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Quarterly summary: Business accelerators, passive sexism, and our old friend the impact factor


This quarter has featured a series of three articles from Jonathan on helping move academic research into developing products and maximizing societal impact that form the basis of a clear strategy moving forward. On the other side of things, guest blogger Brianne Kent and I (no relation!) have poked again at the issues of academic metrics and sexism.

Guest blogger Brianne Kent



Dave has also continued to write for the Signals blog on stem cells and regenerative medicine:

In particular, I think that readers of this blog might enjoy a read of the post on stem cell videos where I ask for reader help (yours would be appreciated too!) to determine the usefulness of videos made for public consumption by scientists in the ever growing quest to engage the public on science.

Again, many thanks to our readers for their comments (and emails) – these are extremely valuable and really help to inform future articles. In particular the comments on the passive sexism article underscore how divisive the issue is, with some readers insisting that writing articles is not a sufficient action and others insisting that we’re already addressing the issues. Where do you stand?

Finally, with the arrival of summer, we hope that some readers will take advantage of some spare time and jump into the ring with a guest post or two – both Jonathan and I are always impressed by the quality and insightfulness of our guest bloggers and we hope the tradition will continue. We look forward to hearing from you at [email protected].

David Kent
Dr. David Kent is a principal investigator at the York Biomedical Research Institute at the University of York, York, UK. He trained at Western University and the University of British Columbia before spending 10 years at the University of Cambridge, UK where he ran his research group until 2019. His laboratory's research focuses on the fundamental biology of blood stem cells and how changes in their regulation lead to cancers. David has a long history of public engagement and outreach including the creation of The Black Hole in 2009.
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