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About: Eva

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

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Skate wins again

Posted by on December 11th, 2012

Remember the skate image by David Gold, Lynn Kee, and Meghan Morrissey of the 2011 Woods Hole embryology course? It won the cover competition in April, and appeared on the cover of Development issue 139(12). Today, at the Company of Biologists Christmas lunch, we held a small inter-journal cover competition. Over the past few weeks,[…]

Nobel Laureates Warn Against Going over the Fiscal Cliff

Posted by on December 11th, 2012

Although I’m not a fan of simply reposting press releases, this press release from The Coalition for the Life Sciences, about a letter-campaign by Nobel Laureates to emphasize the importance of research funding, is worthy of a read. The coalition is made up of several scientific organisations that overlap with the Node’s readership (ASBMB, ASCB,[…]

SpotOn London

Posted by on November 20th, 2012

Last week I attended SpotOn London – a conference focused entirely on the role of the Internet on research, science outreach, science policy, tools, and related topics. There were talks about using alternative metrics to asses the value of research papers, discussions about doing outreach while working in the lab, issues related to women in[…]

Development symposium photos and panel discussion

Posted by on October 30th, 2012

Last Thursday, Development organized a one-day symposium, “Past, Present and Future”, to mark the 25th anniversary of the journal. All speakers were past or present editors of Development, and the work they presented gave a broad overview of the current status of the field. At the end of the day, a panel discussion looked back[…]

Interview with Linda Partridge

Posted by on October 29th, 2012

At the EMBO meeting in late September, Linda Partridge gave a keynote talk about the role of the nutrient-sensing insulin/IGF/TOR signaling network in ageing. In her talk she showed, for example, how dietary restriction extends the lifespan of several organisms. I had a chance to talk to her later that day, and I asked her[…]

Interview with Jiří Friml

Posted by on October 19th, 2012

At the EMBO meeting last month, Jiří Friml was awarded the EMBO Gold Medal. This medal is awarded annually to a researcher under the age of forty, who has contributed to the field of molecular biology. Friml got the award for his work on auxin transport and morphogen gradient formation in plants. In his Gold[…]

Last days to register for “Past, Present and Future” symposium

Posted by on October 18th, 2012

Just a reminder that registration for Development‘s 25th anniversary symposium “Past, Present and Future” is closing at the end of this week. By Monday, the venue will need to know who is attending, so make sure to sign up this weekend at the latest. The symposium will be held at Cripps Court (Magdalene College) in[…]

Polarity and Prejudice – EMBO Meeting Day 3 and 4

Posted by on October 2nd, 2012

The last two days of the EMBO meeting were quite busy, with lots of interesting plenary talks, concurrent sessions, and special symposia. On Monday evening two interesting non-biology talks were happening at the same time: one about Women in Science, and one about Science Policy & Publishing. I attended the Women in Science talk. The[…]

Presentation tips from the EMBO meeting

Posted by on September 27th, 2012

At the EMBO meeting earlier this week, I had the opportunity to ask a few of the plenary speakers how they prepared for their talks. These speakers all had clear presentations that were easy to follow, even if you didn’t know much about the background of their field. It turns out that that was no[…]

From molecules to ecosystems – EMBO meeting day 2

Posted by on September 24th, 2012

Biology is studied at different levels of size: molecules, cells, organisms, and entire ecosystems. The second day of the EMBO meeting covered all of these. The plenary opening session on RNA covered the molecular. David Tollervey and Elisa Izaurralde described biochemical processes in RNA processing and post-transcriptional regulation, and Rob Singer showed techniques to follow[…]