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Here at Thoughtful Animal headquarters, we are conducting series of seven-question interviews with people who are doing or have done animal research of all kinds – biomedical, behavioral, cognitive, and so forth. Interested in how animal research is conducted, or why animal research is important? Think you might want to do some animal research of…

Last week, Travis, Christie, Scicurious and I spent about 45 minutes in a skype conference call. The first 15 minutes were spent making fun of Travis for his strange Canadian speech patterns, and sympathizing with poor Christie for not being able to talk to us while enjoying the beautiful Hawaiian air, because just as we…

Feeling Stupid Is Important!

One of my scientific heroes, Richard Feynman, explains confusion and stupidity: Albert Einstein said: “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called Research.” If you’re going to be doing research, you better be comfortable with feeling stupid.

Here at Thoughtful Animal headquarters, we’re starting a new series of seven-question interviews with people who are doing or have done animal research of all kinds – biomedical, behavioral, cognitive, and so forth. Interested in how animal research is conducted, or why animal research is important? Think you might want to do some animal research…

Last week, I asked on twitter, and then on the blog, about peoples’ preferences for listening to music while doing various types of sciencey work, and conducted an informal survey. Today I’ll give you the (entirely unscientific) results, and in a few days I’ll share what research has to say about music and work productivity.

I’m interested in finding out what are peoples’ music listening habits while working on various sciencey things. After a small survey and discussion on twitter, I thought I’d bring it to the blogosphere, as people seem to generally have opinions on the matter. This is going to be far from scientific, but take the below…

As graduate students, we all invariably, at one point or another, mentor or oversee an undergraduate research assistant who is doing research in our labs either on a volunteer basis or for credit. Occasionally in the summer, they get paid to do it, if the lab has an active grant with funding for that. In…

For the Doctoral Candidates at the Keck School of Medicine, Class of 2010, Eric Schulze was asked by his colleagues to give the student commencement address. The theme of his talk was, “Things I Should Have Been Taught About Science.” (video below the fold)

APS Day 3

I am exhausted. Today was a very long conference filled day followed by a very long baseball game at Fenway Park. My labmate, who is a bit of a baseball freak, in a moment of sheer brilliance, bought us STANDING ROOM ONLY tickets for the game. And so we stood. For >3 hours. My feet…

APS Recap, Day 2

Another awesome day of psychologically scientific hilarity and awesomeness.