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Most of you don’t want to hear about my grant writing any more, but some of you are clearly interested in one of our innovations (at least I think it’s an innovation; I’ve never heard of anyone doing it on this scale before): the Mock Study Section. So I’ll take a break from writing (actually,…

Why writing my grant takes so long

When I first started teaching as an academic and told my family I taught 6 hours a week, they probably thought I had it pretty easy. I’m also sure they wondered what I did the rest of the time. Teaching a couple of new courses is a big job and it often absorbs more than…

Sorting out the vaccine puzzle

With flu season in the northern hemisphere looming and H1N1 cutting a nasty swath through good portions of the southern hemisphere’s current flu season, attention is being turned to the non-existent but hoped-for vaccine against swine flu. Yesterday we discussed the problem of pinning pandemic planning on a vaccine. That’s planning for the best, not…

In the view of New Scientist journalist Amanda Gefter, The Discovery Institute, high priests of Creationism as an allegedly rational enterprise, aren’t really worried about Richard Dawkins. Presumably he’s just a great fund raising device for them. The one who really scares the BeJesus out of them is biologist Francis Collins, the evangelical Christian rumored…

Key NIH institute gets a new Director

Environmental health researchers got some good news yesterday. The NIH’s only institute that focusses almost entirely on public health and environmental science, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), got a new Director after years of chaotic and controversial regime of former Director David Schwartz, who left under a cloud of alleged conflicts of…

Nanothinking at NIH

My Scibling Mark H. over at the Denialism blog has reproduced an internal NIH memo that is something to behold: If you aren’t used to the conventions of scientific collegiality you might not realize at first the unbelievable stupidity of this. A visiting international scientist (a Canadian or someone from Latin America, a European, often…

Director of NIH resigns

Like a lot of other research scientists supported by NIH I got an email yesterday from NIH Director Elias Zerhouni announcing his intention to leave his position “to devote much of my attention to writing.” At least it wasn’t the hackneyed “to spend more time with my family.” While Zerhouni won’t actually leave until the…

Most academic scientists — including me and my colleagues — don’t want unnecessary federal interference with what we do. We’re like any regulated community. Not happy to be regulated. Unfortunately we have made the unnecessary necessary by allowing improper conflicts of interest to infest academic medicine and predictably, Congress is about to step in.

We seem to be doing a lot of vaccination stuff here lately. It’s an obvious public health topic, one that’s in the news and (in some quarters) considered controversial. I’m a strong proponent of vaccination where it makes sense (which is in most of the instances where it is used) but that doesn’t mean I…

Late yesterday afternoon, a Friday and classic time to release news you don’t want anyone to read, I got the following email [excerpted] from David Schwartz, on leave as Director of the National Institute of Health Sciences (NIEHS), the main public health-oriented NIH institute and the subject of several previous posts (here, here, here, here,…