I liked (Eleftherios P. Diamandis’) article in ASBMB Today. I concur with (his) observation in the last paragraph as I have transitioned from postdoc to (principal investigator). One thing I take away … is how important it is for PIs to acknowledge the people who did the work when they give talks to large audiences. Some PIs do a really good job of showcasing it as the work of one or more trainees, either with pictures of the trainees or “he/she did this or that key experiment,” especially when they want to illustrate the talent/creativity of the individuals involved. This is in contrast with having a laundry list of people at the end of the talk with a couple of names highlighted in bold font. Thanks!
— Junior Investigator
Dear Drs. (Daniel) Raben and (Joseph) Baldassare: I guess many of us are thinking along similar lines. I recently did a radio show on Wisconsin Public Radio
and posed the very same question by recalling how effectively (President John F. Kennedy) rallied the country to achieve an ambitious scientific goal. I think the big difference is that now Americans don’t want to invest public money for the greater good. I do think the next Sputnik might be a public health crisis. In the show, I invited people to imagine what would have happened if the AIDS epidemic had struck in 1950 instead of 1981. It’s not an exaggeration to estimate that it might have killed a quarter of the world.
— Alan D. Attie, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. (Andrew) Hollenbach’s piece on grant-writing advice offers helpful information. But, let me offer one additional piece of advice: Get your message out there early and emphatically. During my tenure as chair, I read many drafts of grant proposals. Too often I would find a statement such as “This disorder affects 20 million Americans...” resting serenely in the middle of a paragraph far into the proposal, when it should have been given top billing. Donald Newlove’s “First Paragraphs: Inspired Openings for Writers and Readers” provides helpful (and entertaining) insight into ways to capture the grant reader’s tired eyes.
— M.W. Anders, University of Rochester Medical Center