Posts

August 15, 2014

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11:05 AM | Friday links
From Jeremy: The Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAHfest) is coming to Cambridge, MA and San Francisco this October. If you didn’t know, the festival is dedicated to “well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect evolutionary theory.” I love, … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘more work’
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6:53 AM | Who governs science?
Traditionally, science holds itself to account, primarily through internal systems of peer review. But the recent retraction of two papers on stem-cell research by the journal Nature highlights weaknesses in this self-regulatory framework that scientists need to addressTo err is human, so why should science be any different? The frailties of science can be easy to overlook because it remains one of humankinds greatest cultural and intellectual achievements; working hand in hand with technology, […]
Editor's Pick

August 14, 2014

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9:06 PM | Recommended Reads #33
Editorial boards of ecological journals are far less likely to have people who principally work with insects, compared to other taxa. Simon Leather runs down the numbers for us. Here is a great site for students about the Anatomy of a Scientific Article. Looks like great reading for students in lower-division and starting upper-division coursework. “The…
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6:46 PM | Jupiter’s moon spews lava for two weeks Imagine looking up...
Jupiter’s moon spews lava for two weeks Imagine looking up at the moon and seeing super-volcanos erupt for two weeks straight.  That was the scene last year for Jupiter’s moon Io, a celestial body roughly the same size as our lunar companion.   However, unlike our moon, Io is highly volcanic and due to it’s low gravity the eruptions can shoot debris high into space. Scientists at JPL and UC Berkeley have been monitoring the events as a way to understand what early
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6:41 PM | An Attractive Solution for Heart Repair
Stem cell therapy is a promising option for repairing heart tissue damaged by heart attack. However, the main obstacle to cardiac stem cell therapy also happens to be pretty difficult to get around – and that’s the fact that the heart is constantly in motion. “Cell retention is always problematic when you do cell transplantation,
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘background’
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3:00 PM | Kentucky State University President Takes a Salary Hit for his School
It’s odd that this happens so rarely given the financial constraints of academic institutions, but sometimes college administrators really do make big sacrifices for their institutions. Raymond Burse (below), since June the interim president of Kentucky State University, recently decided to give up part of his own generous salary to ensure that school’s lowest-paid employees can get raises. According to an article by Lillian Cunningham in the Washington Post: The 24 school […]
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2:02 PM | Nontraditional Science Careers: Consultant
The secret is out. There is life beyond the lab or the classroom for someone with a PhD in molecular biology, especially in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. And yet many of these business careers have little to do directly with bench expertise but instead call on doctoral level training in analysis, planning, and communication. Those are the key skills that serve Jason Huhn and Danielle Haney, recent PhD graduates who are happily pursuing fast-paced, well-paid office-based careers […]
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2:00 PM | Open science advocacy tweetchat recap
This past Wednesday, August 6th, we hosted the latest installment of the #F1000Talks tweetchats; we discussed Open Science Advocacy as an Early Career Researcher. We had a fantastic turnout and a fast-paced discussion, full of great testimonials and advice on transforming Open Science from the exception to the norm. Couldn’t make it to the tweetchat? [...]
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1:21 PM | What I Hope to Contribute.
Yesterday I got the reviews back for two papers I have out. One paper was rejected, one had a revision invited. The paper that was rejected had four reviews, all of which were blandly positive. Nobody hated it, but no one raved either, and the editor decided it wasn’t “focused or well-organized” enough to be […]
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12:34 PM | Academic PKM Interview Fun!
Crystal and I were interviewed last week by Bonni Stachowiak for her Teaching in Higher Ed blog and podcast.  We all had a lot of fun together, and we hope that you might get some ideas about PKM and how … Continue reading → The post Academic PKM Interview Fun! appeared first on Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians.
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘after all’
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9:33 AM | Mendeley Desktop 1.12 Available Now
We’re very pleased to announce that Mendeley Desktop 1.12 is now available, and will appearing as an auto-update for all users over the next couple of days.  This release resolves two popular user requests, as well as numerous bug fixes. Print PDFs from Mendeley Desktop Printing has been our #2 user request for some time (second to an Android […]
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5:44 AM | My Kardashian Index is 0
Earlier this year, I blogged about metrics for measuring scientific output such as a H-index, AltMetric, etc. I just came across an entertaining little paper in Genome Biology by Neil Hall about a new metric- The Kardashian Index. Neil was wondering whether there are scientists who are like Kim Kardashian- famous for being famous. Or more specifically, whether there were scientists who are famous for their twitter feeds or blogs, but have not produced much in terms of published research papers […]
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12:19 AM | An American postdoc in Europe
In January of this year my boyfriend, Andre, and I packed up our house in Fort Collins, CO, dropped our dog, Ginger, off with my mom and moved out of Colorado and the country. This marked the beginning of an … Continue reading →

