Write Like a Boss: Five Minutes to Better Science Writing

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

If your writing is starting to look a little frayed around the edges and lacking that enthusiastic zing you had when you first got to the keyboard, its time for …

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So You Want to Be On An Editorial Board? Some Protips for That.

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

A mere month ago, I was a humble researcher with an amazingly cool lab. But this month, things are different. I’ve been named a Reviewing Editor at a society …

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Buckle Your Seatbelts, Motherf*$%ers...This is How You Start a Grant

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Fighty Squirrel’s ninja-in-training Amy Palubinsky sent me this fabulous bit of prose she found on the interwebs. I absolutely believe all specific aims pages should be at least this …

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Exciting AND Consistent? Verbs and Nouns in Scientific Writing

Rebecca Helton, MA

Pop quiz: Which of these sentences is more interesting? 1. We did the experiment, and it was a vivid example of the power of broccoli to make kids gag. 2. We performed …

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Women and URMs, Peer Review Needs You. Here's Why and How to Get On That.

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

UPDATED! Awesome update on our call for URM and women reviewers: After lots of awesome feedback and 63 folks signing up, its clear that trainees and PIs turned out in droves. …

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Walk the Dog: How Writing Every Day Can Make a Project Seem Less Daunting

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

In her Chronicle Vitae article, Joli Jensen equates her daily writing time with walking the dog. That is, many people view their writing obligations as “wild beasts, lurking in the …

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Pearls of Wisdom from Study Section Members

The Edge for Scholars

Sitting with a stack of 40 grants to review is a sure way to get focused on what makes a grant submission strong. The following pointers are from Dr. Chris Eischen, …

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Understanding H. pylori: Meira Epplein

Rebecca Helton, MA

Meira Epplein, PhD, came to epidemiology by a more scenic route than most. She has always been fascinated by China, from Chinese art to culture and modern history. After getting …

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Nature: The Plight of Young Scientists

Rebecca Helton, MA

A recent news feature in Nature highlighted challenges facing early career scientists, from pressure to publish to shrinking funding and the increasing length of time before reaching research independence. Early …

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Why Your Favorite Journals Need to Put a Dog in the Ethics Fight*

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

There is nothing an journal editor loves more than seeing a late night email from my best friend, Paul Brookes, in their mailbox. Paul is a genius. Well, technically he’…

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