Terra Sigillata

Archives for September, 2009

Here’s a new tenure-track faculty position just posted at Science. A great position in a great department at a great school in a great place to live. IMHO, of course: The University of Colorado Denver Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in the School of Medicine We invite applications for an Assistant Professor faculty position…

When writing the other day about how blogging has been of benefit to my career, I neglected to mention my recent invitation to the board of Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC). Founded in June 2007 by Karl Leif Bates and Chris Brodie, and now headed by President Ernie Hood (Radio In Vivo), SCONC is…

I’m happy to report that Drugmonkey will be hosting the next installment of the Diversity in Science Carnival. So I ask you to write and submit your posts in honor of scientists whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central or South America. Submissions can be submitted through the submission site, emailed to…

How blogging has augmented my career

This morning, I once again get to join in with a group of noted journalists, authors, educators, and all-around people-who-do-things-I-can’t for the annual advisory board meeting of the M.S. in Medical and Science Journalism Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Program founder and current director,…

Looking for a little ELISA help

Question for the lab geeks out there regarding general methods for antibody detection of specific analytes in cells, serum, and urine. Do you have a favorite book, chapter, or any other reading material that you would use to guide students through designing and validating their own ELISA for a serum or urine protein? If you…

As state university systems are making budget cuts and furloughing professors while have to expand course sections to meet burgeoning enrollment, one solution may be to tap the expertise of retired professors in the area. The Research Triangle area of North Carolina, home to over a dozen colleges and universities, is also home to at…

A little Sunday morning religion

I’m not drinking these days but scribbler50 at Behind the Stick is still my favorite bartender. This week, it may be the Devil or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody. Yea verily, go forth this morning and read.

Prof Tara Smith thought it important enough to come back from her hiatus to explain why she’s doing the same for her kids. That’s why. Addendum (20 Sept 2009): In my rush to put up a very quick post on Friday, I just saw that Revere at Effect Measure put up a detailed post on…

From today’s article by the always-interesting Sarah Avery at the News & Observer: After several failed attempts to extract the item, Manley was referred to another doctor, who suggested removing the entire left lung. “I said, no, I wouldn’t be doing that,” Manley says. That’s when he decided to seek a second opinion at Duke…

If you are in the area, this looks really good: Award-winning author Gary Taubes will speak at next week’s Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) Research Conference: “Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity” Tuesday, September 22, 2009 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm North Pavilion Lower Level Lecture Hall Gary Taubes…