Rochester's Neuroscience Harassment Debacle Gives NIH Director a Chance to Tackle Harassment: Will He Take It?

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Rochester's neuroscience program has failed to protect trainees from harassment and faculty from retaliation. Look for swift action from NIH Director Collins

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News: NIH to Balance Sex in Cell and Animal Studies

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In 1993, the NIH Revitalization Act required the inclusion of women in NIH-funded clinical research. Today, just over half of NIH-funded clinical-research participants are women. We know much more about the role of sex and gender in medicine, such as that low-dose aspirin has different preventive effects in women and men, and that drugs such […]

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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 format from the NIH website.  The list of publications has been replaced by a “Contribution to Science” section, which will require you to […]

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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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Rock Talk: New Funding Opportunities with a Focus on Workforce Diversity

Rebecca Helton, MA

The biomedical research enterprise relies on engaging talented researchers from all groups, including individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. As I described earlier here on the blog, NIH has planned the launch of several programs to increase workforce diversity. I’m excited to let you know that on December 19 we issued the funding […]

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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 sequencing the human genome and making brain ‘connectomes’ are essential to sparking innovation and fundamentally changing both large and small science. Trickle down effects enable technological leaps even for smaller teams. […]

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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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News: NIH's Pathway to Independence Award Aims Younger

Rebecca Helton, MA

Eligibility period for K99/R00 awards shortens from five to four years after PhD.  View full article at Science.

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Awesome Science Videos for Kids (and Grown-Up Kids Too)

Rebecca Helton, MA

Have some fun--and learn things--with these STEM-centric selections on YouTube.

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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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