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September 25, 2014

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12:15 PM | Meet the Data Science Team!
A big part of research is data, but for the Mendeley Data Sciences team, data is all they research. The team makes a big deal of big data, acting as wizards in our Mendeley world, magically bringing bits together. The Data Science team links data and projects, and connects research and business to build better products, such as the […]
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11:40 AM | Detection probability survey results
Last week, I highlighted some new results from a paper on detection probabilities and placed detection probabilities in the context of estimator theory. This in turn led to a a reader poll to try to get a sense of how people … Continue reading →
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11:40 AM | Internship at the Royal Institution
I am very excited to announce that at the start of October I’ll be starting a 3 month internship at the Royal Institution! This internship is part of my BBSRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), and is a newish scheme called … Continue reading →
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6:01 AM | So You Think you can Synthesize?
Macquarie University has once again entered a team of undergraduate students to compete in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) synthetic biology competition. Over the last four years, our teams have won 3 silver and 1 bronze medals. This year our team is hoping to win a gold medal, though they do have one handicap- I will be coming along with them as a team advisor to the iGEM Giant Jamboree in Boston.This year as an outreach activity, our iGEM team has created an online […]
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4:00 AM | Outreach Grants Will Promote Basic Science from Galway to San Quentin Prison
Inmate-college students at San Quentin Prison will soon have microscopes for their biology lab through an ASCB Outreach Grant, offered by the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) outreach subcommittee. ASCB members Ryan McGorty and Adam Williamson, both postdocs at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), asked for the outreach grant to help their volunteer efforts as instructors for a introductory biology course for prisoners.  Susan Walsh shows […]
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2:29 AM | The Onion Predicts the Future
With so much discussion about what we’re going to do about university athletics, this piece of satire from the Onion a few years ago is rather refreshing: Bowing to pressure from alumni, students, and a majority of teaching professors of Florida State University, athletic director Dave Hart Jr. announced yesterday that FSU would completely phase out all academic operations by the end of the 2010 school year in order to make athletics the school's No. 1 priority. "It's been clear for a […]
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12:17 AM | scienceandfood: 10 Things About Sushi At our 2014 Science of...
scienceandfood: 10 Things About Sushi At our 2014 Science of Sushi event, Dr. Ole Mouritsen and Chef Morihiro Onodera illuminated the science underlying some of our favorite components of sushi. In case you still haven’t had your fill, here are 10 scientific facts related to sushi…

September 24, 2014

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1:51 PM | EUMETSAT Conference 2014: Socioeconomic benefits of meteorological satellites
Globally, governments spend about $10 billion on meteorological satellites every year. That’s a lot of money. How do we know it’s worth it? Yesterday night the EUMETSAT conference branched off to the WMO for a side-event asking that very question. I … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | How to write a paper
I must make a confession. Through no one’s fault bu my own, I made it through my PhD without a writing method. Not that I knew how to write, and did not have a routine. I had no method. When it was time to write a paper, I opened a text editor and started writing a paper. It now sounds head-bashingly stupid; it is. It is a wonder that I managed to get any writing done. I started developping an idea of how to write during my post-doc. Mostly by osmosis, and in part because I needed to do […]
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11:31 AM | What belongs in the appendices vs. the main text in scientific papers?
So, how do you decide what material to include in the main text of your papers, vs. in appendices? Some things are easy. Raw data, code, and lengthy derivations belong in appendices.* Alternative ways of running the analysis that lead … Continue reading →
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11:01 AM | Engineering A Better Food Bank
How an NC State engineering professor is helping food banks help those in need.
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10:09 AM | Mendeley API Version 1 is Out!
  It has been a long 12-month journey, and the path wasn’t always lined with rose petals and unicorns, but last week we did allow ourselves a small celebration as version 1 of the Mendeley API was released. The API team designed this from the ground up, working alongside other Mendeley and Elsevier teams as […]
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4:41 AM | OYM 49b: Neuroscince Retreats
*producers note: I don’t care how I have to fudge the numbers, we will have a 50th episode reunion!* We’ve got a special episode this week, bringing you our thoughts and experiences from the 2014 McGill IPN Retreat.  Both Kat and Liam had posters at this year’s retreat and discuss their preferred approach to poster ...read more The post OYM 49b: Neuroscince Retreats appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.

September 23, 2014

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9:40 PM | When words fail: women, science, and women-in-science
I don’t want to write about women in science today. I want to write about glaciers, or passenger pigeons, or the way the tilt of the earth is making the squirrels outside my window stash acorns, or about how sharks have been on this planet longer than trees, or why sometimes, the public doesn’t trust […]
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8:48 PM | EUMETSAT Conference 2014: Challenges and advances in satellite measurement
Atmospheric measurement is an extraordinarily difficult problem. It’s a fluid capable of remarkable feats of contortion, and it contains a number of important constituents, including one – water – which flits easily between solid, liquid and gaseous forms. Satellite instruments offer … Continue reading →
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7:15 PM | Do gut bacteria rule our minds? It sounds like science fiction,...
Do gut bacteria rule our minds? It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity. In an article published this week in the journal BioEssays, researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico concluded from a review of the recent scientific literature […]
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1:48 PM | An Academic Memorial.
Yesterday I attended the memorial service of Mort Friedman, a Vice Dean and Professor at Columbia. He served that university for 56 years. He died suddenly a few months ago, but at advanced age. He was universally beloved, and prodigiously accomplished. A professor whose contributions, even measured against other long-time Ivy League professors, is impressive. […]
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12:00 PM | Graduate training, missed opportunities and the good ol’ days
A couple of recent conversations have got me thinking about the culture of academia and grad school training. The first conversation relates more to the general culture of academia. The complaint was that these days people are very selfish; they don’t want to participate in departmental events or even come into their office unless there…
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12:00 PM | Tales from the job search I - The French Connection
On January 5, I will start a position as an assistant professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Université de Montréal. So spoiler alert, this story has a happy ending. Looking for a job has been an incredibly formative experience, and I wanted to share some of it with you. This is part 1 out of 4 of a series of posts in which I summarize my year and a half spent looking for, and ultimately getting, an academic position. I will try to publish one every two weeks. It is […]
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11:38 AM | A Case About Probiotics
  Erin Andrews is trying to sell me probiotics.1 She is walking through a bustling gym wearing a sharp blazer and a fresh blow out. Male patrons gawk. She bubbles that the euphoric powers of probiotics can improve digestion and immunity. She takes probiotics, and she has grown tall, healthy, and has a sweet gig […]
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10:30 AM | Fast Facts about Cutting Boards and Food Safety in Your Kitchen
Anything that touches your food can be a source of contamination and foodborne illness – including cutting boards. Learn what you can do to limit the risk of foodborne illness.
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