Medical Woo and the Hidden Toxins that Are (Not) Killing You

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Today, the Fighty Squirrel was flipping around Facebook while in the lunch line, when a post from a friend about ‘HIDDEN TOXINS LURKING YOUR FOOD’ came across my screen. We squirrels consider themselves to be conservators of the earth as well as painfully overeducated in science, so this caught my attention. The post featured a very physically fit […]

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Safer Labs for Thea and Sheri: You Need a Lab Safety Reality Check

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Eakins-Coward (left) and Sangji (right) A recent explosion at the University of Hawaii science lab resulted in a 29-year-old visiting postdoctoral fellow losing her arm. Thea Eakins-Coward was working with gas cylinders in a biosafety level 2 laboratory in the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute when a reagent ignited causing her to lose and arm and sustain […]

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Updated! March Madness Brackets for STEM Education

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

UPDATED! We funded our first SIX projects of 2016! See new project below  Are you ready for the madness? Over here on The Edge for Scholars, we’ve picked up on a Twitter science tradition of doing NCAA Men’s Basketball Brackets to benefit STEM education.  This year, we are trying to fund a student-lead engineering STEM program […]

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Microscopes, Butterflies, Owl Puke...And More

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Thank you!  We raised $3597 in three days funding seven STEM education projects for little kids and big kids all over the country. DonorsChoose.org is a fabulous organization. It gives all the money donated directly to the classrooms to fund exactly the programs the children need. No money is wasted and you know who you […]

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Stop the Slapfest: Why Scientists Need to Step Up in Support of a Cancer Moonshot

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

In the State of the Union address, President Obama challenged scientists with a John F Kennedy-inspired “moonshot” of curing cancer backed by a one billion dollar funding pledge. Obama’s announcement came on the heels of the death of Vice President Biden’s son Beau, whose life was cut short by brain cancer in 2015. Roughly ten […]

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From Bench Scientist to Policy Analyst

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Being a principal investigator with tons of grant funding is awesome.  But what if it’s not quite for you?  Chronicle Vitae recently ran an interview with Dr. Chris Pickett, a science policy analyst at the American Society for Biomechmistry and Molecular Biology who analyzes how public policy affects scientists, from funding to training to regularory […]

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Congress Likely to Give NIH $2 Billion Funding Increase

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A federal omnibus spending bill released early today gives a $2 billion funding increase to NIH, the biggest increase in more than 12 years. Scientists, patients and familes have been urged by many of their member socieities such as FASEB to voice their support of increased funding by contacting their congress person TODAY using template […]

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Nifty Things from Open Mike

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NIH’s Rock Talk is now Open Mike, a blog by Dr. Michael Lauer, the Deputy Director for Extramural Research.  He and his team have been posting some cool stuff over the last couple of months: Lab Size: Is Bigger Better? A video from the director of NIGMS comes to the conclusion that a diverse variety […]

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Nut Up, Faculty

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

As the fall leaves begin to make their way earthbound, undergrads scurry around campus and you find yourself hunkering down in blanket on a brisk evening or two, Fighty Squirrel is here to remind you, beloved faculty, it’s time to nut up. Paperwork, students, evaluations and talk requests now likely overwhelm you now that it’s officially Fall.  With […]

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Detouring Around the IRB: New Regulations from HHS

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The Department of Health and Human Services proposed revisions this week to modernize regulations protecting the safety of research participants.  One of the most important results of the proposed changes is that some studies that currently must undergo IRB review would become exempt, and those that normally request an exemption wouldn’t need any review at […]

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