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My first first-author paper!

Just wanted to share that my first first-author paper is now online! In the journal Stem Cells and Development, here’s my paper on “Roles of Integrins in Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Growth on Matrigel and Vitronectin.”

The Housing Crunch

I don’t profess to be an expert, or even an amateur, at Economics. But the bailout seemed (and seems) like a poor idea to me. Mostly, this is because it (a) seems to let the financiers who made terrible decisions get away without repercussions and (b) it seems to be treating a symptom rather than the cause. The cause, in my opinion, is an American way of life that’s out of touch with our economic realities. Especially in the housing market. I clipped a nice comment from Slashdot regarding the housing crunch, read on to see it. I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on the bailout/economy!

Resume / portfolio Optimization

I’ve been working on my Curriculum Vitae, in preparation for the launch of It’s very much still a work in progress, but I wanted to have a “professional” site to advertise myself. Then, when I’m applying for jobs, I can reference it, and if I do a little SEO (search engine optimization), it’ll be near the top when potential employers google for information on me. All good, except that I feel like my C-V is pretty blah right now (and I need to make a resume, too!).

So, I’m curious– what have you done to put some razzle-dazzle into your C-V or resume? (continued)

Candidacy Exam Anticipation… Forever!

As a warning, this is going to be a bit of a whining post, but I really want to get it out. I’m in a molecular biology PhD program and in my specific program I have to write an approximately 20 page proposal on a topic (completely unrelated to the topic I’m actually studying in my lab) and then defend it in front of four established professors in my department (usually in a 3+ hours meeting with only white boards as props) in order to advance to candidacy. I’m at the stage where I submitted my proposal, have done a mock defense, and am now just waiting for the thing to be scheduled (professors are busy!)… it’s now been over 3 weeks since I submitted it and there’s no date picked.

First author Andrew!

I know it’s been a long time since Andrew posted here, so I thought I’d take the initiative and post the news that Andrew is now a First Author on a paper just accepted by JACS!! A happy upturn in the horse latitudes of research!

edit: Detection of Sequence-Specific Protein-DNA Interactions via Surface Enhanced Resonance Raman Scattering

Whistling dixie as the ship sinks

Ever wake up and realize that that spinning is no longer the rotational forces exerted by the earth’s orbit, that it is actually your life slowly unraveling. A long time ago I laid out a simple plan for the direction of my life. (ME + wife)*(MS+PhD) = job^happiness. Well, I got the wife and shortly thereafter what I discovered was that no matter how hard I tried I was in a doldrum. No motivation to do the things I want to; no desire to accomplish the goals or even basic responsibilities. It’s a terrible feeling to see everything you need to do and just not have the motivation to finish or even start any of it. (continued)

Where Was I?

I was going over my links tonight, and I realized that I haven’t posted anything on in quite a while. It’s never intentional– I love the opportunity to have a soapbox on the internet, and I hope that if you see this page you enjoy it. I have a new theory to sum up my vacancy, then: You never lose old responsibilities, you just gain new ones. Hence, the older you are, the more things you’re trying to juggle at once. I assume by the time I’m seventy, I’ll be too busy to sleep. More prattle and things that have been going on if you continue…

Candidacy Exam

I just wanted to post a brief update, and maybe a call for well-wishing. My Exam for Advancement to PhD Candidacy (a.k.a. the Candidacy Exam) is this Friday at 3 pm. It’s kind of strange. On one hand, it’s probably the biggest, most important (and final) test I’ll ever take. On the other hand, it’s on stuff that I work with everyday and with which I’m very familiar. But I think I’m ready… but I wouldn’t mind it at all if you all kept me in your thoughts on Friday.

Four to Six Hour Workdays… the key to happiness?

That’s what this article claims, in any case. I tend to agree, being the meditative and leisurely guy that I am. What I found most interesting, though, was the throwaway line about the economist Keynes. Apparantly, he recommended shorter workdays as well… I may need to track this down.

No real story here, other than a mildly interesting article and my obsessive-compulsive nature.

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My first first-author paper!

Just wanted to share that my first first-author paper is now online! In the journal Stem Cells and Development, here’s my paper on “Roles of Integrins in Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Growth on Matrigel and Vitronectin.”

The Future of Scientific Publishing

Just read a fascinating (if lengthy) essay on disruptive technology and the future of scientific publishing. Well worth the read!


Just wanted to share’s Visual Guide to Deflation, which is quite explanatory.

All Things Stem Cell

Hey all Paradoxdruid readers! I recently started up a blog on stem cells that I’d love you all to take a look at:

Barely Literate: The Fermata

I participated in another Barely literate book review podcast, this time on Nicholson Baker’s “The Fermata”. Give it a listen!

Time for Change

Obama has outlined a strategy for America, in great depth. Read all about!

Free Rice

Okay, I’ll admit that it’s entirely possible that I am the last person to learn about this website*, but it’s really addictive. 


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