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"The National Institutes of Health’s $30 billion budget, for example, received a $10 billion boost"

So what do you think - check http://www.sciam.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=legislation-would-hike-nih-funding-2009-02-06

Seems like the pros and cons are being debated quite heatedly...not sure why there should be cons, unless I am missing something, but then maybe I am looking at it from a biased perspective. I hear some people who had good scores back in Jan but did not make the cut, have begun to get positive letters. If your grant was a borderline case, you might want to make sure that you are current with all your univs paperwork so that when you get a letter you can hit the ground running!

A New Group for Cell Biologists - on Facebook and Google Groups

This is basically an informational post: in case you are interested, there is a new group on facebook, started by some ASCB members. The group is a "Network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer cell biologists....Everybody is welcome to join." The url is: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=10717340828&topic=5815#/group.php?gid=46150969188. 

In addition, there is an e-mail list that you can join and subscribe to: http://groups.google.com/group/lgbtq-cell-biologists and click on "Join this group". It is possible to join anonymously.

The e-mail address for the list is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oh and Gong Xi Fa Cai! Welcome to the year of the ox.

Workplace Dynamics

A lot has been written about the workplace attitude of men towards women, and also women towards women. There's an article in the NYT which discusses the latter category. If you haven't read it, here it is. I think this is a an excellent forum to engage in a discusion of this issue. I'll wait to read someone else's thoughts before I get on my soapbox!

Speaking of Remuneration....

...check out the Dec. 19 issue of The Chronicle - it has an article entitled "The Financial Crisis for Smarties", followed by a more recent article on how to make the most of your unviersity's "match". Useful stuff.

Apeirohedrons, or Strange Things Have Happened, Like Never Before

Sorry about this protracted silence, and thanks to all those who e-mailed me asking if I was fine. Things seem to have lost their normal distribution and there've been far too many outliers. I hope some of you were able to attend the WICB lunch at the recent ASCB meeting. Perhaps someone who attended it could tell the rest of us about it. Despite the fiscal climate, I think it is a good idea to look at where one stands in terms of remuneration from an institution. The Chronicle has published some data compiled by the American Association of University Professors. The AAUP has many interesting bits of information.Oh, if you are wondering, an apeirohedron is a polyhedron with an unbounded surface.

Happy New Year Everyone!

I am really enjoying the posts here. I think the moderator is doing a nice job. But there have been no posts since November. Or at least I cannot see any on my screen. Is anyone else noticing this?