July 16, 2014

11:00 AM | ‘Corpse Talk’ by Adam Murphy
What a pleasure it was to meet Adam and Lisa at Comic Con – held recently in Glasgow. Lisa introduced me to Adam’s latest creation – the wonderful comic book ‘Corpse Talk’. Here, Adam’s namesake cartoon character resurrects dead famous characters from history and interviews them on their fame or notoriety. There’s a good mix of well known […]
7:35 AM | Shuffling Forward in Education
This week has been full of surprises in Whitehall. The departure of David Willetts was foreseen. Indeed, it has been predicted just about every time there has been a ministerial reshuffle in the recent past. He will be missed by … Continue reading →
5:09 AM | AMEE 2014 and preparing for a conference
This year I will be attending the AMEE conference in Milan, Italy. The AMEE Conference provides an opportunity for all with an interest in medical and health professions education to meet together to hear about what’s new in the area, to share ideas and to network with colleagues from around the world. During my career […] Related posts:2008 Conference on Happiness and Its Causes E-Mental Health Summit and Health 2.0 Conference Gel Health, Conference About The Patient Experience […]
4:25 AM | We're FORC-ed!
So now we have no end of FORC jokes here, as we have launched our new ARC Industrial Tranformation Training Centre: The Food Omics Research Centre (FORC). The aim of our Centre, led by Professor Paul Haynes is to develop a molecular technology platform enabling the next revolution in the food industry. One of my PhD students, Hasinaka, is working within this Centre to investigate whether a sugar cane fibre-based dietary supplement can improve your digestive health through the changing the […]

July 15, 2014

9:13 PM | Researchers at UCLA have developed this organic solar cell,...
Researchers at UCLA have developed this organic solar cell, which promises a cheaper and more effective way to harness the sun’s power.  The new cells could serve as a power-generating layer on windows and smartphones without obstructing a person’s ability to see through the surface.
8:51 PM | In which everyday sexism depresses me
Today, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, reshuffled his Cabinet in preparation for next year’s General Election. There was a lot of speculation that he would up the number of women in his inner circle, as he’s … Continue reading →
4:36 PM | Willing to Die for Justice? Comparing Post-Katrina Student Activism to Freedom Summer
­Two of the most significant student movements in the United States occurred in Jackson, Mississippi and New Orleans - separated by less than a three hours’ drive and fifty years. En masse, high school students and coeds migrated to these cities leading up to Freedom Summer of 1964, and they came in the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina. Those cities served as classrooms that taught students sociology lessons like no other, but what parallels and distinctions can we draw […]
4:33 PM | Free College Idea Picks Up Momentum
Adele Williams hears from a lot of her friends from high school about their struggles to afford the cost of college. “I have a best friend who goes to a public university, and she’s in quite a lot of debt,” said Williams. Higher and higher tuition, she said, “is just a scary thought for people to face.” Except for her. Williams doesn’t pay any tuition at all. She goes to Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky, where students attend for free in exchange for […]
4:29 PM | The Case Against Exit Exams
Students today cannot afford to be high school dropouts any more than they can afford to enter college and the workforce unprepared. Luckily, the transition to college- and career-ready standards across the country offers states the opportunity to fully reimagine how they can best ensure students not only graduate from high school, but do so ready to succeed in higher education and on the job. The new standards open possibilities for richer instruction, better curricula, and more deliberate […]
2:46 PM | Cretaceous Cold Case #5: When Evidence Dries Up
This is the fifth post in a series called “Cretaceous Cold Cases” in which the science of taphonomy, or prehistoric forensics, is explained by fascinating cases from the files of Terry “Bucky” Gates, a research scientist with NC State and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. South Africa, 250 million years ago. The United
2:08 PM | Is Uppsala city a Bumblebee hotspot?
Sorry, no data to backup my thoughts today… but I feel that the number of bumblebees I saw in the last two years doubles the previous 30 years of my life. Uppsala is a smallish city in Sweden. Has lots … Continue reading →
12:47 PM | Talks@Mendeley – Is Identity the New Money?
  Our next Talks@Mendeley is this is fast approaching, on Friday the 18th July at 6:00pm. The speaker this time around is David Birch, whose TED talk  “A New Way to Stop Identity Theft” had been watched over 100,000 times. He expands on some of the talk’s themes in his latest book “Identity is the […]
11:35 AM | Biology-themed potlucks
Back when I was in grad school my classmates often used to hold potluck dinners. I recall one that had a “Brassica” theme (so, mustards, cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.). Every dish had to contain a member of the … Continue reading →

July 14, 2014

7:24 PM | New on F1000Research – 14 July, 2014
A selection of new content on F1000Research from the past week. To receive notification of all new articles, sign up for our table of contents alerts. Featured article: Abnormal hemostatic function one year after orthotopic liver transplantation can be fully attributed to endothelial cell activation [v1; ref status: indexed,] Freeha Arshad, Jelle Adelmeijer, Hans [...]
6:48 PM | Can We Grasp The Brain’s Complexity?
An entertaining paper just out in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience offers a panoramic view of the whole of neuroscience: Enlarging the scope: grasping brain complexity The paper is remarkable not just for its content but also for its style. Some examples: How does the brain work? This nagging question is an habitué from the top […]The post Can We Grasp The Brain’s Complexity? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

