Role for Science Blogging

September 26, 2007

A bit early in the game for me to get reflective but motivations come as they will. A note from Dr. Free-Ride of Adventures in Ethics and Science indicates that members of her department (presumably the advocates!) felt strongly that her blogging efforts should be a component of her tenure dossier. The good Professor Orzel of Uncertain Principles indicates that he’s fully out of the closet with respect to blogging, particularly since signing a book deal resulting from a blog posting. Read the rest of this entry »


September 25, 2007

It is a StockCritique of grant review and promotion/tenure review alike.

The concern is related to the tendency we have to assume that the most senior person involved in a research collaboration is the one “really” calling the shots. The one providing the most sophisticated intellectual ideas and creativity.  The one in charge. The assumption in the “independence”critique is that the person criticized may not have what it takes to succeed or excel scientifically “on their own” and is thus not worthy of promotion or the stewardship of a major grant award. Is this a valid criterion? Read the rest of this entry »

SfN07: The Caffeinery

September 24, 2007

The whole point of going to coffee is, going to coffee. You know, getting up off your behind and walking away from your usual environment to think, proof a paper or really focus on discussions with colleagues. [Okay, that and getting your loading dose on. You can get your pharmacological hit from the stands inside the convention center but how much fun is that?] If you really need to “go to coffee”, there are options. Read the rest of this entry »

The CSR indicates an upcoming move to any-time submission of grants for investigators appointed to study sections in the latest Peer Review Notes. This extends the prior (and continuing) policy whereby all (ad hoc or empaneled) reviewers can take advantage of a ~two week grace period past the regular deadlines if, say, your reviews are due the week of the regular deadline. The new version: Read the rest of this entry »

Blogrolling: DrugLawBlog

September 21, 2007

I try to stay away from the public policy implications of drug abuse science because it gets into stupid repetitive arguments and generally the science is beside the point anyway. Especially when we’re talking about marijuana, MDMA and alcohol.

The DrugLawBlog has some interesting viewpoints, one recent one on the increase in prescription drug recreational use is of note.  A teaser:

the annual Monitoring the Future study, with high-school age kids reporting using drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin in significant numbers.

Is this a cause for panic?

Not necessarily. It may actually be a good thing.

Because if people — even young people whom we care about deeply — are going to use recreational drugs, it’s a hell of a lot better for them to be using pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter drugs than to buy heroin or cocaine on the street.

I’m adding this site to the blogroll…

SfN07: Our weather sucks here

September 21, 2007

Apropos of starting to bear down on some social obligations for the Society for Neuroscience Annual meeting I’m reminded of something. Might be useful for those of you who think SD is an unrelenting paradise. Our weather is terrible. Read the rest of this entry »

They got me at last

September 21, 2007

LOL is teh stupidz.

Yeh bttu fnee smtimez.

Neh it fracgink aint! Read the rest of this entry »