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Ten steps to optimizing learning at large conferences
Active conference attendance can make all the difference in how much you learn at a large meeting with a blizzard of overlapping sessions, posters, and eating venues. A few steps before, during and after can help you get the most … Continue reading
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Remembering Bill Loomis, a Dictyostelium colleague
Bill leaned towards me, slightly lopsided but intent, holding a glass of white wine at an angle that almost kept it from spilling on me. It was clear he wanted to figure out what I was up to, not quite … Continue reading
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Why is your lab group so separate from your department?
Few things in research are more exciting than watching ideas build as one person augments the thinking of another. Each can arrive at a place unanticipated and impossible from lone thinking. I feel almost euphoric when this happens. It may … Continue reading
Posted in Collaboration, Creativity, New ideas, Scientific community Tagged collaboration, creativity, innovation, isolation, new ideas 1 Comment
No, you can’t acknowledge me in your paper without asking!
Most scientific papers have a brief acknowledgements section where people who helped in some small way with the study are mentioned. It used to be the place where the technicians, often female, who might have done all the work were … Continue reading
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How to transform research in your field – does Rockefeller University have the answer?
Imagine you have a decade or so to transform research in your field. What would you do? Would you stop doing whatever you are doing to do things differently? What is a transformation anyway? I am thinking about this because … Continue reading
Don’t you want to share your slides? Here’s an easy way to do it!
A friend of mine here at Wash U, Liz Dorland, shares all her talks. She works on effective science teaching, so I refer to her talks often. Liz uses Slideshare for this. Since she discovered it, it might be good … Continue reading
Why aren’t you an evolutionist?
We have ecologists, economists, sociologists, and biologists. We have Marxists, capitalists, artists, and psychologists. We even have the tongue twisting physicists. Why don’t we call ourselves evolutionists? Well, one of us does, D. S. Wilson. Think what you will of … Continue reading
Posted in Scientific community Tagged Biology, ecology, evolution, names, science 11 Comments