“…I think it’s a Lurker!”
November 30, 2007
A little discussion over at Young Female Scientist reminded me of the suggestion in a Nature editorial that this summer’s RFI from the NIH to solicit input on the peer review and grant funding process drummed up about 2,000 responses.[Update 12/05/07: This ppt from Tabak claims about 2600 responses to the RFI.]
Going by the usual ratios that comments to blogs represent maybe 10% of readers at best, well, YFS alone must have a fairly large population of disgruntled grad students and postdocs reading her blog. The number of ScienceWoman, Female Science Professor and similar blogs must have another huge population of women scientists who have at least some objections to the WayThingsAreDone in NIH land.
I just don’t get the Lurker mode or phenotype when it comes to these issues that directly affect the career. Blogs are one thing, just a little lunch hour entertainment. But NIH funding policies and directions that are going to affect your future for some time to come and you can’t be bothered to drop the NIH a note? Who ARE these people?
(Title is a nod to another favorite book of the Spawn)