Saturday, July 11, 2015

Some of my favorite meta-science posts from the blog

I recently was asked to join a faculty panel on writing for Penn Bioengineering grad students, and in doing so, I realized that this blog already has a bunch of thoughts on "meta-science", like how to do science, manage time, give a talk, write. Below are some vaguely organized links to various posts on the subject, along with a couple outside links. I'll also try and maintain this Google Doc with links as well.

Time and people management:
Save time with FAQs
Quantifying the e-mail in my life, 1/2
Organizing the e-mail in my life, 2/2
How to get people to do boring stuff
The Shockley model of academic performance
Use concrete rules to change yourself
Let others organize your e-mail for you
Some thoughts on time management
Is my PI out to get me?
How much work do PIs do?
What I have learned since being a PI

How to do science:
The Shockley model of academic performance
What makes a scientist creative?
Why there is no journal of negative results
Why does push-button science push my buttons
Some thoughts on how to do science
Storytelling in science
Uri Alon's cloud
The magical results of reviewer experiments
Being an anal scientist
Statistics is not science
Machine learning, take 2

Giving talks:
http://www.howtogiveatalk.com/
http://www.ibiology.org/ibioseminars/techniques/susan-mcconnell-part-1.html
Figures for talks vs. figures for papers
Simple tips to improve your presentations
Images in presentations
A case against laser pointers for talks
A case against color merges to show colocalization

Writing:
The most annoying words in scientific discourse
How to write fast
Passive voice in scientific writing
The principle of WriteItAllOut
Figures for talks vs. figures for papers
What's the point of figure legends?
Musing on writing
Another short musing on writing

Publishing:
The eleven stages of academic grief
A taxonomy of papers
Why there is no journal of negative results
How to review a paper
How to re-review a paper
What not to worry about when you submit a manuscript
Storytelling in science
The cost of a biomedical research paper
Passive-aggressive review writing
The magical results of reviewer experiments
Retraction in the age of computation

Career development:
Why are papers important for getting faculty positions?
Is academia really broken? Or just really hard?
How much work do PIs do?
What I have learned since being a PI
Is my PI out to get me?
Why there's a great crunch coming in science careers
Change yourself with rules
The royal scientific jelly

Programming:
The hazards of commenting code
Why don't bioinformaticians learn how to run gels?

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