It’s been a long “quarter” – turns out we haven’t summarised our blogging activity since February. Apologies to our readers that rely on these summaries to do their catch-up; we’ll do better in future.
Since this has been such a long period of blogs, the themes are not quite so easy to extract. Jonathan blogged about his experience launching a startup company and on some interpersonal issues like 360 faculty review and researcher vulnerability. And I’ve been even more broad in topic selection, flitting from research-funding perceptions (and realities with NSERC-funding rate discussion) and exploring new ways of communicating academic science alongside understanding the way project proposals get evaluated in the first place. After nearly 10 years of writing articles on the Black Hole blog, some things have definitely moved on, but so many things are still stuck in really dark and nasty places – the fight goes on!
This quarter we’ve been delighted to have guest blogger Kevin Leland and always welcome our readers to submit their stories:
Jonathan and I have also continued to write regularly with our posts summarised below:
- Why labs should embrace 360-degree faculty reviews
- Lessons learned for hiring new staff at a startup
- Resiliency in science: We need to stop punishing vulnerability
- Limiting grants to well-funded labs
- The implication of the Hatch-Waxman Act for universities
- How the Hatch-Waxman Act of 1984 protects startups
- What makes a great scientific advisory committee?
- Why some research areas appear relatively “over-funded”
- Retroactive pension as a postdoc? Apply now!
- Teaching and research roles – moving beyond the clinician scientist
- Who gets to see papers under review?
- Is NSERC turning the ship around?
- Experiments in peer review: Getting the decision right
- Meta-research: improving the way we communicate (and perform!) scientific research?
Thanks for your attention over the last 10 years. We appreciate all of the great discussions and hope that the next several years will be just as fruitful – we also hope that we can start tracking some real progress in how we educate and train scientists while identifying the best way to move their research out in practical ways in the spaces of medicine and business.