The Joke's on You

The Edge for Scholars

What makes a funny joke?  What makes a strong grant application?  Sometimes, the same things. In the video below, Jerry Seinfeld describes his joke-writing process and takes the viewer through …

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Who Are You Really Talking To?

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According to Morgan Giddings, creator of popular grant-writing resources and courses, you misunderstand the level at which you need to appeal to reviewers at study section.  While you may think …

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Healthcare Communication Fellowship Applications Now Open

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The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare wants YOU, for values of you who include those with an interest in developing a career in health communication research or education. Current …

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Mentorship, Pharmacogenetics, and the Power of Play: Richard Ho

Rebecca Helton, MA

Although he didn’t originally envision a career in pediatric oncology, Richard Ho fell in love with it during a rotation in his fourth year of medical school.  The relationships …

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Peer Behind the Study Section Curtain

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Register for the Mock Study Section at Translational Science 2017. All pre- and postdoctoral trainees as well as early career faculty can participate in the Mock Study Section at Translational Science 2017.  …

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Managing a Budget as a New Investigator

Rebecca Helton, MA

Got your R and the realities of budget management sinking in? Want to prepare yourself financially to get to that R? Three newly independent investigators at Vanderbilt shared their wisdom …

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Three (Grant) Peeves in a Pod: Check Yourself

Cranky Reviewer

Reviewers review. We will notice. These fresh mistakes straight from study section: 1.) Please agree with yourself. If the abstract says n = 110, the aims say 100, the statistical section says 110, and the …

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Write Like a Boss: Five Minutes to Better Science Writing

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

If your writing is starting to look a little frayed around the edges and lacking that enthusiastic zing you had when you first got to the keyboard, its time for …

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Finally! Data on What Study Section Really Cares About

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

In 2009, NIH revamped their scoring system asking reviewers to provide numbers ranging from 1 (best) to 9 (worst) assessing applications Environment, Investigator, Innovation, Approach, and Significance. NIH has emphasized Innovation (insert jazz …

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Buckle Your Seatbelts, Motherf*$%ers...This is How You Start a Grant

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Fighty Squirrel’s ninja-in-training Amy Palubinsky sent me this fabulous bit of prose she found on the interwebs. I absolutely believe all specific aims pages should be at least this …

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