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Dan

Dan is a postdoc working at the University of Cyprus in developmental biology. He has a BSc in molecular biology and a PhD pharmacology and biochemistry.

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Around the Blogs

This week’s highlights from Around the Blogs include shakes in the lab, confused science journalists and brain tissue from stem cells…

14 Nov 2008 Of Interest

A Grad Student, a Postdoc, and a Professor are Walking…

A grad student, a post-doc, and a professor are walking through a city park and they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out in a puff of smoke. The Genie says, “I usually only grant three wishes, so I’ll give each of you just one.” “Me first! Me first!”…

10 Nov 2008 Fun Stuff

Gates Foundation Innovations on Funding Science

All fields in Science thrive on fresh ideas that contest accepted theory. Yet, researchers seeking funded face ever greater competition for limited funds – funds that are overly wedded to safe, unadventurous research.

04 Nov 2008 Of Interest

Around the Blogs

Six highlights from “Around the Blogs”: Help High School Kids do Genetic Engineering and Make Glowing Bacteria “Why should professional scientists have all the fun?” Sandra shares stories of cool stuff in the classroom. Talking Points for NIH Funded Science Drug Monkey has some suggestions for scientists venturing into politics, amid the height of the…

31 Oct 2008 Of Interest

The Nature of Scientific Observation

Currently I’m reading Alan Chalmers’ What is this thing called science?, with specific interest in the questions of expertise and the uniqueness of science as a foundation for knowledge.

29 Oct 2008 Basic Lab Skills & Know-how

Revising the NIH Grant Review Process

NIH analysis indicates that an increasing number of meritorious applicants that were ultimately funded had to resubmit their applications multiple times which increased burden on applicants and reviewers alike. How should the NIH address this problem?

27 Oct 2008 Getting Funded

Assessing the Bitesize Bio Experience

With the new design for Bitesize Bio, I thought it appropriate for a re-assessment of what blogging here means to me. Nick started this site as a blog for molecular biology, with a bit of a dream to turn it into a community for aspiring molecular biologists. By providing a mix of personal development, technique…

23 Oct 2008 Of Interest

Around the Blogs

Why Do We Care Where We Publish “How can we assess the competence of a scientist? Past performance is, realistically, the only way to judge future performance. Past performance can only be assessed by looking at their publications.” RO1s in Decline The hard data on the decline of federal science funding in the National Institutes…

18 Oct 2008 Of Interest

Dance, Scientists, Dance!

Are you the sort of scientist who taps her toes while working in the laboratory? Didn’t I see you pirouette on your way to the fume hood? In fact, doesn’t your entire scientific career feel like one big dance?

13 Oct 2008 Fun Stuff

Biotechnology Imitates Nature

“A collaborative effort of Janine Benyus’ Biomimicry Guild and Gunter Pauli’s ZERI Foundation, Nature’s 100 Best brings to light fascinating secrets of nature capable of revolutionizing nearly every aspect of our economy, and changing our destructive relationship with the environment to one of mutual benefit.”

09 Oct 2008 Inspiring & Thought Provoking

Science and Entrepreneurship

Scientist entrepreneurs have an inherent advantage over other entrepreneurs. They are closer to the future than the rest of us. That proximity to the cutting edge gives them the opportunity to start businesses based on science that are truly breakthrough in nature.

07 Oct 2008 Career Development & Networking

Around the Blogs

COME AND GET IT! Hot blog posts around the intertubes, served up from the feed reader. More classroom science blogs: the collection continues Calling all scientists and science-fans: you can help with science education by letting students know you’re interested. How? Go and comment on classroom blogs and wikis. Emerging Model Organisms A new book…

03 Oct 2008 Of Interest

Career Options After Academia

It’s a good article. But what really makes it a must-read for students thinking about grad school is the fact that these 26 one-time grad students have ended up in a truly diverse range of careers.

29 Sep 2008 Career Development & Networking

Small World Competition Open for Voting

Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world’s best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.

23 Sep 2008 Software & Online Tools

Around the Blogs

It’s Friday again, so what do you say we hit the feed reader and see what’s goin’ on Around the Blogs… We Are Science There is no “Science.” There is no “Academia.” These things do not exist as coherent entities, any more than “The Market” does. Linkage and the Antibiotic Resistance Problem New data show…

19 Sep 2008 Of Interest

Terrorism: The Animal Research War

After some of the blog posts that I’ve written on animal rights’ extremists and violence against animal researchers, there’s now a review of a most appropriate book on the topic available in Science – Scientists Under Siege. Suppose you are a scientist and a finalist for the position of vice president for research at the…

17 Sep 2008 Science Communication & Ethics

Evolution of Lager Yeasts

For something a bit more on the fun side, at least if you enjoy a pint of beer now and then – a genomic-based study has reconstructed the origins by hybridization of the lager yeast Saccharomyces pastorianus, published in the journal Genome Research [Press release]. For thousands of years, ale-type beers have been brewed with…

15 Sep 2008 Of Interest

Expectations of a Grad Student

Graduate school in Biology is very different from undergraduate education, Medical School, Law School, or other professional graduate training programs. In graduate school, you will become your own teacher and your own motivator… Experiencing self-doubt is typical, and is best countered by keeping the lines of communication open between yourself and fellow students, and between yourself and your advisor.

11 Sep 2008 PhD Survival

Debunking the ‘GE Crops are Bad’ Myth

Pamela Ronald has an article up for anyone interested in the pro’s and con’s of genetically engineered or genetically modified crops. In 10 Things About GE Crops to Scratch from your Worry List, there are brief but succinct explanations of why common arguments against GE crops are without merit.

08 Sep 2008 Science Communication & Ethics

Around the Blogs

Should I hire a postdoc or a technician? – Thoughts about managing an academic research lab. Animal Rights Extremists kill at least a dozen mink – “….by releasing them from a mink farm. This is what happens when you set animals free without regard to the consequences.” Used Postdocs – “Please dispose thoughtfully of your…

05 Sep 2008 Of Interest