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The Eisens Continue to Rock the PLoS

Jonathan Eisen is the new Academic Editor in Chief at PLoS Biology, and he’s kicking it off with this editorial. In his editorial, Jonathan describes how he became an Open Access publishing advocate. The header of his article features a short biography with an interesting item: Jonathan A. Eisen is Academic Editor-in-Chief at PLoS Biology.…

Where are the faculty bloggers?

I have an intuition, backed up by absolutely no evidence, that my particular area of interest (evolutionary genetics) has more faculty blogging about stuff related to their research than other fields. This is most likely the result of my interest in those blogs, and, hence, my increased awareness of them compared to blogs of faculty…

Do you ever sit in a boring departmental seminar and scope out the other folks in the room? You’ll pick up some odd behaviors. Like the guy picking his nose — gross! Or the secret couple that can’t be open about their relationship because it breaks some university policy sitting a bit too close to…

What do you call your advisor?

Not Jim or Sam or Sally or Jane. Or Dr. Acula. But how do you refer to your advisor when you’re talking to someone else? Do you call him/her “my advisor”? Do you call him/her “my boss”? Do you call him/her “that person I see once every two weeks who provides the money for me…

Where does your funding come from?

The Scientist blog reports that a representative of the National Science Foundation (NSF) was at the annual meeting of the America Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). The NSF representative pointed out a couple of things things: If your proposal describes research designed to find a cure for some disease, the NSF will not fund it.…

The Ethics of Being an Open Access Publisher

BioMed Central advertises itself as “The Open Access Publisher” (see their logo floating next to this text). They publish a lot of journals, but I think the Public Library of Science (PLoS) has the lead when it comes to being THE open access publisher. That’s because everything published by PLoS is Open Access — it’s…

Are You Looking for an Academic Job in Biology?

John Hawks linked to a wiki with information on cultural anthropology job searches. If you poke around the website, you’ll find a list of such wikis for many different academic disciplines. Of interest to evolgen are the Biology Jobs Wiki and the Ecology/Evolution Jobs Wiki. If you’re currently on the job market, consider contributing information…

The Condition My Condition is In

I hate vanity posts — who the fuck outside my mom cares how I’m doing, and she don’t read this — but I feel somewhat obliged to explain the lack of activity on this unread blog. This is especially important in case my Seed overlords stop by and notice a stark absence of any recent…

Biology Department Scavenger Hunt!!

Chad asked a fun question last week, and I just got around to finding it yesterday: What items should be on the list for a scavenger hunt through an academic physics department? Let’s now ask: what items should be on a list for a scavenger hunt through a biology department? Taking some hints from Chad…

Too Many Cultures

During my first semester of college I took an introductory chemistry class from a poet, playwright, and Nobel laureate — that’s all one guy, not three. His Nobel Prize is in chemistry, which made him more than qualified to teach us about acids, transition metals, and the other basics of chemistry. He also advocated a…