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April 24, 2014

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1:27 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Kristy Boyer
Editor’s note: This is an entry in an ongoing series of posts that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. This submission comes from Kristy Boyer, an assistant professor of computer science at NC
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1:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘Stats were good’
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12:00 PM | Ant foraging diversity: a simple and elegant explanation
Science can be creative and elegant. To illustrate this fact, I want to bring to your attention a groundbreaking review paper that was recently published in Myrmecological News, written by Michele Lanan of the University of Arizona. Usually the terms “groundbreaking” and “review paper” aren’t paired with one another. Review papers usually codify existing ideas, propose some new […]
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘too far’
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10:16 AM | Meet the Mendeley Operations team!
The Mendeley Operations Team helps keep the Mendeley offices going. From providing us with delicious snacks and awesome parties, to hiring great team members and facilitating interesting projects, this team is at the heart of Mendeley’s collaborative culture. This is a perfect time to meet the Mendeley Operations Team, as there is also a chance […]
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9:32 AM | Music Therapy
As you both know I have been followed around by the Black Dog for quite some time, and am currently on some fairly strong bongo juice as well as seeing an expanding retinue of brain-care specialists. Most nights I have … Continue reading →
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4:04 AM | DOG LOVERS SHOW GIVEAWAY
We've got 5 double passes to giveaway to the Dog Lovers Show in Melbourne! Just comment below to let us know what you'd like most to see at the show and we'll nominate our favourite responses by the end of Sunday 27 April 2014.  This giveaway is also open to responses received via our Facebook and Twitter community.THE BIGGEST DOG EVENT IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE RETURNS TO MELBOURNEAustralia’s largest and most comprehensive event dedicated to educating, informing and […]

April 23, 2014

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10:30 PM | School Choice and Neighborhood Community in Washington, D.C.
Yesterday afternoon, New America hosted a panel of experts for a discussion of school choice in Washington, D.C. It took Sam Chaltain’s recent book, Our School: Searching For Community in the Era of Choice, as a jumping off point for a productive conversation about education policies that are too often polarized. Here’s a bit of background on the book: For Our School, Sam spent a year “embedded” in two D.C. elementary schools. One is a traditional district […]
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9:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘Planet of the Apes’
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7:45 PM | Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #411
The fieldwork don’t matter if you don’t tell people about it. Preferably through a strongly vetted process of statistical inquiry followed by equally strong peer-review. Publications: they’re important. I know this is not news to any of us in the academic realm, but it may be for those of you out there who are a little less familiar with field biology. ‘Publish or perish’ isn’t just bland pabulum, it’s the truth about any academic endeavor. And so, dear […]
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6:32 PM | Nontraditional Animal Models—The Ground Squirrel
We still talk about guinea pigs as experimental subjects yet you'd have a hard time finding one in a modern research laboratory. Guinea pigs were first used in biomedical research in the late 19th century, playing a major role in establishing the germ theory, identifying pathogens, linking vitamin C insufficiency to scurvy, and modeling diabetes and pre-eclampsia. The guinea pig metaphor lives on but today, mice, rats, fruit flies, nematodes, and zebrafish dominate as model animals. But there […]
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5:01 PM | "Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and..."
“Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt. Taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make our food system healthier.” - Michael Pollan, from Cooked. The book examines the basic elements of cooking. The simple act of cooking can connect us in many different ways.
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4:47 PM | Meet our April Advisor of the Month!
Congratulations and thank you to Godfred Darko! Godfred is not only a fairly new Advisor, but a fairly new user of Mendeley. However, he has dived right into the role and impressed us with his energy. It’s not just the nearly two dozen workshops and seminars he has organized since becoming an Advisor two months […]
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4:23 PM | Return on investment in faculty rarely captured by university CFOs
“Mr. President, We are not employees of the university. We are the university.” With these words, Isidore Rabi, a distinguished faculty member at Columbia University, interrupted Dwight Eisenhower, who had started off a speech by addressing the faculty as “employees … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘come to this’
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3:00 PM | “Sallie Mae, Pay Off My Tuition, Please…”
I have to confess to a weakness for people who specialize in taking pop culture ideas and using them to express really nerdy policy problems. Even more awesome is when the particularly nerdy policy idea also happens to impact actual young people. And thus, actress Chanel Carroll has given the world "Tuition," a parody of Beyonce’s “Partition.” The original video reflected a standard pop culture sex-and-dancing theme, with a particular focus on the expression of female […]
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2:25 PM | Isolation Kills.
One of the things I hungered for, when in the final stages of my drinking, was isolation. I just wanted to be alone. Alone with my alcohol. I sat in the bath. I drank. I read terrible books. And I cut myself. There is a kind of toxic majesty to sliding as deeply as possible […]
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1:06 PM | Click. Click. CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK
Tis that time of year.... Both the IOS and DEB directorates of NSF are poised to notify people about their preproposals. If you get a denial letter, you're SOL until next January (unless you can submit a CAREER) and if you get invited to write a full proposal you best get started. Most of the […]
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11:30 AM | Guest post: A career as an ecologist at a governmental agency
Note from Meg: This post is an email interview I conducted with Dr. Wendy Morrison.* Wendy works for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). I know her from when she was a PhD student at Georgia Tech, and … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘don’t be thinking’
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10:00 AM | World Malaria Day: a reason to celebrate
In the spirit of World Malaria Day on 25th April, Anna Ashton takes a look at progress on a cure for malaria. Since the turn of the millennium, the number of deaths caused by malaria has been cut by a quarter worldwide. This is an impressive figure, but the battle is far from over. Despite …
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10:00 AM | What is open access?
This is the first in a series of posts in which we go into more detail about some of the concepts that F1000Research is based on. In this first instalment, we look at open access. What is open access exactly? And what are some common misconceptions about open access? A short history of open access [...]
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9:28 AM | Every time you publish behind a paywall, a kitten dies.
“Every day, people are denied access to something they have a right to.” That’s the opening line from a new appeal from students Joe McArthur and David Carroll. Open Access describes a form of publication of research where articles are made instantly available for free, and with unlimited reusability rights, as long as the source […]
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3:30 AM | OYM 31: LRRKing around Ribosomes
The OYM team has been face to face with reality this week.  Adel’s submitted drafts of everything he’s had to write and is left to deal with the details of his move, while Liam and Kat are dealing with the sting of being rejected for federal funding.  It’s not all doom and gloom though; Liam’s ...read more The post OYM 31: LRRKing around Ribosomes appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.

