Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Science has lost its way

In the LA Times this week:

Science has lost its way, at a big cost to humanity

Researchers are rewarded for splashy findings, not for double-checking accuracy. So many scientists looking for cures to diseases have been building on ideas that aren't even true.

Take a look at the article. Do you agree? If so, it is a problem that the next generation of scientists (ie you) are going to have to face.

"The journals want the papers that make the sexiest claims," he says. "And scientists believe that the way you succeed is having splashy papers in Science or Nature — it's not bad for them if a paper turns out to be wrong, if it's gotten a lot of attention."

Monday, October 21, 2013

Probing the Secrets of Alzheimer's Disease

The UCSB Beckman Scholars Program and the Department of MCD Biology are sponsoring a special seminar:

Monday, October 28, 2013
1230-130 PM
MSRB Auditorium (room 1302)

Larry Goldstein, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Dept Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Dept Neurosciences
Director, UCSD Stem Cell program
Scientific Director, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
UC San Diego School of Medicine

Probing the Secrets of Alzheimer's Disease Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

URCA Grants

The  College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Unit is now accepting grant proposals for the 2013-14 academic year.  Undergraduates, regardless  of class level and college affiliation, may submit a proposal for funding to support their research and creative projects.

The  deadline to submit an URCA grant proposal is FRIDAY NOVEMBER FIRST , 2013.  Funding is limited to $750 per individual project, group projects will not be considered.  Application guidelines and the online submission form may be found on the URCA web site, 

To prepare a proposal, please view the presentation of a workshop on preparing a presentation by working the links at the bottom of the page on URCA grants. (URCA Project Grant Proposal Workshops)