Good Collaboration… Bad Collaboration

Since I have had the opportunity to do science under my own terms, I’ve had the chance to set up some collaborations. I wasn’t trained in this- for much of my training we never collaborated with anyone… so I didn’t have any examples of what were good collaborations… and what was to be avoided at all costs. The few collaborations I was part of during the later part of my training were kind of a mixed bag- some great, some so-so. For my own group I’m shooting for Continue reading

When is enough, enough?

I’ve been irritable about that manuscript that got submitted without me having had a chance to even look at it prior to submission. When I did read it, I realized that a significant number of the figures and the corresponding figure legends were missing. So, turns out I didn’t even have much of the data. I had some correspondence Continue reading

REALLY out of the loop…

Ok, this time I mean REALLY out of the loop and I dislike being out of the loop in this way. Here’s the story. I am out of the office because the wonderful woman who takes care of my two daughters during the summer has the day off (I’m working Saturday- just in case you think I’m a lazy slacker). I received an email- with an attached manuscript. The email to which the manuscript is attached basically says- dear co-authors- we are submitting this manuscript today. Today- this morning actually- with that email- is the first time I have laid eyes on this manuscript to which I am a co-author. Continue reading

Who are you, and what are you doing here and why do you keep looking at me!?

In the spirit of a little market research… Drugmonkey has a post up to invite his readers to comment on who they are and why the frequent his place of blog…apparently this is going on at a few other blogs as well including Not Exactly Rocket Science by Ed Yong, and Courtnix at A Blog Around The Clock… here are the operative questions which I am lifting directly from Drugmonkey… who lifted directly from Ed…

Tell me about you. Who are you? Do you have a background in science? If so, what draws you here as opposed to meatier, more academic fare? And if not, what brought you here and why have you stayed? Let loose with those comments.

Oh what the hell, let’s play along shall we? Tell me who you are and why you are here at BLC…

Out of the loop…

Ok, I’ve been out of town at a meeting … as you know or have surmised by the lack of blog on my site. Anyway, since I’ve not been writing, I’ve also not been reading… but some of my favorite bloggers have been hard at work. I’ve been slowly catching up (I’ll never catch up with cracker-gate) but I came across a couple of posts caught my eye. Totally separate topics.

The first is a post by Physioprof over at Feministeabout gender inequity in science…and why legal remedies are inadequate to address this problem- so go on over there and read the whole thing. I read this post and found it a little scary how close PP has come to nearly exactly describing some of the experiences I have had Continue reading

Meeting invigoration and exhaustion.

So, we are in the home stretch… the final evening of the meeting that I am currently attending. It’s a small meeting- all the right players are here. For me it has been alternately up and down, in my current state I am alternately very enthusiastic about science, and depressed by the sad state of funding etc etc. These sentiments seems to reflect the mood of many of the attendees however. Stories of everyone else’s Continue reading