Big Words

Lucile Wrenshall, MD, PhD

Big words in academic writing - love 'em or leave 'em?

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The Joke's on You

The Edge for Scholars

What makes a funny joke?  What makes a strong grant application?  Sometimes, the same things. In the video below, Jerry Seinfeld describes his joke-writing process and takes the viewer through …

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Who Are You Really Talking To?

The Edge for Scholars

According to Morgan Giddings, creator of popular grant-writing resources and courses, you misunderstand the level at which you need to appeal to reviewers at study section.  While you may think …

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Ask Twitter: Best Tools for Collecting Articles

Aimee Edgeworth

Academic Twitter shares favorite tools for collecting articles relevant to your research field.

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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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A Recipe Gone Haywire (ARGH)

Lucile Wrenshall, MD, PhD

Do you like pesto and peanut butter but dislike acronyms? If so read on this post is for you!

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Go To SLEEP! The Five Things That Happen When You Don't Call It A Night

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

How many times have you sat down at your computer and worked way too late into the night writing a paper or grant only to find that in the cold …

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Abstract Roundup, Yee-Haw!

Aimee Edgeworth

Saddle up for this week's writing roundup featuring helpful resources for writing an abstract.

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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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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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