This post originally appeared at the old site May 22, 2007.


Lots of bashing of the peer review process lately. Admittedly Orac has a nice counter, directed at forces external to science but highly relevant to on-the-bus complainers. [Update: another comment on peer review from NeuroLogica]
I have some unusually un-cynical thoughts today.

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This post originally appeared at the old site Oct. 4, 2007.


Many academic honor codes boil down to two essential statements, namely “I will not cheat and I will not tolerate those who do“. For “cheat” you may read any number of disreputable activities including plagiarism and research fraud. My alma mater had this sort of thing, I know the US military academies have this. Interestingly a random Google brings up some which include both components (Davidson College, Notre Dames, Florida State Univ (which as been in the academic cheating news lately), and some which do not (CU Boulder, Baylor); Wikipedia entry has a bunch of snippet Honor Codes. The first component, i.e. “don’t cheat” is easily comprehended and followed. The second component, the ” I will not tolerate those who do” part is the tricky one.

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Our good blogfriend JuniorProf has launched a campaign to explain why pain research matters. I am already learning lots of stuff from his older posts. Also from observations such as this one at Almost Diamonds and this one from Zuska.
The thing that caught my eye recently, though, was this post:
Drug discovery in academia and NIH, a new type of U01

This brings us to the bane of drug discovery: absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME). This is something that industry does very well.

ADME in academia, well, let’s just say, not so much. The reasons for this are likely pretty simple: its an important area of drug development but not the most exciting, by any stretch of the imagination (sorry you ADME specialists), and it often requires all sorts of rather expensive testing in model organisms that aren’t used often in academic labs. Its also highly compound-specific and this makes grant writing very hard (or so I hear).

JuniorProf then goes on to make an argument for why drug development should be done in academia and how that might work best. He then describes a recent NIH initiative that is trying to support some academic drug development effort.
Go read. Follow @juniorprofblog on Twitter or perhaps just the #painresearchmatters hashtag.

The banner

July 26, 2010

Huh, you know what? The original plan was to get started here on ScienceBlogs with a plain banner and then after a few weeks have one of those banner contests so the brilliant and creative readers could come up with something.
Wow, has it been so long? And the first time I changed the banner was for the strike.
Now it is starting to grow on me. What do you think?

Midsummer Blogrolling

July 26, 2010

Ok, while I’m on housekeeping chores, might as well get this one out of the way. Been a little light on the Latest 24 Hrs channel lately hasn’t it? What with all the people leaving ScienceBlogs and the Strike and all there has not really been the same level of activity around here.
So I have a charge for you. Take a look down the blogroll (appended below), yes even if you are a regular reader. Find a link that is new to you, click over there and find us all something interesting to read. Bring it back over here and drop a link in the comments, eh? Oh, and make a comment on that site about what great stuff you think it is, will ya? (only please, DearReader, do not leave one of those assy comments saying “I came over here from DrugMonkey” because those make my skin crawl.)
If you’ve read every thing on the blogroll and can’t find any blogs you haven’t seen before, well, give me something new for the blogroll!

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A design change

July 26, 2010

I’m anticipating making some design changes for ye old swagge shoppe in the near future. Since it is just the free version of Cafepress I’ll have to take down the old designs to do so.
Thought I’d put out a last call on the old stuff for a week or so. They look like the following.
HoodedSweatshirt.jpgTshirtBlack1.jpg
CapTshirt1.jpgTshirtBack1.jpg
In case you didn’t know, you can also get items related to ScienceBlogs.com, Adventures in Ethics and Science, On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess, A Blog Around the Clock, Greg Laden’s Blog and Digital Biology.
The in situ images are after the jump.

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This pretty much tells it as it is.

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