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Archives for January, 2009

The finances of NIH grants

I’ve been terribly behind on a billion things lately, most importantly spending time with my family and calling PharmSis and PharmMom. However, DrugMonkey’s post on Mentoring 101: Let’s Talk About the Money drew from me a comment I feel I should post here despite coming after 60+ other comments there. The bulk of the discussion…

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, is a place that many have told me I must visit (although perhaps not now as they are experiencing record heat). In fact, a twist of science and friendships nearly brought me there for my sabbatical before I had a big change in my life. The University of Adelaide is outstanding…

This article yesterday in the Wall Street Journal has led me to revisit and repost an old essay I had at the old place on 6 January 2006. The article addresses Oscillococcinum, an extract of the liver and heart of the Muscovy duck that is diluted so many times that, thankfully, it contains no duck…

I’m stuck in the US East Coast ice and snow trying to get home after some science work for our nation’s health agency (that is my rationale for posting this on my Sb blog). My four-hour equipment and weather delay has now turned into a canceled flight. The gate agent just announced that those of…

I came home this evening after a grant submission and uploading a bunch of grant reviews hoping to open a bottle of Gruet Brut and write up my account of last week’s Friday Fermentable Live!!! at ScienceOnline’09. While sitting down, my dear PharmGirl, MD, asked me to read this op-ed essay and scrolled it such…

Many thanks for some blog publicity go out to Karl Leif Bates, editor of Duke University’s online research monthly magazine, Duke Research, and co-founder of Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC). Many of you who attended this past weekend’s ScienceOnline’09 gathering may recognize Karl as he was in attendance. Completely independent of any coaxing (Karl…

Mike Dunford has a post about how some (ok, Fox News) are already stating the Obama isn’t really president because of the flub in today’s oath of office during the inauguration ceremonies – never mind that the former Senator actually became president at noon, about ten minutes before the actual oath (although Orin Kerr has…

It’ll be a few days before I can get together posts on this past weekend’s ScienceOnline’09 conference in frigid North Carolina. The Friday Fermentable Live! was a terrific success and it already looks like there are seven posts out there (for example, Eva Amsen on her Nature Networks blog, Expression Patterns, put up an account…

Just as I was starting to put together a few posts about my experiences at this weekend’s ScienceOnline’09 soirée, I get a Tweet from Pam Spaulding that openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson didn’t appear on HBO’s inaugural coverage today and, at least for Kenny Yum of Canada’s National Post and others in attendance, could…

The best coverage of the science behind the apparent “bird-strike” cause of yesterday’s USAirways miracle on the Hudson can be found at Scientific American online: It basically comes down to the physics equation for kinetic energy: Energy is proportional to mass times velocity squared. The velocity of the aircraft allows for the impact of this…