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We’re really fortunate here at Terra Sigillata World Headquarters to have a strong, dedicated readership. But I’m always tickled when we attract new readers and attention to the views we express here. Late yesterday I received a very nice e-mail from Andrew Plemmons Pratt, Managing Editor of Science Progress, a blog of the well-known liberal…

Chris Mooney just asked the question as to why sci/med bloggers are up in arms about Sen Tom Harkin’s recent complaints about the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the arm of NIH charged with funding studies to investigate the mechanisms and efficacy of modalities not currently considered mainstream medicine. I left a…

I just wanted to send out congratulations to my friends and colleagues in Charleston at the Medical College of South Carolina (MUSC) on the 2 March announcement of their receipt of NCI Cancer Center designation:

Over the weekend, Comrade PhysioProf at DrugMonkey posted on the details of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds distribution for the US National Institutes of Health. For some unusual reason, the letter that was sent to NIH investigators and posted on the NIH website has now been removed and replaced today by the…

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…

Well, PalMD and I have been working tirelessly on putting together a plan of discussion for the upcoming ScienceOnline’09 session on Anonymity and Pseudonymity – Building Reputation Online. Over the last several months, we have had a tremendous outpouring of comments on our own blogs and numerous other blogs that gives us far more fodder…

Number 9, number 9, number 9. . .

Number 9. . . I just learned this from the Great One, writedit: NIH grants for FY2010 funding will be scored by review panels on a 1-to-9 scale instead of the current 1-to-5 scale. (Which for you, the applicant, is multiplied by 100 for your priority score.). Guaranteed that we’ll all still stay between 1.1…

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…

You probably thought this was going to be about Dr Robert Gallo. Driving in to lab this morning I heard Dan Charles’ story on NPR’s Morning Edition about the unheralded scientist, Dr Douglas Prasher, who first cloned the green fluorescent protein gene from Aequorea victoria in 1992, as published in Gene. This amazing laboratory tool,…

We here at Terra Sig are peripheral to Teh Atheist Cabal at ScienceBlogs so I had to do a consortium-wide search to be sure no one like PZ, revere, or Laden wrote about this lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The nation’s largest group of atheists and agnostics is suing President Bush, the…