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 read it. "It is... 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 their... 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 →

controversy over a carrot

Controversy over a carrot by Janice Nigro If only I had made the surfboard a strawberry…my last thoughts as I was falling asleep one night recently. It was not one of those fleeting bizarre thoughts you have just moments before you do fall asleep. It was provoked by another one of my innocent forays into... 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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