Archive for: November, 2013

2014: A bleak year for science?

Nov 26 2013 Published by under Grantsmanship, Lab

What's the old saying, you neighbor loses his job and its a recession, but you lose your job, and its a depression.  Well the shoe finally dropped for one of my friends and he was put on notice that his job disappears as of January 1st.  Sadly for him there was no advance notice that this was coming.  I'm sure in the next year and probably the couple of subsequent ones, that more and more folks are going to getting pink slipped or P45'd.  More than a few of my friends who are trainees and techs are quietly brushing up resumes and trying to find homes in labs with more stable track records of funding.

Really its all very bleak and no one wants to talk about it, but its on our minds.  So to anyone displaced or about to be displaced from employment, I hope you guys land on your feet again soon.  When I got into science 12 years ago it seemed like the sky was the limit and I rarely ever heard of people getting cut loose for waning funding.  But as they say the times are a changing....and not for the better.

The Times They Are A-Changin' 1964 by aHobo

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The Rundown: Week 10 and 11

Nov 20 2013 Published by under Football

I got lazy last week so this week is a two-fer.  Instead of go through the individual weeks, lets see where we are overall.  Oh and as a Panther's fan, I and the groundscrew appreciate Tom Brady's tears of sorrow and frustration, that way they didn't have the water the grass on Tuesday.

Goddamn Odyssey rolled up the top spot both weeks.  A strong showing that has the young lad back generously rubbing his stank all over the overall lead for the league.  Well done so far everyone, its been a fun one as we head into home stretch.

1.  Odyssey (87)

2.   Parker's Picks (84)

3.  PinkGirl (76)

4.  Genomic Repairman's Keuch'n A$$ (74)

5.  The Professor (73)

6.  Chall's Dreams (72)

7. SugarScientist's Tumornators (71)

8. KillaTCells (68)

9.  PLS's Prognostications (68)

10. G-Dawg's picks (63)

11. Todd's Kaepernickpicks (56)

12.  Stevie "Don't Call Me Wonder" Walker's Show Me Your TDs (51)

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The Great Journal Debate

Nov 08 2013 Published by under Publishing

We are currently debating what journal to send my impending research article off to.  Do you shoot for the moon and go for a glamour mag or do you shoot for the outer orbit of the moon (glamour's subjournals with good impact factors), places where they won't give you too much shit, or other journals (IF>12) that are interested in the physiology aspect of my work but could give two shits about DNA repair.

I have a shortlist of journals in mind with some safety journals that should for all intents and purposes bend over backward to take this article.  I'm waiting for all the data to turn up and then we'll make a final decision on where to send to first, but I'm eyeing one of the C/N subjournals.  Rejection from a model hurts just as bad as from the girl next door, why not try for it?

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The Rundown: Week 9

Nov 08 2013 Published by under Football

1.  Stevie "Don't Call Me Wonder" Walker's Show Me Your TDs

2.  PinkGirl

3.  Odyssey

4.  KillaTCells

5.  Parker's Picks

6.  PLS's Prognostications

7. G-Dawg's picks

8. SugarScientist's Tumornators

9.  Genomic Repairman's Keuch'n A$$

10.  Chall's Dreams

11.  The Professor

12.  Todd's Kaepernickpicks


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The Rundown: Week 8

Nov 02 2013 Published by under Football

Suck it everyone, I'm top dawg two weeks in a row.  You were all valiant competitors except Todd (make your picks next time buddy) and I'd like to thank my dad and sister for believing in me when no one else did.  This is for you guys!

1.  Genomic Repairman's Keuch'n A$$

2.  PinkGirl (Last to 2nd, big jump)

3.  Bashir's KillaTCells (deja vu)

4.  Odyssey (double deja vu)

5.  Randy The Professor

6.  SugarScientist's Tumornators

7. PLS's Prognostications

8.  Parker's Picks by Lisa

9.  Alyssa's G-Dawgs

10. Stevie "Don't Call Me Wonder" Walker's Show Me Your TDs

11.  Chall's Dreams

12.  Todd's Kaepernickpicks

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