Good science happens because of good people – thoughts on coauthorship

The title of this post if often how I end my talks and show that even though I’ve been the one talking for the last 45-50 minutes, there’s a whole cadre of students, mentors, and collaborators behind the science. And I will admit that I have had, on the whole, generally good experiences with coauthors. Perhaps so much so that when things don’t go as smoothly, I really notice it. And I’ve only had one…

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2019 goals

I’ve done an end-of-year “By the Numbers” post for the last 6 years, but last year was the first time I did a looking-forward post on goals for the year ahead. How’d it go? Well, one of the long-languishing projects got submitted in December. The other remains largely untouched Research kickstarted: tick! Grant application: err, no. Sigh. First main supervisor PhD student: Yep! And there’s still a week to apply if anyone’s interested! Museum digitisation:…

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2018 by the numbers

Read previous years’ By the Numbers: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013   17 The number of new posts this year. I had aimed for 18, and this was much closer than I thought I would get. I really enjoyed the Pride Month span, but doubt I could keep up that pace in 2019. The top 10 this year were: Personal academic websites for faculty & grad students: the why, what, and how What LGBTQ+ folk in STEM want to…

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Back by demand: Queer in STEM AMA & What Straight Colleagues Should Know

Over the summer, I put out two calls for feedback, both around being LGBTQ+ in science. One for folks to ask me questions about being gay/queer in science [original post here; responses here], and the other flipped the question on its head, asking LGBTQ+ scientists what they wish their straight colleagues knew about being LGBTQ+ in science [original post here; responses here]. I’ve had a couple of requests to open these back up, and so…

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Suggestions for responding to reviewer comments

One of the often frustrating things about the scientific process is finally getting the manuscripts published. This is true of reports, theses, journal articles, white papers, and more. Anything that undergoes any mechanism of external review where a response is needed. Journal manuscripts are the most common in my line of work, so that’s where I’ll focus, though this applies elsewhere, too. When scientists submit manuscripts to a journal, journal editors who think the submission…

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Reflections on 13 years as an out scientist

As I was cooking dinner tonight, it dawned upon me that 13 years ago I made a decision that would would have a profound impact on my personal and professional life: I came out. Or, more accurately, I came out for the first time. I wrote a bit about it earlier this summer: On September 15th, 2005 after getting home from the lab, I realised I had to tell someone, so I called up one of…

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What LGBTQ+ folk in STEM want to communicate to straight colleagues: unedited responses

Last week, I put a call out for things that LGBTQ+ folk in STEM wished their straight friends & colleagues could instantly understand. I had previously put together a list of “required reading/viewing“, and was drawing up my own list for a future talk on the hidden diversity in science. The dozen responses I had were all incredibly useful, and things that I had thought about (though perhaps not articulated as well as the respondents).…

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What do LGBTQ+ folk in STEM want to communicate to our straight colleagues?

Whenever I’m asked to give a research seminar, I always include a little queer content. Most of the time, this is a shout out at the end when I show my last slide with contact info, website, and Twitter handle, where I give a shout out to LGBTQ+ STEM, which I help run. But lately I’ve started developing a different kind of seminar, aimed at telling the story of my journey as a gay/queer man…

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The STEM LGBTQ&A

Its July. Pride month has wrapped, though some parades will continue through the summer. It was a fairly busy month, blog-wise, for me, largely because The Lab and Field had been so quiet in the last few years (apologies). But one post from June stood out as the one that garnered more feedback than most – my LGBT STEM Q&A / Ask Me Anything. And I’ve had a couple of people say they had wished they…

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