Women in science

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too many women leaders (TED)

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Sheryl Sandberg)

Science culture

Billionaires with Big Ideas are Privatizing American Science (William Broad – NYT)

Work-life balance: Lab life with kids (Kendall Powell – NJ)


Antibiotics in Crisis (Michael Gross)


Peer reviewed publications

Dr. Trot’s!

The Role of Metabolism in Bacterial Persistence (S Amato – FMICB)

Investigation of Changes in Tetracycline Repressor Binding upon Mutations in the Tetracycline Operator (D Bolintineanu – J. Chem. Eng. Data)

Antimicrobial Peptides Targeting Gram-negative Pathogens, Produced and Delivered by Lactic Acid Bacteria (K Volzing – ACS Synth Biol)

ProTeOn and ProTeOff, New Protein Devices That Inducibly Activate Bacterial Gene Expression (K Volzing – ACS Chem Biol)

Secreted frizzled related protein 1 is a paracrine modulator of epithelial branching morphogenesis, proliferation, and secretory gene expression in the prostate (M Joesting – Dev Biol)

Markers of prostate region-specific epithelial identity define anatomical locations in the mouse prostate that are molecularly similar to human prostate cancers (J Thielen – Differentiation)






Little sound bites I’ve had the luxury of eves-dropping in on

A: Man, what the hell is all this shit? This place is a mess!

M: Dude, this is your directory! How should I know what you do in here?!

A: Oh.

“I’d happily sell my first-born for a good 96-well plate reader assay”

For anyone who has been through graduate school

Bad Project

Overly Honest Materials and Methods

I have included a few of my personal favorites —

75. We used this method because the buffers don’t need to be pH-ed

74. Experiment was repeated until we had three statistically significant similar results and could discard the outliers

73. We didn’t show the structure because we forgot to patent it so only three people actually know what it is

72. A Northern blot was run instead of a realtime QPCR because the PI is old and does not trust results unless he sees a band

69. A modified protocol was implemented because a certain graduate student seems unable to follow simple instructions

59. Non-linear regression analysis was performed in Graph Pad Prism because SPPS is a nightmare

47. This experimental system is lousy, inconsistent and exasperation inducing, but better than all the others

26. Steps 4 to 7 of the protocol were performed for historical reasons

7. Plasmids were a gracious gift from the Miser lab after many emails, phone calls and drunken reminders at conferences

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