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Archives for January, 2009

The Deed is Done

Yes, now that I’ve received the contract and signed it, I’ll officially announce what some of you already know – effective July 1st 2009, I will be a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. One of my “first acts” will be to collect a little payment from Larry Moran.

From the AAAS: The three agencies highlighted in the America COMPETES Act of 2007 and President Bush’s American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) would do extremely well in the stimulus appropriations bill. The National Science Foundation (NSF) would receive $3.0 billion; the Department of Energy’s Office of Science (DOE OS) would receive $2.0 billion; and Commerce’s National…

I just saw this video on Biocurious: And I have to agree with Dobbs, postdocs are underpaid largely due to an oversupply of foreign PhDs (and yes, I am a foreigner, although I received my PhD here in the US). This is why women drop out of science, this is why there most blogs written…

I woke up, got the paper and then read this half baked OpEd by David Brooks, the world’s most confused conservative. The thesis of his article: liberalism destroys institutions. Here’s the opening paragraph: A few years ago, a faculty committee at Harvard produced a report on the purpose of education. “The aim of a liberal…

Weird International Family Chat

Yesterday, I was diligently working on my computer when my brother suddenly appeared on MSN’s instant messenger. His engineering firm had recently sent him to Doha, Qatar, to work on a new factory being built near the harbor and I was pleasantly surprised that I could chat with him. Next I was shunted to a…

My Year in a Picture

This has become a yearly tradition. I usually posted near the end of the year, but this time around I had many “distractions”. Better late then never: Click here for a full size version. Previous years: 2007 2006

So this week I tried to gain evidence that supports my supper dupper theory, based on my unexpectedly amazing mass spec results I told you about a few weeks ago. Fortunately I had a staight forward way of testing the implications of these initial findings. And my experiments conclusively demonstrated that this new theory was…

Quick Message

Hello world. Once upon a time, I had a laptop. As time went on, its hard drive filled up with pdfs, music files and an enormous (well, relatively enormous) operating system. This pattern of exponential expansion continued for a few years until, the imbalance between data and storage capacity, just like the overpopulation of the…

Happy New Year

Yes it looks like I’ve abandoned my blog, but to be honest in the past few weeks my world has been rocked, scientifically. You see to be a scientist is to be obsessed. Now like some crazed psychotic individual I will try to explain the nature of this infatuation with my work. This desire to…