April 22, 2014

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11:35 PM | Happy Earth Day from the forest (and the ocean) of Pt. Reyes,...
Happy Earth Day from the forest (and the ocean) of Pt. Reyes, California!
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10:11 PM | The Dark Chain of Events to Your Kid's Ivy League Rejection
Despite their perfect grade-point averages and SAT scores and stellar extracurricular activities, the number of top-achieving high school seniors who made the cut at the most elite universities reached record lows this year. Stanford, for example, only admitted 5 percent of applicants, the fewest in its history; other top institutions reported similar numbers. This may look like meritocracy reaching its ultimate rarefaction, yet the motives that led top colleges and universities to introduce […]
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9:55 PM | The Big Apple
I can’t believe that it’s less than a year since I first visited the old fire station in Norwich, then at the very start of its transformation into the science- and maths-centric Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form College – so … Continue reading →
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6:56 PM | Introducing Freshman to Transformation and Gene Regulation
In my current position at the University of Puget Sound, I generally see freshman students in my Biology 111 ("The Unity of Life") course, as well as juniors and seniors in my Biology 350 ("Microbiology") course.  I would prefer to call the latter "Microbial Diversity," because that is the actual thrust and overarching theme of the course, but I have been told that such a title might confuse medical school admissions boards.  Um.Someday.Many of my freshman have not had much in the way […]
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6:50 PM | Hacked Off
Can one ever escape the workaday grind, successfully avoid slipping over the edge to descend into the chaos I wrote about a little while ago or even manage merely to keep one’s cool despite provocation? There are so many things … Continue reading →
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6:12 PM | Ghenghis Khan bathed in sherbert ice cream. This is how The...
Ghenghis Khan bathed in sherbert ice cream. This is how The Oatmeal described the beautiful, but beautiful mantis shrimp in their comic: “Why the mantis shrimp is my new favorite animal.” These little guys, along with 20 other animals, will serve as inspiration for a team of engineers and researchers — led by UC Riverside’s David Kisailus. Of particular interest are the claws of the mantis shrimp (or “murder sticks” as they’re referred to in the comic), […]
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