Author Archives: Abel

Elion-Hitchings Building Tour

As discussed in my post last week, I had the opportunity on Saturday to tour the old Burroughs-Wellcome US headquarters building in Research Triangle Park, NC. Designed in 1969 by architect Paul Rudolph, the building was completed in 1972. The building became known as the Elion-Hitchings Building after BW scientists Trudy Elion and George Hitchings […]

Terra Sigillata finds the right chemistry at CENtral Science

Update your bookmarks and RSS feeds Come to our new home at CENtral Science: cenblog.org/terra-sigillata Well, as I’ve been alluding to, I’ve decided to leave this state of indie blog purgatory and join CENtral Science, the blog platform of the American Chemical Society’s Chemical and Engineering News. C&EN is a weekly publication of the American […]

How to promote a science blogging network at a national scientific meeting

Bora Zivkovic, DrugMonkey, and I have been really impressed by this idea by the online folks over at the American Chemical Society’s Chemical & Engineering News. This week, their blog network, CENtral Science, has been promoting their presence at the upcoming national ACS meeting in Boston. Folks may not know this but ACS is the […]

Metamorphosis

Warning: rare self-indulgent post. Blogging has been and will be light over the next few days while we are packing up things around here to move to our next, more permanent home. In the meantime, you may have noticed here and on Twitter that part of my big news is that I will begin writing […]

Lunch-and-Learn with us next week in Boston at the American Chemical Society meeting

I’m really excited to be going up to Boston for a few days next week to attend the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society. Besides presenting some of our collaborative work, the highlight of my time there will be with Carmen Drahl of C&EN and The Haystack blog hosting a panel on chemistry and […]

Louisiana K2 ban hurts convenience stores, but is there a homeopathy loophole?

I’m trying not to make this the synthetic marijuana blog but the news on K2, Spice, and other “herbal incense” products keeps coming fast and furious. This weekend, I saw a Lake Charles, Louisiana story from KPLC-TV coincident with the statewide ban on synthetic marijuana products that took effect on August 15th following legislation signed […]

K2 Spice associated with death of young Indiana mother of two

Welcome to readers arriving via Adam Brown’s referral from Cracked.com. I’ve since moved my blog where I have written extensively on the fake weed phenomenon over the last year-and-a-half. Click here to read my compilation of synthetic marijuana posts at the new home of this blog.     From the overnight e-mail referrals of PharmGirl, […]

The Henrietta Lacks Foundation awards first assistance grants to HeLa descendants

Yesterday, author Rebecca Skloot made the following announcement at her website: Today, the Henrietta Lacks Foundation awarded its first ever grants thanks to donations from Rebecca Skloot, and many readers. The first awards cover full tuition and books for five descendants of Henrietta Lacks starting fall semester 2010, as well as an emergency grant for […]

Yes, Weedhopper, you can have the “same” R01 for decades

A discussion ensued yesterday among several of my learned colleagues following this post by The Genomic Repairman. Therein, TGR noted that a senior person in their field had two grants in their 27th year and 26th year, respectively. In NIH grant parlance, one is called a R01 (and that’s R-zero-one, chief), an investigator-initiated grant that […]

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