Scientific societies express concern about Max Planck Society’s actions

Last week we posted an open letter from scientists expressing concerns and urging the community to speak out about actions taken by the Max Planck Society (MPS) against Prof. Nikos K. Logothetis, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI-BC, Tübingen). The letter continues to receive comments of concern and support for … Continue reading Scientific societies express concern about Max Planck Society’s actions

Open Letter Regarding the Max Planck Society’s Actions Against MPI-BC Director Prof. Logothetis

 [Note: This letter is from scientists, some of whom are members of the Speaking of Research committee. They include:  Allyson J. Bennett, J. David Jentsch, Juan Carlos Marvizon, Amanda M. Dettmer, Jeremy Bailoo, Marcello Rosa, and Roberto Caminiti. We welcome other scientists and advocates to join us in signing this letter by adding their names … Continue reading Open Letter Regarding the Max Planck Society’s Actions Against MPI-BC Director Prof. Logothetis

Why Opinion Journalism and Science Don’t Mix

One likely reason why America has become so polarized, is the rise of opinion journalism. For those unfamiliar with the term, here’s how Wikipedia describes it: Opinion journalism is journalism that makes no claim of objectivity. Although distinguished from advocacy journalism in several ways, both forms feature a subjective viewpoint, usually with some social or political … Continue reading Why Opinion Journalism and Science Don’t Mix

Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience

The scientific community was in shock when one of Europe’s leading neuroscientists, Nikos Logothetis PhD of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, announced in 2015 that he would that he would no longer use nonhuman primates in his research into the physiology of cognitive processes, and that the work of his team would turn … Continue reading Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience

These babies are why I celebrate Preeclampsia Awareness Month

This is one of my best friends, Karen*. She and I met on our first night in college and have been close ever since. We’ve celebrated birthdays, each other’s weddings, and reunions, and in February I visited her in the hospital -- traveling from Washington, DC, to Seattle, Washington; that’s how good a friend she … Continue reading These babies are why I celebrate Preeclampsia Awareness Month

The Importance of Animal Experimentation and the mdx mouse model to Muscular Dystrophy Research

Louise Richardson is a PhD student at the University of Leeds. Her work focuses on satellite cells and their contribution to skeletal muscle plasticity, with a view to understanding more about genetic muscle disorders and sarcopenia. She has a Masters of Research with an in-vivo specialisation and a BSc. in Human Anatomy. In this post … Continue reading The Importance of Animal Experimentation and the mdx mouse model to Muscular Dystrophy Research

Mars, Machine Learning, and Mice: How a planetary science spin-off has the potential to improve imaging in animal research

Dr. Paul Tar is a research associate at the University of Manchester. In this guest post Paul explains the interdisciplinary journey taken between his PhD, in the analysis of planetary images, and current research post, in cancer studies. In this post he discusses how machine learning used to make measurements in space can also be … Continue reading Mars, Machine Learning, and Mice: How a planetary science spin-off has the potential to improve imaging in animal research