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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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A Fussy, Stubborn and Unreasonable Woman: The Contributions of Frances Kelsey to Safety and Science

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Frances Oldham Kelsey.  This name may not ring a bell, but it should.  She died on August 7 at the age of 101.  But how does Dr. Kelsey affect you? Dr. Kelsey …

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Unicorns-106; Mike Huckabee's DNA Schedule-0

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

“Life begins at conception. This isn’t just a Biblical view — it’s affirmed by modern science and every unique human DNA schedule, which is present at conception.” – Mike Huckabee, …

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The Land of Monsters

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

For academics, being courageous is part of the deal. You fight for your ideas and observations in clear, concise language. You lay out a problem, share your data and propose …

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Rock and a Hard Place

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Yesterday Vanderbilt played host to NIH Director Francis Collins who spoke about “Exceptional Opportunities in Biomedical Research”.  Collins told a full house and an overflow room that big initiatives like …

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NIH News: New Genomic Data Sharing Policy

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Work in genetics and plan to submit a grant after January 25, 2015?  Then you should read the following: Implementation of the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy for NIH Grant Applications and …

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Rock Talk: Biosketch Changes and New Efforts to Maximize Fairness in Peer Review

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Changes to the Biosketch We’re set for a major change in how you portray your body of work when applying for NIH funds.  With strong support from NIH leadership, …

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News: Major Change to NIH Resubmission Policy

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[T]oday we have announced a policy change. While the new policy still allows a single resubmission per application, ideas that were unsuccessfully submitted as a resubmission (A1) may now …

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