Clearing the backlog

(by genomicrepairman) Nov 29 2016

I'm currently not able to spend a lot of time in lab (booo!) and stuck at my desk working on papers (yay!!!!). Papers good right? Yeah but too many manuscripts are coalescing at once. I'm staring at four drafts of papers from me (2 first authorships, 2 co-authorships) and I'm looking at my excel sheet and I have two more to write.

I'm super happy with all the work I've been doing but I'm not going to lie this is daunting as hell. I want to get at least two of the papers out the door in the next week and a half or lets face it, they won't be going out until early January.

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Thank you DrugMonkey

(by genomicrepairman) Sep 23 2016

I came to find out about DrugMonkey and his ubiquitously profane, sometimes incendiary, and always insightful partner in crime Comrade Physioprof nearly 8 years ago. I imagine these two running around the halls of meetings or study sections like Turk and JD from the TV show Scrubs.

I'll focus in on DM and save my praise for CPP another time. I've been reading science blogs for roughly 8 years and some blogs I go to and then leave for a while and maybe come back and some I'll peruse once and never again. Not DM, dude is my ride or die science blog that I read. He is my guy who makes me think bigger than I do, want to be a better scientist, get mad about shitty practitioners of our craft, and make my blood boil as he bates us with great topics and witty banter. And sometimes all in a single blog post.

And did I mention his Twitter account? While he crafts intricate blog posts, he is nothing short of a resplendent troll in 140 characters. I check him periodically throughout the day to see what bon mot he is offering up. I laugh at those who fall victim to his trolling and cringe when he sometimes catches my own dumbass in the bear trap as well.

You can call DM many things, avid fan of cycling, hater of pitbulls, advocate of diversity in science, but never boring. The day he hangs up his blog will be like the day McDonald's stops selling the McRib, utterly horrifying and leaving society shaking their head wondering what to do with the rest of their lives.

Over the years he has been my critic, confidant, and sage. So to my scientific Man Crush Monday (sorry Prof-Like Substance) I just want to my appreciation for the years of entertainment and information. Whatever praise you get is not enough but what you do get is deservedly earned.


So to the stylin', profilin', bicycle riding, fig-flying, election stealing, wheelin' and dealin' son of a gun I want to say thank you.

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How much...Prelim data

(by genomicrepairman) Jun 26 2016

I'm currently drafting up a fellowship proposal to hopefully cover the cost of my dumbass doing science for the next year or so. I'd like to think I have a compelling idea that fits within the programatic priorities of this funding group and I think they'd agree since I made it through the initial triage that cut out about 2/3rds of the preproposals.

Now I have the (mis)fortune of writing the full proposal and I'm grappling with how much prelim data to show. I've got about four pages in which to really detail my science and am experiencing some consternation about how much prelim data to include.

So dear readership (the two of you) and everyone else that clicked on this thinking it would be a Drugmonkey post written with at least some thought to quality (jokes on you assholes), how much prelim data do you put in your grant proposals? A small figure or two? Model figures?

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If you build it, she will come

(by genomicrepairman) Mar 28 2016

I paraphrased a quote from Field of Dreams for the title of this post, but you get the gist. If you build the opportunity, women will come be a part of it.

We ran an event for young women last year to get them interested in STEM fields as a career. Cut to me now sifting through the applicants for high school summer interns and we are getting a lot more applications from young women in high school and particularly women from underrepresented minority backgrounds than we have before. This to me is a huge success and does not occur in a vacuum. This is a testament to the huge buy in from our institution, local civic groups (in particular women's groups), and STEM-related businesses.

Now we have the fantastic opportunity to show these young women that would normally not have a significant exposure to science that STEM careers are attainable, rewarding, and really damn cool.

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(by genomicrepairman) Mar 28 2016

Is looking at all the compiled data for a manuscript and seeing very few items on the punch list* that need to get wrapped up before its ready to head off for submission.


*Construction term for the few nagging items/tasks that need to be completed in order to receive final payment.

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Save my bacon...

(by genomicrepairman) Mar 10 2016

Drugmonkey didn't tag me in his meme challenge but fucke it, why not? Here's my list of characters to get me out of a jam.

1&2. Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge
3.      Carrie Mathison
4.      Mr. Rogers
5.      Jack Bauer

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Aim assist

(by genomicrepairman) Jan 17 2016

I'm trying to begin preparing for a fellowship proposal on a project that I am really excited by right now. I'm trying to jot out some aims for the project but I am hitting a brick wall whenever I start to put type them out. Does this ever happen to you folks? I am really enthusiastic for this project but it is crushing me that I'm not laying down my aims with clarity. I'm sitting and staring at the preliminary data that I have collected so far to draw inspiration from. I know I'm not crafting the Great American Novel, but I'd at least like to extract the ideas out of my head with some clarity and put them down to paper (I'm going back to the old school route, this tends to help when I have writer's block).

So does this ever happen to you?

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What are you listening to...podcasts

(by genomicrepairman) Jan 11 2016

So I'm trying to broaden my podcast horizons and wanted to know what everyone else is listening to. My list of what I listen to while I do some of the more mundane tasks in the lab are:

-Tony Kornheiser Show (long time loyal little)
-Tim Ferriss Show
-Monday Morning Podcast w/ Bill Burr
-Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
-Stuff You Should Know
-Reasonable Doubt w/ Adam Carolla and Mark Geragos
-Tell 'Em Steve-Dave (occasionally)

So let me know what you are listening to.

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Advertising for Undergrads...

(by genomicrepairman) Jan 02 2016

So I got saddled with a presentation to some local undergrads about our work that we do in the lab in hopes of inspiring these young and bright minds to come do a senior thesis in the lab. I've got ~20 minutes and I'm wondering how to organize the presentation. I'm thinking of either talking on project in some detail or giving a broad and quick overview and then presenting two or three short vignettes on projects that these students could work with me on. I know I can give a better presentation if I just present one project, but since this is a sales pitch I think I'm going to work present it as here is what we do and some things that you can work on.

Thoughts. Tips. Excuses not to?

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A graphical representation of my frustration

(by genomicrepairman) Sep 17 2015

I'm working on making figures for a paper that I walked into and have done some work to wrap up the study. I'm currently going batty digging through old files to find the raw files that were used to create graphs that apparently only exist in powerpoint files. These things are spread out to the four corners of the earth and its getting really annoying. Some of the files are in prism, some are in excel, some are in jmp, its getting crazy. If I make a figure I keep the raw data in excel but tend to make the polished figure in prism so its sitting there waiting to go into a publication.

Do you guys have a standard for graphs and how you want to see them?

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