Science

SciLifeLab Prize: you still have time to participate!

I have recently been getting reminder emails from the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. The application deadline is July 15th, 2018! Last year I submitted an entry to this competition and I enjoyed the experience, even if it was a bit rushed. The process of joining the competition is relatively straight forward: Write an essay about your Ph.D. thesis work. Get a recommendation letter from your Ph.

Keeping in touch (ENAR2014?) and philosophical questions regarding México's future in genomics

The following text is an email I sent to several of my friends from the LCG undergraduate program I studied. There I talk about keeping in touch, I invite them to ENAR 2014, and also talk about some philosophical questions regarding our future. 

I’m posting it here because I don’t mind sharing these thoughts and because I don’t have the current email addresses of many former LCG students.

Enjoy

Have you been 'relative stupid'?

I enjoyed reading “The importance of stupidity in scientific research" by Martin A. Schwartz which I learned existed through @hmason and @simplystats. I found the point of how it’s normal to feel stupid in academia and specially in Ph.D. programs to be illuminating. But Schwartz clarifies that there are other kinds of stupid: we don’t do a good enough job of teaching our students how to be productively stupid – that is, if we don’t feel stupid it means we’re not really trying.

Great commentary on sequestration's impact on research! National media should talk about this and YOU should read it!!!

Today Jeffrey T. Leek and Steven L. Salzberg published a paper commentary in Genome Biology today titled “Sequestration: inadvertently killing biomedical research to score political points” (Leek & Salzberg, 2013) which I think is a must read for anyone. Seriously! I do not mean anyone involved in research, or all scientists. I mean, this commentary should be in the national media. Why? Well, let me approach the technical side first. You might think that anything that appears in a scientific journal—despite any efforts to make it accessible to the general public—will rely on words whose meaning is mostly only understood by scientists.

Got acknowledged in a paper ^^

During the weekend while I was talking with a friend and former colleague, I realized that my name was mentioned in the acknowledgements section of a paper :) I haven’t been much in touch with what’s been happening back home, so this was a nice surprise. The paper is: Genetic changes during a laboratory adaptive evolution process that allowed fast growth in glucose to an Escherichia coli strain lacking the major glucose transport system by Aguilar et al.

An Online Bioinformatics Curriculum

Last week I talked about online courses in my JHSPH-Biostat through Coursera post. Now I’m back to comment on An Online Bioinformatics Curriculum by David B. Searls. Sur Herrera pointed out this paper to me, and I have to say that if you are considering learning bioinformatics online it will be very useful to you. David Searls first goes through a history recap of online (free) courses. Notably, in the last year Coursera and other startups offered their first courses.

Learning about social networks through an interactive presentation

During this week’s journal club meeting Hilary Parker (homepage, blog) led the session on “Identifying influential and susceptible members of social networks”. Were there some speakers or why did she “lead the session”? By this I mean that Hilary tried a very different (and interesting) format this time. Instead of giving a talk, not a formal one like at seminars, she prepared a short presentation (publicly available here) that begins showing a 20 minute video.

Is science cool?

Adam Ruben shares his answer to whether science is cool or not. Since “cool” depends on the current trends, this question is set on the recent landing of Curiosity. It’s the landrover that recently landed on Mars and has been sending some pictures back. Anyhow, check his answer here. I liked this part: If the Mars landing draws students to science, it won’t be because they witnessed science doing something cool.

Pollination video