Sorry, just a linky-lurve but you have to see this. Stephanie Z and a minion or two over at Almost Diamonds are giving hell to operatives of some homeopath supply house over the Zicam/Zinc/anosmia debacle.
An example of the antiFDA, antiBigPharmaAieee!! silliness is here:

How can you possibly fully support the FDA? Look at all of the terrible antipsychotics, SSRIs, and other drugs that are being fully approved to be prescribed for 20-30 years of use, when they have only been studied for on average 2 weeks. The FDA approves brain altering drugs, and they are prescribed to children, often 3-5 years old. People need to quit relying on the FDA to tell them what is safe, because they aren’t doing a great job. They do a good job, but not a great one. Vaccines, Antidepressants, and on and on, are dangerous, but fully approved because they make big money.

Go Play.


April 24, 2009

Another round of link blogging for my co-blogger who lives for these posts.
The inimitable Abel Pharmboy (and PharmGirl) on the compounding error which killed 21 Venezuelan polo ponies.

It is used to prevent a type of rhabdomyolysis, or life-threating skeletal muscle degradation, that can follow physical exertion after a period of inactivity (as one might expect for horses being transported to south Florida from Venezuela. Also known as equine rhabdomyolysis syndrome (EMS), tieing-up, or azouria, the syndrome has been associated with high carbohydrate diet and selenium deficiency.

Candid Engineer’s readers set her straight on when to stop doing paper reviews for the PI and when to insist on reviewing them in your own name in Bitch Work, Cont’d.

Now, I am an honest person, and if you are going to give me your bitch work, I want you to be honest about it. So perhaps a request from him to “review the manuscript for me” would have gone over a lot better in this neck of the woods.

doubledoc almost died, go tell her you are happy she didn’t.
DrJekyll&MrsHyde says: “When the PI’s away, the little bench mice shall play.”

…let me offer this hypothesis: in labs with involved, ever-looming PIs, lab members are more likely to skeeve off work when the PI is gone for significant periods; whereas in labs with fly-by PIs, lab members keep up their pace when said PI is gone.

Prof-Like Substance has peers that fear change:

Of course, these people would vote to send their parents to prison camps if it meant avoiding any sort of change, but they are a vocal lot and like to play the fear card adored by the Republican right. “Sure everything points to the fact that we can’t keep doing things like we are, but progressive change is bad…. because it’s change!”

Professor in Training quakes in her shoes, hits the head every 15 min and then knocks her talk out of the park.

1 hour to go: Hands won’t stop shaking. Try to hide the shakes when Dr J arrives, sits behind me and asks if I’m ok (he’s seen this happen before).
5 min to go: Drinking way too much water as tongue is stuck to roof of mouth. Feel Dr J pat me on the shoulder and hear him whisper something along the lines of “knock ’em dead.”
1 min to go: Why the fuck did I agree to this madness? I can’t fucking do this. I think I’m going to fucking die.

Happy Reading, DearReader! (don’t forget to vote)


Ha! You guys are awesome. And such nice handwriting you have…


Big ol’ Thanks d00d to Abel Pharmboy, ably assisted by Janet and sciC for making this happen!

I can’t believe this meme died and never came back. It’s pretty geek-alicious. Since there have been quite a few new scienc-y blogs launched in the interim, I thought I’d tag some folks with this.
I originally posted this one Nov 16, 2007 on the old blog. You might also be interested in the PhysioProf Conundrum.

David Ng of World’s Fair launches yet another meme, this one to establish your own scientific eponym. A few interesting offerings include the Teammate Desirability Factor, Stemwedel Index, Higgins-Levinthal Dictum, Gorton’s Law and Sciencewoman’s Law. You will note that these are faux equation heavy measures since, of course, you need to be “quantitative” to be a RealScientist. Gack.
In this post I am happy to present the DrugMonkey Scale as metric to evaluate the degree to which one is outraged upon reading blog entries or commentary supplied by readers. Feel free to use it on this blog and elsewhere :-).

Read the rest of this entry »

Wow. Just wow! Day 2 and already the ScienceBlogs’ters participation in the Bloggers Challenge is rocking.
I have also been already humbled and pleased by certain acts which I wish to acknowledge and thank.

Read the rest of this entry »

One of my agents passed along the link to BiomedExperts, the latest tool to geek away endless hours obsessing about your publications. Or, more precisely your cloud of scientific collaborators (and their collaborators….) linked through your co-authored publications.

Read the rest of this entry »

CNS-impact-teaser.jpgThis one is for the impact factor geeks. The ever engaging Lou of A scientist’s life has posted a graph reviewing the changes in the impact factors of Cell, Nature and Science from 1992-2006.
You’ll have to click through for the full graph but gee, there was a lot of action 2000-2002 wasn’t there? We don’t usually think of the relative rankings as being quite so….dynamic, over such short intervals, do we? Or is that just me since I never really pay attention to trends in any serious way.
This highlights yet another absurdity in the process of judging a CV by reviewing the journals listed. I can’t imagine anyone noting the publication year and mentally adjusting relative rankings by changes in absolute or relative Impact Factor. Maybe we should just go ahead and start itemizing CV entries with the appropriate IF for the relevant publication year?

Welcome to Alice Pawley who joins ScienceWoman over at “On being a scientist and a woman“. ScienceWoman writes:

Alice Pawley is a first-year faculty member in engineering education at Purdue University, and she’ll bring a wonderful new dimension to the stories on the blog. Alice and I “met” on the ‘net and she has a great writing voice and both a scholarly and personal perspective on women in STEM fields.

Yea! More science faculty blogging!

Alice’s research and professional interests center on gender perspectives and theories in engineering.

Now that sounds like fun! Looking forward to her stuff.

OMG! And now we find out Female Science Professor has talent for hilarious cartoons too? We are not worthy….

Click the picture for the rest…