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Two great interviews with Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, two philosophers of science. CBC Ideas – Interview with Simon Schaffer on Leviathan and the Air Pump CBC Ideas – Interview with Steven Shapin on how science and truth are derived from social interactions within the scientific community If you like these interviews, visit CBC Ideas…

NIH Grants by Age

The graph is from Are there too many PhDs? at Mendeley Blog In the U.S., we are constantly hearing about how the country is falling behind in science. We need more scientists to fill all of those jobs we want to create. And the cure to that is to fund more PhD programs! Yet, when…

A small sense of accomplishment

Last week was demo week here at the Palazzo lab. Both Zeiss and Nikon dropped off their latest equipment and we had the chance to image some RNA. In addition we finally completed some badly needed lab renovations and as a result had an operation tissue culture area. I went ahead and transfected COS7 cells…

After a frantic couple of weeks, the lab seems to be finally coming together. This afternoon I sat down and started to peruse the past few issues of Cell Science, Nature, JCB, PLoS etc. and a few of the blogs that I like to check out. And then I read this strange article in the…

Scientific Careers and Job Security

From Study Finds Science Pipeline Strong, But Losing Top Students, Science 30 October 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5953, p. 654 A new study finds little evidence for leaks in the U.S. pipeline for producing native-born scientists except for a steep drop in the percentage of the highest performing students taking science and engineering jobs. The…

When I was a postdoc at Harvard Medical School, I was a founding member of the New England RNA Data Club. We organized a monthly meeting, where RNA researchers from around the New England Area would get together and present data. Over three years, we were lucky enough to hear exciting talks and catalyze many…

I’ll be giving a talk on Thursday

Seminar Series of the CIHR Training Grant in Protein Folding Dr. Alexander Palazzo Department of Biochemistry University of Toronto Specialized Nuclear Export of mRNA Encoding Secreted and Mitochondrial Proteins Thursday, November 12, 2008 – 12:15pm Medical Sciences Building, Rm. 4279 University of Toronto I’ll see you there

Gairdner Talks Begin

Well this week the University of Toronto hosts the 50th anniversary of the Gairdner Foundation. If the Nobels are the Oscars of science, and the Lasker Awards the Golden Globes, this event is akin to the 50th anniversary of some big Hollywood studio. There are talks by many of today’s hottest science rock stars and…

It’s been a while

Today I used a pipette for the first time in three and a half months. What a strange feeling it is to work in one’s own lab. While I’ve been submitting papers and grants, my technician has been busy preparing solutions, ordering equipment and even performing a few “experiments” (if you can call transforming bacteria…

Go and check ’em out. 4th place – James E. Hayden, Anglerfish ovary (4X) For more visit http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/ This year’s event even got covered in the New York Times. And if you want to enter into next year’s competition the deadline for entries: April 30, 2010. Get clicking.