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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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