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Quarterly summary: Happy New Year, plus 18 ideas to save science


Jonathan and I want to wish our readers a very happy new year. In 2016 we want to continue to expand the back and forth with readers as we compile things for our book based on Black Hole ideas and discussion. We’re delighted to be working with superstar editor Angela Jameson Potts on getting these ideas together but we still need the help of readers. Please comment on the blog, Facebook page, or Twitter (@WastedTalent16) at any point and we will do our best to paint the most accurate portrait of the problems facing science and a broad range of ideas for how to improve things.

The hottest post of the last quarter was our pre-Christmas wish list for things to change – the 18 ideas to save science which gives readers the ideas and the context behind most of the major topics that we hope to cover in the book. Please have a read if you’ve missed this in the pre-Christmas rush.

As always, we encourage guest bloggers to contribute. We’ve had 11 such bloggers to whom we are indebted for the enthusiasm and opinions on key issues affecting early career researchers (thanks to Beth, Sonja, Eddy, Brianne, Erika, Jenn, Kelly, Mark, Andrew, Jan and Jiro). These opinions and the comments sections of the blog help us expand beyond our own limited viewpoints and are essential to giving this book and website the broadest reach and impact.

Over the last quarter, we have posted the following and are looking forward to an exciting 2016:

Joint post:






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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