Big Numbers, Big Ideas: Pingsheng Wu

Rebecca Helton, MA

Pingsheng Wu, PhD, likes playing with numbers.  She combs through large amounts of data, such as hospital records and surveys, seeking the causes of disease.  Although she has worked with …

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Why You Should Work from a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office

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It sounds counter-intuitive, but working at a bustling coffee shop can be less distracting than working in a quiet office.  The change in environment also stimulates creativity, and chance encounters …

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Rock Talk: NIH Recovers a Significant Portion of Funds Lost Due to Sequestration

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Much good news here: Because of the increased NIH budget as compared to last year, and due to the cycle of out-year commitments, we should ultimately be making more competing …

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Rock Talk: Comparing Success Rates, Award Rates, and Funding Rates

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Let’s delve a bit deeper into one of your and my favorite topics: success rates. Most of you monitor success rates as an indicator of NIH funding trends but …

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Rock Talk: NIH Human Subjects Training Earns AMA CEUs

Rebecca Helton, MA

NIH supports critical research that advances human health, while protecting the rights and welfare of the research participants who are integral to research success. NIH’s human subjects protection policies …

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Putting It All Together: Kevin C. Ess

Rebecca Helton, MA

On a recent Monday, Kevin Ess found himself in the operating room helping guide a brain resection procedure for one of his patients with epilepsy.  Earlier that day, he collected …

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Productivity Tip #1: Have More Meetings (But Keep Them Short)

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Do your meetings take an hour to do what could’ve been accomplished in fifteen minutes?  Do you look with dread at the colorful blocks on your Outlook calendar telling …

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Why We All Need More Sleep (Really!)

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Do you have a sleep schedule, or is it more of an “I wish I had time to sleep” schedule?  Don’t laugh it off–getting enough sleep is critical …

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Jewels from Rock Talk

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The rumor patrol wants to squash the myth that R01s are getting shorter. A little over half of R01s awarded are five years in length. This has been …

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Here's What Happens When You Extend a Deadline

Rebecca Helton, MA

What happens when we move back deadlines — once we get past the initial feeling of sweet relief? Research suggests we have a lot of difficulty using our newly-found time wisely. …

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