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We had one of our most active comment threads the other day when I posted my thoughts on drdrA’s own superb post about what is most important to her in being a woman in science. I noted my own desire to listen to and understand as completely as possible the issues of my women colleagues…

DrDrA at BlueLabCoats has returned with an outstanding post, entitled, “I want you to hear me, I don’t care what you see…,” that she wrote out longhand during her recent travels: In my absence I picked up a whiff of a lot of chatter about what women scientists wear to work… or talk/write about wearing…

Congratulations to top Denver docs

Nobel Prize month also means that Denver’s 5280 magazine has announced the annual results of their top 270 medical professionals in 79 specialties. While the picture here is the cover of last year’s issue featuring my dear colleague, Dr John J (Jay) Reusch, the good doctor was again named among the top six physicians in…

I am about to lead a discussion of science and medical blogs with a group of journalism students in a course entitled, Medical Journalism. While many of the students are specifically majoring in medical and science journalism in a master’s program, some are undergraduates in general journalism and mass communications looking to get a flavor…

DrDrA just posted on a currently 37-comment-long thread of a post by PhysioProf at DrugMonkey based on a quote from a post by Dr Brazen Hussy (opening sentence almost as long and convoluted as the title, eh?). The short summary: postdocs and other academic job candidates are disqualifying themselves from even applying for certain positions…

Any of you working in academic programs that offer forensic sciences training are well aware that CSI has been a boon this multidisciplinary area of biology, chemistry, engineering and materials sciences. However, we don’t yet have any television programs glorifying a career in pharmacology or biotechnology. I’ve just spent a few hours on YouTube, BSCS,…

Dr Ernest Ludwig Eliel (1921 – 2008)

Dr Ernest Eliel, a past-president of the American Chemical Society, passed away in Chapel Hill, NC, on Thursday evening. Dr Eliel was 86. His obituary notes: Born December 28, 1921, in Cologne, Germany, Dr. Eliel was the son of the late Oskar and Luise Tietz Eliel. He moved to the United States in 1946, and…

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,…

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…

I’m sure this question has been addressed in the educational literature to which I do not currently have electronic access. The question for the day is whether a department that has, say, a 10-year record of awarding tenure to every faculty member who has come up for evaluation is one that has standards that are…