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Archives for November, 2008

Misha Angrist’s Naked Genome

Picking up the Sunday paper after walking the PharmBeagle, I saw Dr Misha Angrist of the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy featured on the frontpage of the local fishwrapper. Ace higher ed reporter, Eric Ferreri, put together a lovely article on this local hero. As Misha notes elsewhere: In 2007 I became…

While I’m still compiling and formatting yet another fabulous overseas wine experience from Erleichda for today’s main Friday Fermentable, I experienced a bizarre convergence last evening after writing my post on my dissertation defense anniversary. After plowing through my post, I was catching up on Google Reader and was pointed to the latest post by…

Do you remember your defense?

For whatever reason, I woke up really depressed and exhausted today – pretty much for no reason, I think. I checked my schedule on my Treo – today marks 19 years since my dissertation defense. I remember being really depressed throughout writing my dissertation thinking, “is this all I have to show for this many…

Via Robert A Guth at the Wall Street Journal, I learned yesterday of a great new feature from Google.org, the arm of the search giant dedicated to the use of information and technology for the global good. Google Flu Trends is a joint effort with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the “prevention”…

My long absence from home and the blog was followed yesterday by my lying on the floor and going through accumulated mail. These quiet times for “literature review,” such as preparing the recycling and walking back from the mailbox, frequently provide me with blog fodder. So I read with interest yesterday an Oncology Times article…

Please accept my apologies for not letting y’all know in advance that I’d be off to an undisclosed location for activities that would minimize or ablate my blogging for a few days. In the meantime, I learned of a happy surprise just as I was leaving town: that Dr Isis received an invitation to join…

Is snarky honest real-time discussion of a paper’s conclusions more constructive to the authors and the larger scientific enterprise than formal, reserved, and staid holding forth in the correspondence section of a classic clinical journal? Fact is that this discussion will be over even before the next issue of the journal comes out. A really…

My 2008 Halloween costume

Now THIS is frightening. A multitude of thanks to BrotherDrug for the gift certificate to their CafePress store, the DrugMonkey Blog SchwagShop. Seems that the good doctor has been rather generous of late toward his commenters as evidenced by other schwag showing up at JuniorProf and Dr Isis. Isis claims that her sweatshirt runs larger…

Go read: Getting Better with Dr Val

If you haven’t already heard it elsewhere, one of your favorite blogging physicians, Dr Val Jones, has recently hung out her own e-shingle at Getting Better with Dr Val. Many of you know Dr Val from her previous blog at Revolution Health, Dr Val and the Voice of Reason. Dr Val served there as Senior…