Our Reseach in Simple Words

I accept Rich Lenski’s challenge to explain our research in the 1,000 most used words of the English language using the Up-Goer Five Text Editor (http://splasho.com/upgoer5/).  Here is the result! “We study how tiny living things move through water or stick together and grow in a group. We also study how these tiny living things talk …

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MIRA MIRA on the wall, who’s the fairest funding system of all?

The Maximizing Investigators Research Award (MIRA) program recently proposed by the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS) at the NIH is a huge step in the right direction to increase the fairness and efficiency of funding scientific research. See this link. http://loop.nigms.nih.gov/2014/07/comment-on-proposed-pilot-to-support-nigms-investigators-overall-research-programs/comment-page-1/#comment-7121 The basic idea is that researchers will be funded based on their …

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Mr. Waters goes to Washington

On September 18th, I was a Congressional lobbyist. Before you tar and feather me, I was part of the Michigan State University “Rally for Research” team at Washington DC. This event brought together hundreds of researchers and advocates from 40 states to lobby Congress and the Senate in support of increasing funds for biomedical research. …

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