Category Archives: Scientific meetings

Improv for scientific communication with Aniek Ivens

How I wish I understood you, but I have no idea what you are talking about. You seem friendly and animated and clearly love your research, but what is your question? Why do you like this figure so much? What … Continue reading

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What can you give others at a scientific meeting?

My undergraduate advisor, Richard Alexander of the University of Michigan once told me that there was nothing I could do better for my career than to give a great talk at a national meeting. Unfortunately, the converse was also true, … Continue reading

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An undergrad primer for attending scientific meetings

Undergraduates can benefit from attending scientific meetings even more if they have a plan. This plan should be focused around what you want to learn. The meeting overall will be broader than your specific interests, so it is good to … 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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Thought of going to a Gordon Research Conference on talking plants?

If I had some spare time, I would love to learn more about plant volatiles, so I would go to the GRC on them. Sometimes the best meetings are farthest from your expertise. If you go to such, GRC meetings … Continue reading

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Should you ask that question? Thoughts from NSF

I’m at the Advisory Committee for the Biology Directorate of the National Science Foundation. We have just had a powerful talk by Jim Olds Assistant Director of Biological Sciences on biology generally. (Assistant Director is Director as far as I … Continue reading

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Who is studying the rest of the eukaryotes? The protistologists!

It is a cabinet of marvels where Russians draw meticulous illustrations of spines and spikes, where mitochondria are optional but always leave their shadow, where roots are elusive, basic biochemical pathways variable, and new discoveries can be made at the … Continue reading

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