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6:20 PM | The first computer mouse Each time you click your mouse,...
The first computer mouse Each time you click your mouse, you’re paying homage to a UC Berkeley engineering alum Douglas Engelbart.  Originally patented as the “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System,” Engelbart invented and developed the first computer mouse. (It got its nickname “mouse” due to the cord attached to rear of the device that looked like a tail.) Engelbart is known for giving “The Mother of All Demos" in 1968 — a live […]
6:08 PM | Learning the Biotech Ropes—ASCB-KGI Short Course Wraps Up
The 40 came from all over North America, Europe, and Africa, 24 grad students and 16 postdocs, chosen from the 532 applications the ASCB received from members for a special 12-day "short" course on "Managing Science in the Biotech Industry" at the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) with funding from EMD Millipore. Besides their ASCB connection, what the participants had in common were years of academic training and a curiosity about life in biotech. Graduate students and postdocs were eager to […]
6:03 PM | In Mississippi Schools, Access to Technology Lacking, Uneven
CLINTON, Miss.—When Kelsi Collins was first given a laptop last year at Clinton High School, she hesitated to change from years of reading textbooks and writing assignments by hand to researching topics and typing papers online. It didn’t help that, after she’d ignored teachers’ warnings to back up her work, her computer crashed and she lost ‘everything’ just nine weeks into the school year. Still, within a few months, Collins was hooked. “I use it for […]
3:25 PM | Masculinity, Sensitivity, and Second Wave Privilege.
I am frankly daunted even beginning to write about this topic. Sometimes I feel like it is audacity, these days, to suggest that masculinity has intrinsic value. Indeed, every time I write about masculinity my elder sister asks how anything I write is unique to maleness, and separate from simple adulthood. I don’t know that […]
1:09 PM | Surviving pre-tenure: The People
In many ways, it's almost pointless to talk about all the other aspects of pre-tenure if you can't get good people in your lab. The best laid plans are simply a terrible lab dynamic away from being burnt to the ground. This is a bit of a catch 22, because it is hard to recruit […]
1:00 PM | Pre-tenure Advice: Blocking out time for your research
As part of the Carnival that Prof-like Substance is organizing on Pre-tenure advice, I thought I’d throw in a piece of advice that anyone who asks me this question gets from me. Here it is: Create a calendar and block out time for you. Sounds simple, and honestly a little stupid, but it’s the best […]
1:00 PM | How the Washington Monthly Helped Kill Corinthian Colleges and Tame the For-Profit College Industry
Last month I wrote about how Corinthian Colleges, one of the largest for-profit education companies in the United States, was in trouble. A lot of trouble. After months of wrangling about the outcomes of Corinthian students, the federal government finally put a 21-day hold on the company’s access to federal grants and loans. And that turns out to have been a serious blow. On July 4, Goldie Blumenstyk wrote at the Chronicle of Higher Education that Corinthian will die: Corinthian […]
11:08 AM | Navigating the Tenure Track
This post is for the pre-tenure survival blog carnival that proflikesubstance is hosting. It has some of my general thoughts on navigating the tenure track. These are things that worked for me or that I wish I’d known/thought about while … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Parental care and scientific careers: a fish metaphor
Dads typically do less parental care than the mom, at least in the US. This is a problem, especially for the mom’s career. Many men, and I suspect particularly academics, are genuinely focused on parenting. They want to do right by their partners, and make sure that they don’t create an inequitable parental burden. Parenting is a joy,…
10:28 AM | Mendeley moves into the cloud: It’s nice up here!
Last week we took what might seem like a small step, but was in fact a very giant leap by moving into the cloud. Now you might be thinking “Mendeley is already cloud-based, what are you talking about?” It’s true that our users can access their papers, annotations and all other data on any device, […]
8:02 AM | Yeast 2.0 at Macquarie
I've blogged before on Synthetic Biology, particularly with respect to the success of Macquarie University's iGEM teams- for instance, here and here. Synthetic biology is a new scientific field that combines engineering principles with molecular biological approaches to design and construct biological devices and systems. The rational synthesis of “designer” organisms has the potential to revolutionise biotechnological applications in areas such as bioenergy and […]
5:06 AM | Young People on Psychosis
Hands on description of psychosis and it’s consequences. An enthralling short film made by John Richardson (former service user) and Belinda Giles. Surrounding the experience of psychosis and the positive role the Early Intervention service can play in that often rocky voyage. Featuring captivating personal insights alongside a tightly woven narrative. Provocatively packed with vintage […] Related posts:Cannabis use in young people: The risk for schizophrenia Should young people […]
1:00 AM | Links Roundup #21
Blog of Interest Teaching in Higher Ed is a blog on PKM, educational technology, and curation as applied to higher education.  The author is Bonni Stachowiak, who teaches courses in business, marketing, leadership, and human resources at Vanguard University.  Check … Continue reading → The post Links Roundup #21 appeared first on Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians.

July 13, 2014

5:08 PM | North Sea Jazz 2014
The marriage between hip hop and jazz is difficult. Robert Glasper is one of the experts trying to combine these two with great results. Enjoy this video. It’s over after tonight, the Nort Sea Jazz festival 2014 of which for me Robert Glasper was a highlight, together with Stevie Wonder. Another highlight was the legendary […] Related posts:North Sea Jazz Tips The Berliner Philharmoniker at Home by Digital Concert Hall Golden Age of Jazz in Pictures
12:29 PM | Link and Photo Love
Hello all Sorry we’re being a bit slow here at the Au Blog at the moment, but you know. It is summer after all. The sun beckons, the wind rustling the trees tells tales (as you might have noticed, editor-in-chief is not in Scotland at the moment). She will however take some time to give…
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