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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Being Really You and Really Professional on Social Media

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Is there a difference between what you’d post for your colleagues versus what you’d post for your group of close friends? Is censoring yourself on social media difficult …

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Face It: Your Decks Will Never Be Cleared

Rebecca Helton, MA

One of the most widespread myths in academic writing is that you can, and should, try to “clear the decks”—that is, finish all of your other obligations before you …

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To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem

Rebecca Helton, MA

If you look under the Self-Help heading on Amazon, you’ll find roughly 5,000 books listed under the subhead Self-Esteem. The vast majority of these books aim to not only tell …

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A Monday Morning Giggle from The Onion

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

In grad school, a new investigator was pressuring me to come to his lab to study the molecular basis of learning in sea slugs. Sea slugs are dreadful little creatures …

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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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News: NIH Awards $31 Million to Enhance Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce

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The National Institutes of Health announced the award of nearly $31 million in fiscal year 2014 funds to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, …

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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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Academic Social Media Tangles: The Evolving Tale of Jennifer Berdahl

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

An interesting thing is happening to our northern neighbors. Several prominent academics have been asked by their universities to “ix-nay on the talky-say about work-hey”. Academics are built to gather …

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Understanding Asthma: Kecia Carroll

Rebecca Helton, MA

As the most common chronic diseases of childhood, asthma and other allergic diseases represent a “substantial burden on children in terms of quality of life, missed school days, and impact …

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