Rock Talk: New Reforms to Federal Grant Policies

Rebecca Helton, MA

In February last year I blogged about the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)’s request for comments on proposed federal grant policy reforms. These policies, contained in multiple documents …

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Rock Talk: PubMed Gets Interactive

Rebecca Helton, MA

Today NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM) is bringing a new way of sharing and exchanging research information, fully integrated with the PubMed website, to a wider audience. For …

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Rock Talk: FY13 by the Numbers

Rebecca Helton, MA

Application success rates, as I blogged about in December, declined in 2013 to a historic low. In fact, most of the numbers you are going to see throughout the Data Book …

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On Declining Gracefully

Rebecca Helton, MA

As the new semester begins, so come the invitations to serve on this committee or be part of that grant.  Trying to figure out graceful ways to decline?  Give our …

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Rock Talk: How Long Is an R01

The Edge for Scholars

The R01 research project grant is NIH’s mainstay grant mechanism and is used for much of our investigator-initiated research. When talking about about NIH funding, the subject that most …

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Finding Email Equilibrium

Rebecca Helton, MA

Since we’re all talking about taming our email, this week’s Link of the Week is an essay from Inside Higher Ed on Finding Email Equilibrium.

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How Saying No Helps Professors Find Their Focus

Rebecca Helton, MA

Productive professors use a variety of techniques to focus on what matters most. For many, blocking out large chunks of time for research, writing, and grant applications is key. That’…

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Cash-Strapped NIH May Ask Universities to Limit Grant Applications

Rebecca Helton, MA

At a time of dwindling federal budgets, the National Institutes of Health is considering one sure-fire way to raise record-low grant-approval rates: Have researchers apply for fewer grants. From the …

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7 Time-Management Tricks from Chris Hardwick, Man of 1,000 TV Shows

Rebecca Helton, MA

From Fast Company.  Do any of these seem helpful to you?  Surprising, or more common sense than anything else? (Speaking of going down internet rabbit holes, be warned that this …

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The Greatest Course You'll Ever Teach

Rebecca Helton, MA

What could I accomplish as an academic leader? Am I prepared for the role?  These questions confront each faculty member who considers becoming a director, chair or dean. Some may …

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