The Fighty Squirrel is very thin pseud for a molecular and cellular neurobiology type who runs a lab studying neurodegeneration. She is mother to a 14yo half child/half honey badger and 16yo half child/half border collie and a Reviewing Editor at Journal of Neuroscience. She also sort of a badass at air hockey. She speaks for herself unless her employer likes it, in which case it's patented.
Vanderbilt School of Medicine
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- A Big Step Forward in Standardizing Rules for Authorship
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- Women: If You Want First Author Publications, Have a Female Boss
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- Reality Check: It's Not Your Data
- How to Make Your Team Stand Out When Interviewing Prospective Students
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- Year 15 as a PI. Spoiler, It's a Still a Challenge
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- TIME Names University Silence Breakers People of the Year
- Gifts Your STEM Buddies + Lab Friends Really Want This Holiday Season
- Brene Brown Offers Academics A Thoughtful Way To Do a Reboot
- Alice Soragni's Hot Takes on Year One of Being a PI
- NIAAA Steps Up with Great Addiction Outreach Tool
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- Pending Budget Plan Spells Big Trouble for Higher Education
- Harvard Study Shows Bias, Not Behavior, Is Why Women Aren't Advancing
- I'm Not Your Mom and Other News About Females in STEM
- Dear Sen Warren: A Primer on Being a Woman in Science
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- Rolling Out Academic Bling for Edge for Scholars Users
- Handy Guide to Showing PostDoc Appreciation All Year Long
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- "Psst....Pass Me Those Aims?" How You Can See Everyone's Full Grant Application.
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- Profs on Drugs: JAMA Highlights Use of Cognitive Enhancers
- Shields Up: Being A Science Leader in Tough Times
- More Bad News on the Greying of NIH PI's
- Point_Mutation Gives a Master Class in Scientists as Wackaloons.
- Nature Suggests UK Follow US Lead on Academic Sexual Harassment. Please Don't.
- Cancel Your Talks: A Way for Academics to Make a Statement Against Hatred
- What Google and Academia Still Don't Understand About Safety
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- Radical Candor: Can It Work for Academics?
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- Donna Webb: Missing Out on a Genius Lunch Buddy
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- Females in Basic Sciences Get Seriously Screwed in Startup Packages. Knowledge is Power, So Plan Your Ask Accordingly.
- When Polite Isn't Going to Cut It: Calling Out Everyday Sexism at Conferences
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- Queer Science Stories Needed 🌈
- NIH to PIs: In Current Funding Climate, Three R01s Is Enough
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- Advice for My Graduating Students
- Academic Reads: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
- Time Management for Profs Who Hate Time Tracking
- Glam Journals Whiff Again with More Bad Mentoring and Career Advice
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- Nature Conspiracy Theories
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- Darwins' Balls Update!
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- The Olympics of Pain: Tag Me Out
- Tired Reviewer Request: Set Your Models Free!
- Academics! Play with Darwins' Balls to Fund STEM Education
- You ARE an Impostor. Six Life Altering Steps to Fix That.
- Leave Your Island. Career Inspiration from Richard Blanco
- Dr. Stephen Korn on NINDS Workforce Development
- Batman and Robin: Woes and Wins in Picking Collaborators
- Getting Evaluated - Time to Bite the Bullet and Ask If You're a Jerk
- A Peek Inside Study Section: The Riff Raff Edition
- Mensches, Mentors and Badasses: My Science Valentines
- Don't Miss the Deal Breakers: Nine Questions for New Lab Staff Hires
- Go Pee. Academic Management Lessons I Learned from Audie Cornish.
- How to Interview the Hell Out of Academic Job Candidates
- Another Cautionary Tale on "Tailgaiting": Brigham and Women's Interloper Evades Hospital Security
- It's National Science Meeting Time! Nine Protips on Meeting, Greeting and Getting It Done Like a Rockstar
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- Sunday Long Reads: Alternative Science Facts , Health Disparity Fixes and Winners!
- Write Like a Boss: Five Minutes to Better Science Writing
- So You Want to Be On An Editorial Board? Some Protips for That.
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- Nine New Year's Resolutions for Academics
- Buckle Your Seatbelts, Motherf*$%ers...This is How You Start a Grant
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- Walk the Dog: How Writing Every Day Can Make a Project Seem Less Daunting
- NIH Director, Time to Bring Science to the People American Ninja Warrior Style
- Community Engagement and the Befuddled Academic
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- Up Your Academic Gift Game - Your Worker Bees Will LOVE This
- Excellent Read for the Optimistic Academic: Give and Take by Adam Grant
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- FFS: Faculty Dispairty, Violence and Starvation
- Why Your Favorite Journals Need to Put a Dog in the Ethics Fight*
- Scientific Societies Are Failing Academics: Five Ways to Do Better and Get More
- End of Summer Academic Sanity Saver: Post Undergrad Lab Jobs Now!
- Are Your LGBTQ Trainees Safe: Thoughts on Life Post Orlando
- Take a Quick Peek at Your University's Financial Outlook Here
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