Posted by Eva Amsen, on 27 February 2014It’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 ...
Posted by Eva Amsen, on 20 February 2013Eleven 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) , ...
Hi Caroline! Hope you're off to a good start and that you're enjoying my old desk... :)by Eva Amsen in New Reviews Editor at Development! on March 22, 2013
I think I just question the entire thing. I don't think prizes were the best way to show support of life science research. According to the Guardian piece (and an older one abut the physics prize), they seem to think that showing that science can be glamorous and rewarding would motivate young scientists. It seems to suggest that they think that a lack of motivation or a lack of dreams is currently keeping people from going into the life sciences and pursuing the noble fight against various diseases, when in fact there are more people interested in working in biomedical research than there are currently positions for. I'm happy for the winners, and it's a really great selection of people, but I don't think anyone else became extra motivated to work harder on their own research with the dream of being one of the winners later. And even if they did, how WOULD they work harder when either they or their collaborators are having trouble just keeping their labs running? Related: "Philantropy: You're Doing it Wrong" http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/12/25/philanthropy-youre-doing-it-wrong/by Eva Amsen in Breakthrough Prize floors winners with sheer amount of money on February 21, 2013
Hi Daniel, Emma already spoke for EuroStemCell, but this *might* be something we'd consider covering on the Node in general. The only problem is that there factually *isn't* much to write about. Your comment says it all, really: he sued the Nobel Assembly, the assembly said they didn't know him, and nothing seems to have happened after that. It's a bit hard for us (at the Node) to write about with so little info, but if a researcher in the field wanted to write an opinion post about it, and focus on the papers and patents that are in question, they're more than welcome to!by Eva Amsen in Stem cells at school, plus new fact sheets on EuroStemCell on February 14, 2013
See also the interview with Roger Barker about this same paper https://thenode.biologists.com/an-interview-with-roger-barker/ , and the videos on EuroStemCell http://www.eurostemcell.org/story/studying-huntingtons-disease-using-stem-cells-labby Eva Amsen in Hope for Huntington’s on January 15, 2013
Thanks for your update, Mahim! For anyone else interested in a travelling fellowship, the deadline for the current round of applications is December 31st! More info: https://thenode.biologists.com/travelling-fellowships-3/by Eva Amsen in Academic Visit to Oxford University : Thanks to Development Travelling Fellowship on December 18, 2012