Mrinalini Nikrad
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At 12:19pm on August 21, 2012,
John Carter McKnight

Totally envy your work in Antarctica!  That's one of the few things left on my bucket list :)

I'm finishing up my PhD in an interdisciplinary program that's basically anthropology of technology - I've been out of the space field for about 8 years, and just got dragged back in. Looks like I'm headed for a postdoc in anthro/policy of space exploration - hoping it comes through!

At 8:58am on August 14, 2012,
John Carter McKnight

Hey! Great to cross paths after all this time!  Gotta hear about what you're doing now!

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People drink in Antarctica (oh, and everywhere else)

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

I was sent two versions of this article today that claims, in a dramatic way, that scientists are drinking way too much in Antarctica. The Wired link is below and the other one which was sent to me was on the popular "I f****** love science" Facebook page.

I have spent 3 field seasons at the smallest American…


Astrobiology: Like Wearing Academic Beer Goggles

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

By Mrinalini Nikrad, PhD.


“I am interested in Astrobiology”. When they hear that phrase, some people look amused, like I was trying to be funny. Others look at me like I’m crazy, a poor misled scientist, interested in a non-existent field and a disturbed mind (soon to use tax dollars for alien research). Sure, astrobiology sounds as far out as E.T., more like…


First Contact: NJ Middle School Students Meet Microbes Face-to-Face

Posted on February 8, 2015 at 5:30am 2 Comments

Yesterday I participated in a fun day of microbial outreach organized by the fabulous students of the Rutgers ASM (American Society for Microbiology) Graduate Student Chapter. The outreach event included about 40 students from grades 5-8, the perfect time to be exposed to real-live microbes! We started with a short Introduction to Microbes lecture by my engaging…



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