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I would really like to do a 2nd iteration (& regular series) of this posting concept๐Ÿ‘‡.

I'm looking for /#BAME scientists to share their stories not of what they do, but of what inspired them to follow a career in . Maybe a teacher? A friend of the family? A TV programme?

Message me/reply if interested.

Advice needed! With regard to submission of revised, (via @ReviewCommons), does anyone have experience of directly contacting journal editors with the bundle? (i.e. manuscript+figures+R2R+cover letter)

I ask because I'm unwilling to go through the tedious manual data entry (author names, work phone, fax [!!] number) that the
ReviewCommons transfer function appears to necessitate at journal websites.

I'm looking for a fast yes/no answer, and would rather do the tedious stuff later on. Fair enough, or am I being entitled? ๐Ÿคจ

New posting! This one is a guide on how NOT to start a research group in - in other words, all the things that I wish I'd done differently or that I wish I'd been more aware of when I started back in 2015. I hope that helps anyone else out there taking their first steps in this direction! (And any comments/additions very welcome). ๐Ÿ‘‡

New posting! This addresses the recent controversy at the 2023 Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting, where one of the speakers used his time to complain that he felt discriminated against as a white man.

To my mind, that isn't what's surprising and shocking about the episode.

The surprising thing is that on this occasion, a courageous young female scientist actually called him out on it.

The shocking thing is that despite such sexist, chauvinistic comments still being commonplace, such interventions basically never happen. And they should.

New posting! This one is about the number of unpaid hours in , an insight that's come from the realisation of how much time I'm still committing despite now (currently) being unemployed. To what extent is academic research sustained by the massive expenditure of unpaid labour? How much unpaid overtime do you think you're clocking? Let's lift the lid...

New posting! This one considers the outsize influence that 1st have an career progression in , and argues that this is a system that needs to change (especially seeing as the prestige publication model is unlikely to be overturned any time soon).

New posting! This one's about optics, but nothing to do with microscopy - instead it's asking whether we should perhaps view and not knowledge as the real (primary) product of ...and whether this provides a better rationalisation of the level of societal investment. Are research papers actually a by-product?

New posting! And another one dealing with me as part of the . This one has a slightly broader focus - why it's sometimes right to walk away, and that staying isn't always the best course of action. I've a feeling that in will struggle to stand up to scrutiny in this post-pandemic work environment. See what you think (as ever, comments always welcome!)

@clathrin Well, it's like seminars, right? When you're afraid to question something you don't understand because you think you're the only one that doesn't get it, but you later find out that nearly everyone was thinking the same as you... Sure, there's a worry here that maybe I'm being a crybaby or demanding special treatment but on the flip side, if I feel like this then there's bound to be others in the same situation.

New posting! This is the latest in the series of postings examining my departure from , and the way that taking part in the has shaken me out of a torpor that took hold several years ago.

New posting! This one is about how the made me - like many caught up in the - reconsider my career in and target a better work/life balance, especially from a perspective. Hope you like it!

New posting! Another more personal one, this time focusing on why although I'm I have no regrets for staying as long as I did. And why perhaps all should regularly ask themselves why they're staying, to be sure they're making positive choices.

New posting! And a very personal one.

In January I handed in my resignation, and will be leaving the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, the University of Wรผrzburg, and the Physics of Parasitism network at the end of April.

I am .

More discussion of this decision, the reasons for it, and what it means for TIR, in the posting below.

New posting! This is another one, focused on writing the sections of scientific (earlier postings in this series have focused on writing scientific reports as a whole, and more granular considerations of the writing of Figure legends and Materials & Methods sections).

As always, this represents "a" way and not "the" way, but I hope it's helpful. Comments/thoughts/feedback very welcome. ๐Ÿ‘

New posting! This asks whether in have evolved from a hobby, to a , to a profession...and maybe now into a job (and how that's probably a good thing).

Funnily, when I first conceived of this posting (quite a way back) I thought it would be a negative one about how people don't care enough any more, but that has almost completely turned around - I now think it's a good thing if people are stepping back. A good /life_balance isn't something to whine about - we should be insisting on it.

Anyhows, read the posting and see what you think... ;-)

Just want to highlight this fab recent posting from @helenajambor detailing her top trends and observations in the realm of over the last year.๐Ÿ‘ (And there's a nod to the "T" error bars blooper too ๐Ÿ˜‚ ).

New posting! This one is a look back at #2022, with a number of selected postings highlighted.

There's a summary of the continuing fallout from my research funding (and salary) being cut, the exhaustion of doing three jobs in parallel, and the probable depression caused by the invasion of Ukraine.

In addition, I've highlighted a few of the sillier postings from last year, as well as the inspiring interviews with advocate Dr. Mariana De Niz, and the Algerian Women in Science group.

Lastly, I'd like to say how lovely it's been to join Mastodon this year. I'm still feeling my way into the medium and into the community, but a huge thanks to all of you who've been boosting, favouriting, and commenting on the content - fantastic interacting with you, and I hope there's a lot more to come in 2023! ๐Ÿ˜€

New posting! This one is ostensibly about the data integrity scandal that ( president & noted ) Marc Tessier-Levigne has found himself in, but it's also a riff about how scientific is only possible in small groups, and how the growth in size of research groups has created a caste of scientist-administrators who should perhaps recuse themselves from the activities of the groups they nominally lead. What do you think?

(And a salute as always to the tireless efforts of @ElisabethBik, data sleuth extraordinaire๐Ÿ‘ )

may have already ended, but itโ€™s not too late to celebrate some top lip styling!

Hereโ€™s the 6th instalment of our series that takes an irreverent look at some great minds, and an appreciative look at the moustaches that went before them.

Represented this year: ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ (spoiler: top grade goes to ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด)

Any suggestions on who should be featured next year?

New posting! A riff on the dream of community-led feedback on research findings, the , the problem of policing data integrity, and one possible alternative - that we all make an effort to praise and highlight good-quality work when we encounter it. Hope you like it.

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