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This collection features helpful posts on a wide range of topics, from academic writing and reviewing to data visualisation and statistical analysis.

Recent posts

Developmental Biology Write Club, Post #1

Posted by , on 8 May 2020

For other posts in this series click here 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 …
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Crafting plots for movies

Posted by , on 6 May 2020

In a previous blog I explained how animated plots can be made to illustrate the dynamics of data. Animated plots go nicely together with the movies from which the data …

Dynamic display of data with animated plots

Posted by , on 27 April 2020

Data from time-lapse experiments is often displayed in a graph or plot, to visualize the dynamics of biological systems (Goedhart, 2020). Ironically, the perception of the dynamics is largely lost …

An Introduction to Writing Review Articles

Posted by , on 7 April 2020

Last week, I gave a talk (online, of course) about ‘Writing review articles’. It was aimed at graduate students who, as part of their training, had to identify a topic …

Time to crack coding?

Posted by , on 24 March 2020

As labs shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic, some might be unsure of what to do next. Even if your project doesn’t have a computational (i.e. bioinformatic) aspect, …

Data Visualization with Flying Colors

Posted by , on 29 August 2019

The importance of barrier-free use of colors in images and graphs has been highlighted in letters to editors (Miall, 2007), papers (Geissbuehler and Lasser, 2013, Levine, 2009), editorials (anonymous, 2007), …

How to make colour blind friendly palettes, from regular contributor Jochim Goedhart.

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Updated on 16 March 2021