PhDogs and their Graduate Students (Part 1)

Buckle up for some #wholesomeAF content. I’m so excited to share the first installment of our series on how dogs can enrich one’s experience in graduate school. Really, none of us deserve how good dogs are, but we try to be worthy of their affection. Read on for three stories of doggos who deserve honorary degrees.

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Sweet Link ParTEA (December 2018 & January 2019)

Lots of great reads to share from the past two months. You may have noticed that it’s quite cold around the country right now. We’ve compiled some great readings to perfectly compliment an evening in a cozy blanket fort with a hot cocoa and those fuzzy socks you told your mom you didn’t need but are now so glad to have!

A great graphic to help you understand the polar vortex (or useful for explaining to friends and family!)

I love articles that take you along on the research journey. NatGeo Open Explorer and wildlife biologist Tyus Williams shares their experiences in the field in Belize as they use remote sensor camera traps to study jaguar movement and habitat patterns.

I don’t know if you can see the headline “The Strange Nature of the First Printed Illustration of a Sloth” without clicking to see. It’s definitely quite hilarious but still adorable. Bonus: there’s also an entire informative article with the illustration!

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Eco-Inspirations: Homemade Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a grad student’s best friend. Raise your hand if you’ve got a big ol’ jar of it at your desk. Raise the other if you’ve ever eaten it straight out of the jar with a spoon (or your hand, Winnie the Pooh style, we don’t judge). It’s there when we’re stressed. It’s there when we need a bit of extra fuel. It’s especially there when we’ve got an apple that needs a nice glob of PB on every bite. Peanut butter definitely deserves a shout out in my thesis acknowledgements.

Peanut butter as it’s meant to be is quite healthy (low cabs, high healthy fats, etc). It can become problematic when companies add sugar, excessive sodium, full or partially hydrogenated oils, or even non-hydrogenated oils like palm oil. It’s also often packaged in plastic. As part of my efforts to live a healthier lifestyle for me and our planet, I started searching for products that had limited ingredients and came packaged in glass. You may have guessed these were a bit more expensive! The game changer for my husband and I came with the purchase of a new, mondo-powerful blender! We’d tried making our own peanut butter before and nearly destroyed our hand-me-down blender.

But now there’s no holding us back. Our homemade peanut butter is way more delicious than store-bought. We find the ingredients in bulk and in glass so there’s no plastic waste. If you’d like to try and make your own you can follow the general recipe below. Get creative! Let us know how it goes!

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