August 13, 2014

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11:30 PM | Pre-game announcements!
Greetings, loyal readers! You might remember that a few months ago we showed you the q-bingo game card that we brought to the last q-bio conference, and asked for your ideas on what terms are popular (or perhaps overused) in systems biology so that we could use them in future games. I can now announce that we have used your ideas in the set of playing cards for this year's conference!If you're at the conference and want to play, come to Poster Session 1 tomorrow (Thursday) and stop by poster […]
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10:43 PM | Making new soft materials by distoring the surface of water
Image: Hugh Martin. Delicious Mayonnaise Ever since mayonnaise was invented in 1756, people have wanted to make more soft materials. From the moisturising cream that you rub into your face, to the paint that you spread on your walls, soft materials are all around us. What makes a soft material soft? You can consider anything […]
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10:43 PM | Making new soft materials by distorting the surface of water
Image: Hugh Martin. Delicious Mayonnaise Ever since mayonnaise was invented in 1756, people have wanted to make more soft materials. From the moisturising cream that you rub into your face, to the paint that you spread on your walls, soft materials are all around us. What makes a soft material soft? You can consider anything […]
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9:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘Venter’
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5:31 PM | Wonderful people, wonderful data
Hi all, Just a quick note to say I haven’t forgotten about this blog of mine! After some lovely responses to my post Taming Monsters, I’ve realised I’m not alone in feeling all these crappy things during a PhD. Thanks … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘what’s the point’
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3:00 PM | The Education Silver Bullet
Standard and Poor’s, the very non-partisan financial ratings agency, recently warned the country that we were soon facing big problems if we didn’t address inequality. No longer is inequality just a problem for American poor people, because they don’t have very much money. No, it’s actually going to start to be a problem for the economy as a whole. According to the agency: Standard & Poor's sees extreme income inequality as a drag on long-run economic growth. We've […]
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2:19 PM | Celebrity and Alcoholics Anonymous.
I sobered up in  fancy rehab out in Los Angeles. The rehab I went to took us to AA meetings, and NA meetings, and CA meetings. There was a meeting every day, in addition to individual therapy and group therapy and spirituality and personal training, and some hippie stuff like acupuncture and aromatherapy. Some of […]
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2:13 PM | Meetup tonight will be in the Aquatic Ecology section booth in the poster hall
We just decided that the meetup tonight at 5:30 in the aquatic ecology section booth in the poster hall. It’s on the wall that’s all the way on your left as you walk in. It’s possible the booth will be … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | How to Give a Talk That Everyone Remembers
If you’re looking for advice about giving talks or presenting a poster, the blog Reason I Am Here, by Bioinformatics PhD student and scientific storyteller Nacho Caballero, regularly features great tips in these areas. We asked Nacho to share some advice with F1000Research readers, and below is his advice on giving a memorable talk [...]
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12:44 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Montse Fuentes
Editor’s note: This post was written by Montse Fuentes, Department Head and Professor of Statistics at NC State. The post is an entry in an ongoing series 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
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11:39 AM | Reminder: Dynamic Ecology meetup today! (UPDATED)
Remember, the Dynamic Ecology meetup is today, 5:30-6:30 in the poster session hall. Meg, Brian, and I will find a table be in the aquatic ecology section booth, come say hi!Filed under: Announcements and events, Meeting previews and reviews
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘gravity’
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6:07 AM | OYM45: MiRly depression
With Adel nearly done his thesis edits and having sent them off to the boss, he’s had a little time to think on his experience and wonder what kind of lessons he can take from his years long journey. Can he call this experience a success if he passes? Should he call it a failure ...read more The post OYM45: MiRly depression appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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