Category Archives: Writing

Q&A: Taking Mathematics to Heart

This was a fun Q&A to do. One of my colleagues spotted a press release about an article on mathematical cardiology that was published in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. I called up the author, John Wesley Cain, … Continue reading

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Q&A: Finding and Exploiting Cancer’s Weaknesses

My latest story posted on Science Careers: Oncologist David Solit, 41, has some close professional role models: His father was a surgeon and his grandfather a family practitioner. Like many doctors who pursue oncology, he became interested in the disease … Continue reading

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Sharing Data in Biomedical and Clinical Research

This month I wrote an extensive piece on data sharing in clinical and biomedical research, which was posted on CTSciNet and Science Careers. What I originally envisioned as a primer on the topic turned into a massive undertaking, and the … Continue reading

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Swedish Researcher Makes Sports and Science Headlines

I will admit that I tend to ignore satellite events at conferences, particularly sponsored ones. But at this year’s ESOF meeting in Turin, my eagle-eyed husband spotted an intriguing one by Swedish agency Vinnova that featured a Ph.D. student presenting … Continue reading

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For Physician-Scientist Couple, Success is in Balance

When people ask — and they do ask — where Deepali Kumar and Atul Humar’s clinical and research interests diverge, the two scientists answer patiently. Both physician-scientists at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, Deepali and Atul are a … Continue reading

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The Playground of Life

As we waved goodbye to the Noughties (a term I hadn’t actually heard until about 2 weeks ago) and welcomed 2010, I found myself doing the annual personal inventory of what I accomplished last year and what I want to … Continue reading

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Perspective: Three Crucial Questions When Applying to M.D.-Ph.D. Programs

For all the work you’ll do during your bachelor’s degree and the careful consideration you’ll put into choosing the right doctoral program, it’s important to remember that you’ve only just set out on the journey–and you can change routes. “I … Continue reading

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Perspective: Speed Networking for Scientists

Although speed dating was invented by a Los Angeles, California, rabbi as a way for Jewish singles to meet, speed dating and its cousin, speed networking, were rapidly and widely adopted in New York City. That seems fitting, quips Brian … Continue reading

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Psychosocial Oncology Research Faces Uncertain Future in UK

In November, the cancer charity Cancer Research UK announced its research strategy for the next 5 years. Included in it are goals to increase research on the early diagnosis of cancer; invest more in research on radiotherapy and surgery; and … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Legacy: Keeping Order

It’s hard to keep up with Erica McAlister as she darts through the labyrinth comprising the entomology department at London’s Natural History Museum. She’s eager to show off its treasures: iridescent beetles from South America, bugs with plantlike bodies, damselflies … Continue reading

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