HeLa T-shirt and button design contest
Mar24

HeLa T-shirt and button design contest

Wanna put your mad Photoshop skillz to a good non-profit cause? Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, (and I) need your help for scientist give-away items to support The Henrietta Lacks Foundation. Scroll down to the end of the post for information on the Foundation’s mission or just click here. I’ll be at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Orlando during...

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Molecular Target for Thunder God Vine
Mar21

Molecular Target for Thunder God Vine

This post appeared originally last Friday for my monthly gig at Science-Based Medicine. Thunder god vine may not be a useful herbal medicine but the compounds isolated from it are fascinating – if not as medicines, then most certainly as laboratory tools. Nature Chemical Biology recently published an article where a research team from Johns Hopkins, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Drew University in New Jersey, has...

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Quinetta Shelby “exhibiting the utmost class” in finishing at DePaul
Mar10

Quinetta Shelby “exhibiting the utmost class” in finishing at DePaul

Academics who live on principle and persevere through adversity with dignity and pride may not always finish first, but their strength of character earns respect. We wrote last November about the case of Dr. Quinetta D. Shelby, a DePaul University chemistry professor denied tenure. Although a university appeals panel recommended to the DePaul president, Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, that the decision be overturned because of...

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NIH biosketch change as “Kick Me” sign?
Mar04

NIH biosketch change as “Kick Me” sign?

Will deviating from TheOneTruePath of academic science result in penalties during NIH grant review? I say “no.” But a non-scientific poll of researchers at GenomeWeb.com says otherwise. Last month, NIH grantees learned that the US medical research agency will now allow grant applicants to include in their biosketch any explanations for a reduced productivity due to career disruptions – read: gaps in one’s...

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DEA already admits defeat on synthetic marijuana ban?
Mar02

DEA already admits defeat on synthetic marijuana ban?

For those following our most persistent story of the last year or so, you’ve already heard that the US Drug Enforcement Administration declared as controlled substances five synthetic cannabimimetics present in “herbal incense” products such as K2 Spice, Mr. Nice Guy, and Blaze. These compounds include JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol. With respect to our chemistry audience here, I...

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