Exon scrambling: a lesson in scientific detours

by Janice Nigro As scientists, we are in the business of solving puzzles. We think of the puzzle and then work sometimes over a life time to find a solution. Most puzzles we simply do not have the time to answer. Then there are those puzzles that intrigue us, but the technology to answer them simply does not exist.... Continue Reading →

Literary exercises for writing scientific manuscripts

by Janice Nigro I was shocked once when my PhD advisor ran into the lab to read out loud the first sentence of my first draft of a manuscript. A nightmare moment-hearing your own words read in front of a group of extraordinarily talented and accomplished people. He read it and then said why he... Continue Reading →

following your art

by Janice Nigro I am not a surfer, an actress, or a musician. But here I am-a scientist-three years into making a life in southern California. Yes, in LA LA Land. LA is a great city to be in, but it is not all that easy to live here. The city is big, expansive, and cars... Continue Reading →

#Pitmad for scientists

#Pitmad for scientists by Janice Nigro Scientific grants are an incredible high...when we get them. Otherwise they can feel like another form of torture. Applications are information overload supplied sometimes in hundreds of pages for program projects. A grant of any size though is a huge effort requiring the input of many people of different backgrounds. All of... Continue Reading →

Long form blogging is in…

Long form blogging is in... by Janice Nigro My New Year's resolution backfired this year. It was one of those that turned out to be the exact opposite of someone else’s New Year's resolution. Yeah, I am talking about the kind where someone decides to become devoted to someone or something only to discover that the someone... Continue Reading →

into the entrepreneurial zone

into the entrepreneurial zone by Janice Nigro For all of the education I have, I never thought career happiness would be something I would have to work at. I love science. I love doing science, thinking about it, and reading about it. But I have always had difficulties with professional growth. I tried different labs,... Continue Reading →

What does your blog do for you?

What does your blog do for you? by Janice Nigro I know, it’s the wrong question. Most people want to know “what does my blog do for someone else?” Blogging is something that I only became aware of three years ago. It is an odd thing to do in a way-openly write about your life... Continue Reading →

Scientific editing and painting like a Cubist

Scientific editing and painting like a Cubist by Janice Nigro Picasso masterfully rearranged the human body in his paintings to reveal something we would not otherwise know about his subject. The finished painting vaguely resembles the model(s), but he skillfully enlightens us about her or their relationship…or  about himself. I can’t help but think of one of... Continue Reading →

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