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#DevBiolWriteClub on the Node, Post #2:

Posted by on October 18th, 2020

In my first post a few months back, I talked about the need for working scientists to create new habits of mind by practicing the craft of being a writer.  Since then, I took my own advice.  I abandoned Twitter, helped folks in the lab to get five papers into the BioRxiv, and finally finished[…]

Spotlight on Neuroscience: Explore new ways to light up your research

Posted by on September 10th, 2020

A lot is changing in our world, but your research can not and will not stop! With this aim, “Spotlight on Neuroscience: Exploring new ways of to light up your research” has been organized to bring together key leaders in the neuroscience field for a series of live talks, Q&As and latest on-demand webinars. Taking place[…]

Adjusting to normal

Posted by on August 19th, 2020

The phrase “adjusting to the new normal” is a part of everyone’s life in one way or another, especially given our current global circumstances. Many in my circle are adjusting to facemasks, keeping physical distance (no friends/family meetups for months), constantly using hand sanitizers, cleaning surfaces at every turn/or use, ordering groceries online instead of[…]

Inclusion and diversity in publishing – a joint commitment for action

Posted by on July 9th, 2020

In early June, as Black Lives Matter protests were gathering momentum across the globe, a group of publishers were brought together (virtually of course) by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to discuss equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in academic publishing activities. While the timing of this workshop was completely coincidental, the experiences shared by[…]

Bioinformatics challenges in multidisciplinary research

Posted by on May 27th, 2020

Currently, bioinformatics is playing an increasingly important role in life science research. Biologists, clinicians and biomedical researchers have become more dependent on bioinformatics outcomes. Despite the crucial role of bioinformatics in accomplishing multidisciplinary projects, collaborations between biologists and bioinformaticians encounter several difficulties. Here, I outline different types of collaborations and provide an overview of how[…]

Getting involved in peer review

Posted by on May 19th, 2020

In pre-COVID19 times, back when conferences happened largely in person, early-career researchers (ECRs) often asked me how they could get more direct invitations to be a reviewer. Peer review is a crucial part of the publishing ecosystem and therefore it’s not uncommon for group leaders to invite members of their lab to review articles with[…]

Shaping the embryo towards gastrulation

Posted by on May 13th, 2020

Kyprianou, C., Christodoulou, N., Hamilton, R.S. et al. Basement membrane remodelling regulates mouse embryogenesis. Nature (2020). doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2264-2 Morphogenesis is a complicated network of processes that involve cell shape changes, cell movements and division patterns. While these are part of the intricate game that gives rise to tissue shapes, there is another element that is now emerging[…]

Developmental Biology Write Club, Post #1

Posted by on May 8th, 2020

Hello!  Recently, I’ve been tweeting writer’s advice from @jbwallingford using the hashtag: #DevBiolWriteClub.  I’m psyched that The Node is now letting me add a little depth to this venture.  In this first post, I’ll start by managing some expectations.   If you’ve followed #DevBiolWriteClub on Twitter, you might recall that one of my earliest tweets[…]

Scientific conference reform: scientists respond to Sarabipour et al. 2020

Posted by on April 28th, 2020

I wrote to several colleagues in the process of highlighting (preLight here) a recent preprint on conference reform by Sarabipour et al., some involved in organising conferences, others invested in ECR career development, publishing, and publishing reform. Here are their comments (I will update this resource as I hear back from more people):     Jessica[…]

Engaging Chinese developmental biologists with WeChat

Posted by on April 17th, 2020

Social media gets a hard time these days, and in some instances rightly so. For the scientific community however, it’s a powerful platform for informal science communication and fruitful collaborations. On Twitter for example, the developmental biology community shares news, discusses research, celebrates publications and commiserates grant rejections. It can be a supportive, informative and[…]