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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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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New NIH Biosketch Format Required Starting January 25, 2015

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The NIH will begin requiring biosketches in the new, five-page format for all applications submitted on or after January 25, 2015.  (Read the announcement.)  You can download a sample of the new …

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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 …

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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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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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Desk Guide for Scientists: Working with Media

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Have you fumbled in front of a camera or wished you could answer a question differently after a reporter’s already filed the story?  Haven’t yet, but think you …

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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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Community Engagement and the Befuddled Academic

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

When I wrote my first Op/Ed piece as a faculty member, I was scared of out my mind.  I read and re-read our faculty handbook, asked everyone I could …

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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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