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About: Eva

I was Community Manager for the Node, and Online Editor for Development between 2010 and February 2013.

Posts by Eva:

Open study hopes to put STAP in the past

Posted by on May 12th, 2014

This article is a re-post of an article published at the F1000Research blog on the 8th of May, 2014. Eva Amsen is the outreach director of F1000Research.     Many of you will have been following the STAP stem cell saga: In January, researchers from Japan announced in Nature that they had produced induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells)[…]

MySciCareer – first-person stories about science careers

Posted by on February 27th, 2014

It’s been a while since I last wrote on the Node, but I have something to share that ties in to a project I started while I was still the Node’s community manager. In 2011 I commissioned a series of career posts, where people in a variety of different non-research post-PhD careers all described how[…]


Posted by on February 21st, 2013

Today was my last day as Community Manager for the Node, so this is goodbye from me! I’ve had a great time these past three years, setting up the site and learning what’s of interest to the developmental biology community. My favourite part of the job was meeting people in person at conferences and lab[…]

Breakthrough Prize floors winners with sheer amount of money

Posted by on February 20th, 2013

Eleven biologists received some unbelievable news this week: They will each receive 3 MILLION dollars from a newly established award. The Breakthrough Prize was founded by Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) , Sergey Brin (Google) and venture capitalist Yuri Milner, with the goal of supporting research into life extension and curing diseases. Among the eleven winners are[…]

Review: Electric shock

Posted by on February 7th, 2013

Last year, Matter launched, after a successful  Kickstarter campaign, as a magazine that publishes only long, well-written articles related to “science, technology and the ideas shaping our future”. Each issue is one article, which costs $0.99 to access. (On my iPad, they ‘re categorized as books, and are each about 40 pages long, which I[…]

Science Online Conference

Posted by on February 1st, 2013

The annual Science Online conference is currently underway in North Carolina. It attracts mainly scientists and science writers who use the internet to advance science communication. Everyone at the conference is extremely Twitter-savvy, and it’s impossible to keep up with the #scio13 hashtag, but I’ve created a Storify below that includes some of the tweets[…]

Overly Honest Methods

Posted by on January 8th, 2013

Why did you incubate that sample for 16 hours? Because you wanted to go home for the day – but that much detail is not in your paper! Last night, a few scientists on Twitter started sharing their “overly honest methods”, and today the #overlyhonestmethods hashtag exploded with lots of funny and true stories about[…]

Top Node posts of 2012

Posted by on January 3rd, 2013

Happy New Year! We’ve looked at our stats for the past year to see which posts were the most popular. At the top of the list were the Woods Hole images and the two essay competition nominees, There’ll be dragons? and An Excitingly Predictable ‘Omic Future. But there were many other popular posts this past[…]

An interview with Roger Barker

Posted by on December 19th, 2012

An interview with Roger Barker Roger Barker is Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, and one of the authors on a recent Development paper from Elena Cattaneo’s group in Italy, about the derivation of functional neurons from human stem cells. EuroStemCell has published a range of videos by several authors[…]

Would you like to work for the Node?

Posted by on December 13th, 2012

As you may have spotted, we’ve just posted a job ad for community manager for the Node. That is currently my job, but I will be leaving at the end of February, so there will be a vacancy. I’ve had this job since the Node launched, and even before then! I’ve had a great time[…]