Really? We’re going to tax students now?

I thought it necessary to interrupt my regularly scheduled post this week to highlight tax legislation that was recently passed by the United States House of Representatives last week (a similar plan is currently under consideration at in the United States Senate). Specifically, this legislation is concerning in how it potentially increases the tax burden for university students, faculty, and staff, while depleting resources for financial aid, research and teaching. For further background, you’ll find…

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Addressing gender inequality in science: Male role models wanted

“I shouldn’t be here,” said David Kent to a mostly female audience in Berlin which barely filled the first few rows of the lecture theatre. Dr. Kent, a scientist based in Cambridge, U.K. was referring to the struggle by the organizers to find a male research group leader, working in Germany, who was willing to talk about gender equality in science. Herein lies the problem. On October 9, 2017 the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular…

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New idea for driving scientific debate in your journal club: PREreview

The eLife folks directed me to a very interesting link the other day — an article published on eLife Labs that encouraged scientists across the world to engage with research articles before they have been peer reviewed. (For those who do not know eLife Labs, it’s the place where all the new and cool things that try to change the scientific publishing racket are brought to the fore — I encourage a regular look-see!) Preprint servers such as arXiv and bioRxiv are…

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New idea for driving scientific debate in your journal club: PREreview

The eLife folks directed me to a very interesting link the other day — an article published on eLife Labs that encouraged scientists across the world to engage with research articles before they have been peer reviewed. (For those who do not know eLife Labs, it’s the place where all the new and cool things that try to change the scientific publishing racket are brought to the fore — I encourage a regular look-see!) Preprint servers such as arXiv and bioRxiv are…

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