-Montalcini.

“Italian silhouette at dawn”, a view of the Italian coast line dividing the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Sea (2017).

“Science Related Fact” (SRF):

Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012) is an Italian Neurologist and Nobel Prize winner. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986, along with colleague Stanley Cohen, for the discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF) . From 2001 until her death, she also served in the Italian Senate as a Senator for Life. To my eye, she represents the perfect example of strength and commitment, that we should always have while doing research: she underwent through two World Wars (and as a Jew she had to struggle especially through the second one), studied and worked in the United States and Brazil and then got back to Italy. She then kept on working and being politically and scientifically active until the very end, when she died at the age of 103 years old in her home in Rome.

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