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Introducing introductory biology students to primary scientific literature: why it matters

Posted by on February 19th, 2019

A successful undergraduate science education includes teaching students science process skills, including critical analysis of primary scientific literature (PSL). Unfortunately, the use of PSL in the classroom remains limited due to several barriers. These include students struggling with the actual practice of science (as opposed to the purely linear scientific method presented in textbooks), the[…]

User-friendly p-values

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

A good statistic is the one that you can understand. Mean values are understandable and everybody knows how to calculate them. Most people also realize how the mean value can be skewed by an outlier. So we know what the mean represents and we are aware of its limitations. In sharp contrast, the Null Hypothesis[…]

Clones in bones – Looking for international PhD applicant at Monash University

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

International PhD student opportunity – Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute. Monash University Studying the clonal dynamics of cartilage stem cells during normal and perturbed bone growth   Looking for an international PhD applicant to be enrolled in Monash University doctoral program under the supervision of Dr Alberto Rosello-Diez (http://www.rosellodiezlab.com and https://www.armi.org.au/research-leadership/rosello-diez-group). Long bones grow by forming[…]

What makes preprints popular?

Posted by on January 31st, 2019

A team of preLights selectors respond to a meta-analysis of bioRxiv preprints. Gautam Dey, Zhang-He Goh, Lars Hubatsch, Maiko Kitaoka, Robert Mahen, Máté Palfy, Connor Rosen and Samantha Seah* *all authors contributed equally; cross-posted from here.   The growing adoption of preprints over the last five years in the biological sciences has driven discussion within[…]

Embryos on the front, embryologists on the back

Posted by on January 23rd, 2019

Applications for Embryology 2019 are due on February 1. Apply here! In this post, I share how I learned about the Embryology course, what made me apply and what I brought back from it.   Nerdy embryology t-shirts A couple of months ago, I was attending a scientific conference on cell fate in Roscoff, northern[…]

Genetics Unzipped – a new podcast exploring the world of genes, genomes and DNA

Posted by on January 10th, 2019

  Genetics Unzipped – a new fortnightly podcast from the UK Genetics Society – has launched ahead of the society’s centenary celebrations throughout 2019. Presented by award-winning science writer and former Naked Genetics/Naked Scientists podcast host Kat Arney and produced by First Create The Media, Genetics Unzipped will bring you a wide range of stories[…]

Embryology 2018: A good experience and a good story

Posted by on January 7th, 2019

Embryology 2019 application is due February 1, 2019. Go apply!! (http://www.mbl.edu/education/courses/embryology/). If that is not enough, check out my evaluation of my course experience. Embryology 2018: I evaluate experiences by this basic philosophy: Some things are a good experience, some are a good story. When I’m lucky, sometimes they are both. My summer at #Embryo2018 had all three[…]

Visualizing the heterogeneity of single cell data from time-lapse imaging

Posted by on December 12th, 2018

When we examined the kinetics of Rho GTPase activity in endothelial cells in response to receptor stimulation (Reinhard, 2017), we noticed considerable cell-to-cell heterogeneity. In the original work we published graphs with the average response, reflecting the response of the whole cell population. However, these graphs fail to show the cellular heterogeneity. What is the[…]

PhD Position / Cell Biology of Organ Regeneration

Posted by on December 10th, 2018

We are seeking independent, passionate and creative students to join the López-Schier group at the Helmholtz Zentrum in Neuherberg/Munich, Germany. The position is to work, at either experimental or theoretical level, on the cellular, genetic and mechanical aspects of multicellular self-organisation and their relevance to sensory-organ morphogenesis and regeneration. This project is ideal for someone with[…]

Opening the doors of scientific conferences to local citizens

Posted by on November 28th, 2018

Regular meetings of scientists such as annual society conferences can create opportunities for scientists to engage the public without extensive effort, making connections between scientists and public audiences. Under the umbrella of a specific topic, events can be created to engage local communities with international researchers and foster forums for discussion of specific areas of[…]