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Archives for September, 2008

NIEHS Needs Toxicological Consultant

When one serves on NIH grant review panels, or study sections, one must now register with the US government as a government contractor in order to get reimbursement for hotel and meals, plus the staggering $200 honorarium for each day of the meeting (for which you have spent between two and four weeks of reading,…

Cancer Research Blog Carnival #13

It wasn’t triskaidekaphobia that kept me from submitting to the Cancer Research Blog Carnival – I just thought I hadn’t written a useful cancer post in quite some time. But thanks to Walter at Highlight Health, our discussion on the relevance of an article on in vitro antileukaemic activity of methadone was included in the…

Remembering Steve Blackwell

Today is the second anniversary of the passing of Steve Blackwell, a Midwestern transplant who came to the Sunshine State as a high school English teacher and became a fixture in the Florida folk music scene. My path crossed with Mr Blackwell in the months before his untimely departure from melanoma at age 58. I…

You are an assistant professor in the biomedical sciences and are three or four years in, trying to really hammer on your productivity before the tenure dossier goes in a couple of years from now. Professor MegaMentor, editor of your society’s second-tier journal (impact factor of 2.5), approaches you to write an invited review article…