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Archives for June, 2008

Back in Beantown

The trip to Toronto was great. I met a lot of great people there and I think that I made a good impression on the members of the Biochemistry Department at the U of T. Since this was my first real job interview, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. In the end I decided…

Yesterday I had a great time visiting the biochemistry department at the University of Toronto. I met up with Lary Moran of Sandwalk who gave me a tour of the place. (We also got caught up in a huge discussion that culminated in a bet … I will disclose the details at a future date.)…

Busy Busy Busy

Well I won’t be doing much blogging in the coming weeks. Last Wednesday I found out that I will be giving a talk this Thursday at the University of Toronto. This news came to me while I was smack-dab in the middle of one of these huge experiments. Of course the experiment failed (but I…

Map that Campus XLVI

The first one since April. Here it is: hint: Blogs are hot. So if you know the identity of the mystery campus please leave a comment. If you’re at this campus, maybe I’ll see you next week!

From Andre at biocurious: Janet Iwasa has had an unusual scientific career. After finishing her PhD with Dyche Mullins at UCSF she started a postdoc in Jack Szostak’s lab at Harvard but not to do bench work or even simulations like her postdoc colleagues. Instead, Janet is a full time animator and graphic designer. Some…

Great Speech

If you didn’t hear Barack Obama’s speech, listen to it here.

With the sequencing of the human genome, the public at large has been told that biologists now have a full picture of how life works. This is far from the truth. In this series of posts I’ll try to outline what we don’t know – in other words gaps in our knowledge. Today we’ll look…

I must say that the animators omitted many details, such as the RNA polymerase’s c-terminal repeats, splicing, the assembly of an RNP, the workings of the nuclear pore complex, and the assembly of a translation initiation complex … but WOW! We need more of these videos!

I heard about the report on the the latest Science Mag Podcast. Some general notes: -NIH budget will see a 0% increase -NSF budget will see a 15% increase -There is a significant increase in funding to the Department of Energy (up 21%) -Support of research (basic and applied) would fall 0.3%. According to AAAS:…