Monthly Archive for December, 2012

Is the NIH Funding Model Efficient?

Money and Science: To He that Hath
The Economist
December 8th, 2012
This analysis is based on the publication and funding record of the most highly cited biomedical papers and concluded that NIH may not support the best researchers. The link to the original article, in Nature, is provided below.

Research grants: Conform and be funded
Joshua M. Nicholson & John P.A. Ioannidis | Nature
December 5, 2012
Tag line: Too many US authors of the most innovative and influential papers in the life sciences do not receive NIH funding.

And, perhaps related to the above, NIH is considering anonymity for grant applicants:

NIH Considers Anonymity for Grant Applicants
Paul Basken | The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 10, 2012

And, be careful about unattributed text. Some federal agencies are using software to detect unattributed copying in research proposals. See below.

Plagiarism in Grant Proposals
Karen M. Markin | The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 10, 2012

Why Don’t Parents Name Their Daughters Mary Anymore?

Why Don’t Parents Name Their Daughters Mary Anymore?
Philip Cohen | the Atlantic
December 12, 2012

This article is by Philip Cohen, a professor at the University of Maryland. The Atlantic has picked up his blog, Family Inequality, where he posts short, but scholarly snippets.

This piece illustrates the decline in the name Mary via the Social Security Administration’s names database. He posits that this is due to a rise in the cultural value of individuality. Accordingly, people value names that are not common, perhaps even unique. A repercussion of this is that there were only 21,695 baby girls named Sophia (most popular name in 2011) whereas back in 1961, there were 47,655 girls name Mary.