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It’s Sunday morning on the US East Coast and I really need to put the computer down to get out for a hike in the crisp, autumn air. Sunday morning is a great time to catch up on long-form writing but I won’t be the one providing it for you. Instead, I encourage you to…

On Friday, I wrote a post about the 20th anniversary of my PhD dissertation defense and my reverence for Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cervical cancer gave rise to the first immortalized human cell line and the primary system for my work. I also alluded to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the upcoming book…

The Clinical and Translational Science Network (CTSciNet) section of Science Careers has just published a superb article by Karyn Hede on the issues of depression precipitated during the rigors of medical education. Hede is a freelance writer in Chapel Hill and has contributed before to Science Careers, particularly with this article on the challenges of…

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…

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…

Yes, this is my second post on Derek Lowe of my last three. No, I am not his publicist. But Derek has another nice post on how drug company scientists could do a better job on educating the public on the drug discovery process: I do a lot of talking around here about how the…

I know that we have been very fortunate to attract a few new readers over the last year or so. For those, and as a reminder to others, I wanted to focus on some of my major blog influences. One of these is Derek Lowe, an early science blogger who is perhaps the only pharmaceutical…

Addendum published 14 July 2009 – I began this post in the spirit of revisiting the recent case of Emory University professor of psychiatry and radiology, Dr Douglas Bremner, who write the blog (and authored the book) Before You Take That Pill. Inside Higher Ed has the story behind the request by university administration for…

For those of you in the North Carolina Research Triangle area wanting to extend your weekend as much as possible, you’ll want to catch a a local music showcase at The Berkeley Café in Raleigh (217 W Martin St, 27601) tonight, Sunday 12 July at 7 pm. Yours truly will be playing a 30 min…

Figure 1. SouthernFriedScientist (@SFriedScientist) and Kevin Zelnio (Deep Sea News; @kzelnio) and their 40s preparing to leave to attend the 4th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems – Hydrothermal Vents, Seeps and Other Reducing Habitats – in Okinawa, Japan. Yes, Dr Zelnio, those are absolutely gorgeous beards. I don’t know if Kim Severson of the New…