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ELECTION REFLECTIONS…. PRE

Way back in 2016, I was astonished how people paid attention to the fairly outspoken nature of then candidate Trump, while ignoring what appeared to me to be the established and deeply ingrained entitlement of his opponent, candidate Clinton. It wasn’t about policy for very long, after all, the Democrats were saying what politicians always … Continue reading ELECTION REFLECTIONS…. PRE

JUST RETIRE, ALREADY!!

Not to focus on him particularly, but Dr Fauci popped into my LinkedIn feed recently as the subject of an article in “InStyle” magazine [1]. The article highlighted a quote of his, “With all Due Modesty, I think I’m Pretty Effective.” and I’m not going to debate that here. The interview  focused on topical matters, … Continue reading JUST RETIRE, ALREADY!!

THERE’S TIMMUNITY AND THERE’S BIMMUNITY, AND THEY’RE DIFFERENT.

For those of us who have been living under a rock, or so enjoying the blissful benefits of domestic lockdown that we haven’t cared to pay attention, there’s a lot of interest in vaccine development to this pesky COVID19 thing. COVID19 is the disease that humans develop as a result of contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. … Continue reading THERE’S TIMMUNITY AND THERE’S BIMMUNITY, AND THEY’RE DIFFERENT.

REVIEWING FOR THE NIH – HOW IT (ACTUALLY) WORKS – PART 3

So, how is the sausage made? Every grant received by the study section head is assigned to three reviewers, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. One or occasionally two of these may be an ad-hoc reviewer brought in specifically for that proposal. Usually, all three are regular (“Permanent”) members. These reviewers have self-certified that they don’t have … Continue reading REVIEWING FOR THE NIH – HOW IT (ACTUALLY) WORKS – PART 3

WHAT IS A Ph.D. ANYWAY, AND HOW DOES ONE GET ONE?

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy, usually called “Ph.D”, but sometimes called “D.Phil.” in universities such as Oxford for example, is universally recognized as the key to the door labelled “This Way to be an Independent Scientist.” It is a scientific apprenticeship, and like any other such, requires the production of a piece of work … Continue reading WHAT IS A Ph.D. ANYWAY, AND HOW DOES ONE GET ONE?

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