Category Archives: Funding

The Scientific Cost of Reflexive Ass-Covering

Or to use the term of art, proactive crisis management (rinses vomit out of mouth; boldface mine): If they [NIH researchers] want to leave, though, to meet with scientists around the world at scientific and medical conferences, they spend their … Continue reading

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Postdocs of the World, Unite!

By way of the Mad Biologist’s far-flung global network of correspondents, we come across this depressing postdoc-related story about the University of Maryland (boldface mine): Beginning postdoctoral students at this university could see a title change due to a University … Continue reading

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The Importance of Surveillance

I really do like Bill Gates’ recent NYT op-ed. But, at the same time, this section makes my head get a little explodey: To begin with, most poor countries, where a natural epidemic is most likely to start, have no … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, Public Health

Public Services and the Gentry: The Rahm Emanuel Edition

Maria Moser asks a good question: How on earth could something as silly as neighborhood public schools bedevil Rahm Emanuel right out of his incumbent throne as mayor of Chicago? The answer (boldface mine): Here’s what happened: Rahm systematically attacked … Continue reading

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With Scientific ‘Leadership’ Like This….

Last week, over at DrugMonkey’s joint, guest writer Namaste_Ish argued that her scientific society’s ‘leadership’ isn’t right for the job–here’s a taste (boldface mine): With over 40,000 members, I look at the presidents of the SfN and wonder; do these … Continue reading

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The Soon Scandal Is Very Spiro Agnew

And for those of you who don’t know who Spiro Agnew was, this is what I’m referring to. Recently, I asked this about the scandal enveloping climate change denier Dr. Willie Soon and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophyics: …what the … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Funding, Global Warming, Museums etc. | 2 Comments

All of Open Access Publishing’s Gall Can Be Divided Into Three Parts

There has been a recent spate of discussion about open access publishing, much of which seems to ignore a key element, money. For publishing in general, there are three models*: 1) authors pay the costs of publishing, open access or … Continue reading

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