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A Physicist on Physiology

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Since physiology is near and dear to my heart, I thought I’d quickly post a quote that caught my attention from a blog on “What is Physiology?” Physiological processes are dynamic processes that aim at preserving a constant physical and chemical internal environment. This is an important point. Physiology is much about regulation, that is,…

Journal Access as Part of the ROI Calculation

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A recent news article from Science Insider described the results of a study showing that by making access to journal articles from publically funded research (eg, NSF, NIH, etc), the return on investment for the funding agencies would increase substantially. A proposal in Congress would extend the policy to 11 more research agencies and shorten NIH’s 12-month delay to…

Outsourcing the Soft Skills?

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I saw this news article on naturejobs.com the other day, about how young investigators are struggling with needing additional training in “soft skills,” beyond their years of training as scientists. With regard to communication skills: Career counsellors say that young researchers must also be good communicators, able to explain their work to the taxpayers who often indirectly…

Acknowledging the Mansucript Editor?

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The Council of Science Editors recently made available on their Web site selected presentations from their 2010 Annual Meeting. I was particularly interested in the presentation from Devora Krischer, ELS, on “Banishing the Ghost: Examining the Role of Science Writers.” The controversy over ghostwriting impacts what I do every day – in most cases, I provide substantial editing and…

Geeking Out Over Science Maps

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A few months ago, I covered the First Annual International Conference on the Science of Team Science (SciTS). For a brief description if SciTS, check out the Wiki entry I helped write here. In an even smaller nutshell, SciTS is the study of how science is done collaboratively, by teams of researchers. Funding agencies are particuarly interested in how successful…

Bloom’s Taxonomy and the Genesis of a Scientist

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I was introduced to Bloom’s taxonomy in 6th grade, and ever since, I have been hyperaware (sometimes to my detriment) of what part of the wheel I was operating on. Am I just learning and regurgitating? Or am I applying what I learned? Am I able to create new things based on this knowledge or…

The Science Editor’s Point of View (or why I prefer the laptop to the bench)

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When faced with a substantive editing job of complex scientific manuscript or grant, it really doesn’t matter what the content is. I approach it all the same way. It’s a story. Scientific research—and I’m speaking from my experience in the life sciences, but I think it’s true for research in general—falls into two categories: observational…

Time Debting is my New Thing

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So I started to get serious about going freelance back in April, and four months on, I think the hardest part for me has been the ebb and flow of my schedule (and cashflow). And then there’s this nagging little voice in my head that is constantly reminding me that time is money. Now it…

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