Resources

This page has links to websites, pre​sentations, blogs, a bookshelf—and anything else that caught our interest

SCIENCE WRITING

http://science-professor.blogspot.com/ has lots of interesting posts, and thoughtful, perceptive comments. She blogs about life in research, sometimes about women in research—a good variety of topics.

Christie Wilcox has moved to Discover Magazine, and is still writing a good blog. She covers a lot of ground—cool new research, as well as taking Discover to task for their silly coverage of sharks this summer.

An article about why there aren’t more women in the hard sciences.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-m-gentile/gender-bias-and-americas-science-preeminence_b_1929830.html

An interesting blog about health care, social media, and other things by KevinMD

Colin Purrington put together an excellent site on scientific posters, with detailed instructions on how to make a good one.

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SCIENTISTS

Methodspace is devoted to method sharing and discussions about research methods. 

Research Gate: Social media for scientists

Acadamia.edu: Similar to Research Gate

Speakerdeck: Share your scientific presentations

Slideshare: Share your presentations

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

This site is a presentation about different funding sources, for young investigators or anyone looking to diversify their funding stream.  http://www.cs.rpi.edu//~hendler/funding-talk/sld001.htm

ISSUES IN RESEARCH

This article from Singularity Hub describes recent attempts to force the issue of open access to journals. http://singularityhub.com/2012/03/18/8200-strong-researchers-band-together-to-force-science-journals-to-open-access/. 

C3 Book Recommendations

Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and EmpathyEmily Bazelon presents data from research on bullying—cyber and regular old in-person bullying—to discuss what works and what doesn’t to prevent it. 

Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science by Michael Nielsen. This book is fascinating; it explores how the Internet is changing scientific collaboration and makes a case that the web can facilitate collective reasoning to solve problems better and faster, if people are willing to make data open and available (with suggestions about how to do that without sacrificing career advancement).

Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter by Nancy Baron. Standard fare about the importance of communication in science, but well written and well thought out.

Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood Feeding Creatures by Bill Schutt. A fast and absorbing read. Schutt describes the life history and evolutionary mechanisms driving animals that feed primarily on blood. The book is well written and extremely well researched; Schutt’s own work focuses  on vampire bats. One of the best natural history reads we have come across.

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