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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How to Talk to People Who Don't Want to Talk to You

The Edge for Scholars

“You’re more interested in what you have to say than anyone else is,” said 60 Minutes’ Andy Rooney. Do any of these sound familiar? “I’m busy. Can you come …

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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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Nifty Things from Open Mike

The Edge for Scholars

NIH’s Rock Talk is now Open Mike, a blog by Dr. Michael Lauer, the Deputy Director for Extramural Research.  He and his team have been posting some cool stuff …

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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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Community Engagement and the Befuddled Academic

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

When I wrote my first Op/Ed piece as a faculty member, I was scared of out my mind.  I read and re-read our faculty handbook, asked everyone I could …

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Cool Jobs

Rebecca Helton, MA

I stumbled across this article about a chemistry professor who did science advising for Breaking Bad.  That sounds like an awesome gig.  Does anyone have any stories about opportunities that …

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New NIH Biosketch Format Requirement Moved to May 25, 2015

Rebecca Helton, MA

Rest easy if you have a February NIH grant submission.  The new format for biosketches will not be required until May 25, 2015.  Stay tuned for more information about a panel discussion …

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Peering into Peer Review

The Edge for Scholars

Why don’t proposals given better scores by the National Institutes of Health lead to more important research outcomes? Michael Lauer’s job at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) …

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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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