An Orwellian Dystopia and a Terrible Disease

February 3rd, 2017|Blog|

Recent events have led to a large increase in the sales (and possibly reading) of "1984" by George Orwell with his highly charged description of a dystopia set in the future. Orwell wrote a number of books that have remained powerful [...]

Leprosy: Final Steps Remain

January 28th, 2017|Blog|

The road to visit leprosy patients in the Philippines can be arduous. As the last Sunday of the first month of 2017 arrives, World Leprosy Day serves as a reminder that this ‘ancient’ disease still exists. By [...]

IDRI’s 5th Annual Gift Guide for Geeks

December 19th, 2016|Blog|

Haven’t had time to shop for a holiday gift for the geek on your list? Never fear – IDRI scientists have stepped in again to help you find the perfect present for your favorite geek. We’re pleased to share with [...]

The Role of a Mentor: Paying It Forward

December 6th, 2016|Blog|

As a young girl growing up in Trinidad, it was easy to fall through the cracks. At a time when boys were encouraged to pursue science and girls were politely pushed in other directions, I could have easily missed out [...]

The Role Rainier Beer Played in IDRI’s Founding

August 22nd, 2016|Blog|

NOTE: This month, IDRI is celebrating its 23rd anniversary. The photo below shows founder Steve Reed, with a small sign pointing to the original IDRI site, sandwiched between a video store and a pizza joint on Nickerson Street in Seattle. [...]

The Brexit Impact on Science

July 1st, 2016|Blog|

I don’t normally write about politics, but last week something momentous happened in my home country that intersects with the world of science. It has been a week since the United Kingdom voted in favor of “Brexit” - a surprise result [...]

What’s on Your Summer Science Reading List?

June 28th, 2016|Blog|

What’s on your reading list for this summer? We posed that question to IDRI employees – focused on books related to science or technology – and got some interesting answers. Take a look – you might want to add these [...]

Empowering Developing Countries Through Tech Transfer

June 10th, 2016|Blog|

Here’s a daunting question: what is your proudest work-related accomplishment? When that question was posed to me at a recent Washington Global Health Alliance dinner, several answers came to mind, but I landed on one specific example because it best [...]

From Virtual to Face-to-Face

May 25th, 2016|Blog|

These days scientific collaborations can move along with phone calls and emails, but there’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned face-to-face meeting to keep things moving. The American Association of Immunologists annual meeting was in Seattle last weekend (where [...]

Biking for the Health of It

May 11th, 2016|Blog|

Bike Everywhere Month—the new, more ambitious Bike to Work Month—is now under way with IDRI riding along. We’ve kicked off May 2016 with a bike safety seminar and discussion of safe routes, along with a breakfast rally to get us [...]

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