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Rethinking Education
Monday, October 18, 2010

Elephant man, rabies and leprosy
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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DonorsChoose - give early and give often. [UPDATED]
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Dear PI's who wrote the NSF proposals I am now reviewing...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Funding Illusions
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

FIve years ago today
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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Things that make Odyssey grumpy
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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Flying 101
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Don't panic!
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One to Rule Them All
Friday, August 20, 2010

The NSF review panel process
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Peer review, schmeer review
Friday, August 13, 2010

Hypotheses: The most disposable of lab supplies
Thursday, August 12, 2010

How much do you need to want it?
Monday, August 9, 2010

Bugger
Sunday, August 8, 2010

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I'm a molecular biophysicist in a biochemistry department. In a college of medicine. And I'm funded by the NSF. Not too sure my dean likes that... I'm here to blather on about things that interest me and to raise the average age of the bloggers here by at least 1.2567 years. And I'm Australian.

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Nice collection.
Won't exactly do much for independent bloggers...

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@GMP:
You're right. That is something Bora tries to address here. Of course that's something that has always been an issue with regard to blog collectives vs. individuals. The recent increase in the number of collectives exacerbates things somewhat.

Brian Krueger, PhD
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A customized blogroll feed would be much better. We easily have the capability to do that here. I just don't know how that would help us out though. I also saw someone suggest blog commenting on that site, but I don't think that helps out the blogs, the bloggers, or is in the spirit of what a blog is all about. So what, now you have to respond to comments both on your blog and then go searching on scienceblogging to see what people are saying too?? ok...

It seems like as far as the collectives go, they're doing a good job of giving each blogger a wider audience. I don't know if you all feel the same way. It may be too soon to tell.

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Maybe they need a "free agency" feed. For those not recruited onto science blogging "teams" as it were. Maybe broken down by interest/subject. If enough free agents got together, they could form their own collective.

I dunno. I know there are a ton but not everyone WANTS to be included. Not everyone blogs because they want to be labeled as a "scienceblogger" and grouped in with a bunch of others. And some may want to join and group but lacks the network to do so.

Just thinking out loud..

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I would totally join a network called "Grumpy Science Profs".
Although being a prof probably automatically means grumpy...

You guys at Lab Spaces are doing a great job, but, as Lab Mom points out, joining a network is not for everyone and not at every point in time. People blog for different reasons, and one's relationship with blogging does change over time... One option, if Lab Spaces wants to include more of independent blogs, would perhaps be something like what Inside Higher Ed has ("Around the Web") which is a daily compilation of posts... Just a thought, of course.

Keep up the good work!

Brian Krueger, PhD
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@GMP and @LabMom, I've heard that from a couple people I have asked to join the crew here. Of course I have my own opinion, which is that you all write amazing things and provide an interesting look into the lives of scientists. The experiences couldn't be more diverse (or similar in some cases!). I'm just a fan of promoting these visions and experiences to a wider audience so that other people can live the life of a scientist vicariously through all of us :) Networks help centralize all of these great voices and make them more accessible. I'm not sure that a feed aggregator does the same thing.

If you know of others interested in joining the network, vet them in the forum so we can take a look at their work and invite them onto the team :)

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A couple of random thoughts on collectives:

People write and read for different reasons: it is my impression (I may overgeneralize) that people read about things they are experiencing or have experienced, whereas they like to read about things happening to peers and things happening to people at the next career stage. For instance, a grad student may want to read about postdoc experiences, but a postdoc may write about grad experiences but may not actually be as interested in reading about them as s/he is about other postdoc or TT experiences (the next step). I think there ought to be a bit of sensitivity to this issue when thinking about networking.

I also wonder where the hard STEM people are. There are plenty of biomed grad students and postdocs and even faculty bloggers, blogging about academic but not narrowly techincal issues, but way fewer hard STEM people (for instance, physics or materials science). I don't know why this is, and while a number of issues are cross-disciplinary, there are plenty that aren't. I think this may also be an issue when starting new collectives.

Just my $0.02.

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@GMP:
I've also wondered where the hard STEM people are. Their low presence in science blogging is rather noticeable. Of course we do have a couple here at LabSpaces... :-)
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Being a hard STEM-er myself, I dare say it's because we are the geekiest of them all; we shy away from sunlight and all interactions with other humans! ;)

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