April 23, 2014

5:43 PM | A chance to support research on Parkinson's Disease
The scientist known as @parklifensci (Parklife blog) on the Internet will be walking in the Parkinson's Unity Walk. The donation page says: Why I'm walking: Every walker and donor makes a difference by taking the Walk one step closer to finding the cause and cure for Parkinson’s. By joining together with thousands of others, we'll […]

April 22, 2014

4:54 PM | "These forces are real and I had to survive them"
Neil DeGrasse Tyson on "The Larry Summers question: What's up with chicks in science?": From a panel discussion hosted by the Center for Inquiry. Starts at 1:02:30 of the video.

April 21, 2014

9:36 PM | Your Grant in Review: The Biosketch Research Support Section
A question came up on the twitts about the Research Support section of the NIH Biosketch. Quick question: on an NIH biosketch, do you list the amounts of your grants? @drugmonkeyblog @MyTChondria — Dr24hours (@Dr24hours) April 21, 2014 The answer is that no, you do not. I will note that I am not entirely sure […]

April 18, 2014

7:53 PM | Job ad for Assistant Professor position makes it explicit...
Drexel University College of Medicine is hiring! ....sortof. The Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor. We seek a SYSTEMS/BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENTIST whose research utilizes contemporary molecular, physiological and/or imaging techniques to address fundamental questions related to monoamine networks, cognitive function and motivated […]
4:15 PM | Thought of the Day: The NIH Can't Win
A comment over at Rock Talk made a fairly traditional complaint about the NIH funding system. Dan C stated that: "NIH is to be criticized that it funds “usual suspects.” Today, I find this funny. Because after all, most of the people complaining about the NIH system want to become one of the usual suspects! […]

April 17, 2014

11:17 PM | Will You Be Attending Experimental Biology 2014?
The good folks at the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics have see fit to invite me to serve as an official blogger for the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting to be held in San Diego, CA, April 26-30. I will be joined in this effort by @katiesci who blogs at http://sicknessisfascinating.blogspot.com. I would like […]
4:56 PM | NIH backs down on resubmitting unfunded A1 grant applications
The rumors were true. NOT-OD-14-074says: Effective immediately, for application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new (A0) application […]

April 16, 2014

11:15 PM | Side thought on the NIH issuing project grants versus program grants
I asked a poorly worded question on the Twitts Twitter poll: would a PI who only ever had a single #NIH grant for 5 yrs be a good thing? Bad? Neutral? — Drug Monkey (@drugmonkeyblog) April 16, 2014 in which what I was trying to ask was this. From the perspective of awarding NIH grants, […]

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 […]
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