Disobedient Squirrel: An Interview with BethAnn McLaughlin

The Edge for Scholars

Winner of the 2018 MIT Disobedience Award talks about blogging, Fighty Squirrel, and #MeTooSTEM.

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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, August 6, 2016 The first stop on today’s schedule is a visit a place of political intrigue where climate change is still ‘hotly debated’, vaccines are […]

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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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Pending Budget Plan Spells Big Trouble for Higher Education

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

The GOP tax plan means big changes for Higher Education with graduate students and faculty feeling the crunch.

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Rock Talk: PubMed Gets Interactive

Rebecca Helton, MA

Today NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM) is bringing a new way of sharing and exchanging research information, fully integrated with the PubMed website, to a wider audience. For the last few months, NLM has been running a pilot of a commenting system for PubMed’s massive database of biomedical literature. The system, PubMed Commons, allows […]

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

The Edge for Scholars

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 began working at the FDA in August, 1960, one of 7 full time medical officers hired to review human drug applications. Early in […]

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It’s Not a One Size Fits All Approach: Best Practices for Engaging Minorities with SCD in Health Research

Tilicia Mayo-Gamble, PhD

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is an opportunity to call attention to the need for engaging patients in health research.

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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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Rock Talk: New Reforms to Federal Grant Policies

Rebecca Helton, MA

In February last year I blogged about the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)’s request for comments on proposed federal grant policy reforms. These policies, contained in multiple documents known as circulars, contain Fed-wide regulations on spending, not just for research grants. Many grantees and stakeholder organizations came forth and contributed comments. This information was […]

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The Newbie's Excellent Infographic Adventure

Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD

Newbies adventure in using an infographic to add clarity and impact to the release of a scientific publication.

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