Autism: A difference, not a disorder

by Neha Sriram – As a child I was exposed very early to the idea of autism. My mother used to volunteer at special schools, and sometimes she used to take me along to play with the children there. As I grew up, these memories have stayed with me and developed into a curiosity for neuroscience. Last year, I decided to…

In the “Land of the Rising Sun’’

by Srinivas Rao – Last month, I had the opportunity to visit one of the Northeast states of India. Northeast India comprises of eight states – the ‘Seven Sister’ states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. North East states are always a paradise on Earth, famous for their rich biodiversity, traditions, and unique culture. It was…

Exemplary Insect Motherhood

by Geetha GT – Mothers are caring, altruistic, sacrificing and were the ones who supported us to become the productive grown-ups we are today. In any case, did you realize that many insects have these qualities? A portion of these insects are fairly wonderful and their mothering senses are amazing. Here are a couple of the unbelievable moms of the…

A small break with butterflies!

by Hinal Kharva – Taking a break is really important in this busy life; I have heard that all the time.  Many of us just live with that same work schedule within a laboratory and might forget about life outside.  In my last visit to the University of Florida, I mostly remained busy with a tight experiment schedule plus a lack…

ஒரு ஊமையின் போராட்டம்: The fight of the speechless

by Santosh Rajus – A heartfelt plea in his Mother tongue for those who cannot speak for themselves. உன் பாதங்கள் வெகு தூரம் செல்லும்,  உன் காதுகளை மீறி எந்த சத்தம் செல்லும, நீ காட்டில் நடந்து வரும் ஓசை என் நெஞ்சை குளிர் அடைக்க செய்யும், மனிதன் ஒரு கோழை , உன் காட்டை அழித்து விட்டு, உன் பெருமையையும் பறித்து விட்டான், நீ தனியாக உன் காட்டிற்கு போராடினாய், உன் தோழர்கள்  உன் கண்…

Field notes from a Fly

transcribed by Gauri Gharpure – A fly’s perspective on the recent fieldwork in Sikkim where we tested our artificial flower models to check pollinators’ responses and preferences. Somewhere in Sikkim, Sometime in May 2019 “It was a usual day – the sun rose and I began to get ready for my daily tasks. It had been really cold in the…

Our Collaboration with Artists featured at the Victoria and Albert Museum!

We recently worked with Thomas Pausz and artists at Srishti School of Design in Bangalore to deconstruct the flower cues important to pollinators and understand their preferences across climates and environments. Our work together was selected as an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London showing until October 20, 2019 called “FOOD: Bigger than the Plate”! You can…

Reason and Purpose

by Shannon – Our website has been silent. We have experienced unspeakable tragedy on our little campus. First, a member of our lab met with a serious accident, but is fortunately recovering slowly. Then, just a couple of weeks later, our campus lost one of our students forever. At these times, one always seeks the answer to two questions: the reason…

Our newest paper on a skeleton key for insect olfaction!

Congratulations to Srishti Batra on her newest publication describing a well-known food favoring agent that elicits behavioral and olfactory activity across the Insects. As Srishti notes:  “this known food additive elicits a behavioral response for several insects, including mosquitoes, flies, and cockroaches. A broad-scale behaviorally active molecule non-toxic to humans thus has significant implications for health and agriculture. Coffee furanone…