April 14, 2014

11:13 PM | On 'Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws'
I was alerted on the Twitts This should be read as a mea culpa, given the authors’ roles in creating this problem in the first place: http://t.co/7pOGlpySS3 — Jonathan Gitlin (@drgitlin) April 14, 2014 to a Perspective by Bruce Alberts (former Science EIC), Marc Kirschner (BSD), Shirley Tilghman (working tirelessly on "fix the NIH" committees) […]
7:07 PM | Anti-Slut Shaming Feminism
I know I have a few card carrying feminist types in my audience so I have a question for them. The anti-slut-shaming issue is, to my understanding, a defense of women wearing whatever the hell they want without fear of randoms treating them in any particular way for those choices. To the extent we are […]
7:07 PM | Anti-Slut-Shaming Feminism
I know I have a few card carrying feminist types in my audience so I have a question for them. The anti-slut-shaming issue is, to my understanding, a defense of women wearing whatever the hell they want without fear of randoms treating them in any particular way for those choices. To the extent we are […]

April 11, 2014

12:27 AM | Thought of the Day on Expectations of Nomadism
I wasn't following the Twittscussion on academic nomadism closely, but one thing struck me. There are those in academics who don't realize why it would be a bad thing. To expect scientists to move around a fair number of times because their career demands it. This is unfortunate. I hope that some day they find […]

April 08, 2014

10:20 PM | On resubmitting unfunded A1 NIH grant applications
Well, well, well. The NIH limited applicants to a single revision ("amendment", hence -01A1 version) of an unfunded "new" grant submission (the -01 version, sometimes called "A0") in 2009. This followed the action in 1997 to limit revisions to two (see RockTalk chart), which hurt PIs like Croce and Perrin. (Six revision? Wow, that is […]

April 07, 2014

5:35 PM | Amy March, Sister Bear, Lisa Simpson.....oh hell, just read
Over at Tenure, She Wrote today: For although it is true that Amy is a bit of a conceited twit, I strongly object to the core messages in this little speech: don’t show off, even if that means no-one notices how awesome you are. It’s better to be overlooked than to be conceited. Although I […]

April 04, 2014

8:06 PM | The NIH Grant "Have" States Resist Sharing
From the Boston Globe (of course): Two dozen rural states stretching from Maine to Mississippi and Montana are clamoring to increase their share of federal research dollars now disproportionately awarded to Boston-area institutions and scientists. Whaddaya mean, "disproportionately"? WE DESERVE IT!!! “There’s a battle between merit and egalitarianism,” said Dr. David Page, director of the […]

April 01, 2014

3:52 PM | High school email-an-expert projects: Respond or ignore?
I have been experiencing a sharp uptick in high school projects that are apparently titled: "Email questions to some random expert on the internet" lately. Is anyone else getting these? Do you respond? In what depth?

March 28, 2014

5:13 PM | Thought of the Day
One of the obvious desires and needs of the newly minted Assistant Professor is to rapidly establish his or her independent laboratory focus. To show the world, in both formal and informal ways, that all that brilliant work has indeed been driven forward by this new Principal Investigator. As part of this it is necessary […]

March 27, 2014

2:56 PM | Guest Post: Manage your career, folks!
This is another guest post from @iGrrrl, a grant writing consultant. A few comments I've seen around, on top of my experience working with applicants for K-flavored and other career development grants, make it clear that they think the required career development parts are just window dressing. I hear complaints that they have to write […]
12:44 AM | Should K99 awardees continue the R00 phase at the current Institution?
The FOA for the K99/R00 says that a different institution is "encouraged (but not required)". I will confess I thought this was somewhat stronger in tone but the original announcement was similar. Applicants are encouraged to consider independent positions at departments and institutions different from where they conducted their mentored research. Should an awardee wish […]

March 25, 2014

11:27 PM | Testing
We've had a little trouble with the front page updating, so I'm posting this to test it out.
5:49 PM | The K99/R00 is not some sort of unfair distortion of the academic job market
This sentiment comes up, now and again, when we discuss the K99/R00 NIH grant mechanism. @AmasianV it seems that K99s are NIH's way of giving a tenured track job to whom it sees fit. Everyone I know w/k99 gets job. — cychow (@ClementYChow) March 25, 2014 This inevitably rings as critical to my ear. As […]

March 24, 2014

5:54 PM | Sharing (in science) with people you don't particularly like
The Twitt @tehbride raised an interesting mentoring question: Someone wants to see a successful grant a postdoc wrote. It is someone she does not get along with and she doesn't want to share it. 1/2 — Beatrix Kiddo (@tehbride) March 24, 2014   As you are likely aware Dear Reader, due to the accident and […]

March 21, 2014

6:59 PM | This doesn't belong in science. At all.
When I first started noticing the opportunity to submit a "Graphical Abstract" for my papers I was initially perplexed as to why I would bother. Then I realized that the Graphical Abstract (at Elsevier titles anyway) could be a way to get the primary data figure out in front of the paywall. So I thought […]

March 20, 2014

5:44 PM | A "Registered Report" with a guarantee of publication?
Craziness. From Drug and Alcohol Dependence: Drug and Alcohol Dependence will now be offering a new submission format, Registered Reports, which offers authors the opportunity to have their research protocol reviewed before data collection begins, with acceptance of the protocol providing acceptance in principle of the eventual results, irrespective of the nature of the results. […]
5:12 PM | Mad about school funding
The economic impact of the March Madness basketball tournament is immense. The much-quoted Challenger, Gray and Christmas analysis estimated a few billion dollars in lost productivity alone, due to workers slacking off to watch games and obsess over their brackets. Cities that host games might draw in the neighborhood of $4-6 million, according to the […]
4:15 PM | Thought of the day
If you don't ever publish papers that are only of interest to yourself....that's sad.

March 19, 2014

5:31 PM | Something you'd learn in business school?
erickttr observed: I notice that you go to RePORTER for information to help solve mysteries and gather data and strategic thinking respecting grant strategies and for a feel for national trends. Do you ever bring this up in conversation with POs? For example, "I noticed in RePORTER that only 5 R01s have been funded from […]

March 18, 2014

10:14 PM | Open Access, possibly predatory publisher and that's just the start of the weirdness
I recently received a run-of-the-mill spam that I should sign up for email updates from the Journal of Experimental Neuroscience. It is described as "an open access peer reviewed journal published by Libertas Academica". Okay, what the heck, I'll visit the journal website to find out it isn't indexed in PubMed so, no thanks. But […]
4:50 PM | Ask DrugMonkey: How do we focus the reviewer on 'Innovation'?
As you are aware, Dear Reader, despite attempts by the NIH to focus the grant reviewer on the "Innovation" criterion, the available data show that the overall Impact score for a NIH Grant application correlates best with Significance and Approach. Jeremy Berg first posted data from NIGMS showing that Innovation was a distant third behind […]

March 17, 2014

11:34 PM | Repost: Tribal Celebrations
Beer companies were pulling their sponsorships of St Patrick's Day Parades this year. Because of the long-running battle between Parade organizers and LBGT folks that wish to join the celebration. Man, we've come a long way, haven't we? This post was live-blogged on Mar 15, 2009. Step One: Make sure at least one of the […]

March 16, 2014

4:46 PM | Enforcing collaboration via grant review
I am wondering whether anyone else is noticing any trends for prioritizing multiple-lab NIH grant proposals. I recently got busted on, somewhat randomly given the proposal, for not including enough other faculty level investigators. At the time I shrugged it off as an annoying hobby-horse issue of one reviewer. But Multi-PI proposals have been going […]
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