Crowdfunding as the future of science funding?


Academic labs face increasingly tight budgets within a down economy.  Myself being an open notebook scientist at the University of New Mexico, funding has been particularly difficult to come by, without much support from larger grants or agencies. Searching for alternatives, I have increasingly turned to online platforms for raising support and engagement for my […]

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User Insight: Improved Access to Scientific Services through Science Exchange

There are many resources you come to take for granted as an academic researcher.  Insulated from the private sector and competitive market demands, you often have access to hosts of shared resources and core facilities. Academic core facilities host such services at cost-effective rates, including sequence analysis, primer design, and peptide synthesis, proving to be […]

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The Lack of Women in Science Leadership


Women have made significant strides in science this past century.  We now make up a majority of PhD graduates in scientific disciplines, and have increased representation in STEM-related fields. And yet, women remain under-represented in positions of scientific leadership.  Women comprise a minority of tenured professorships in STEM fields, receiving only 25% of NIH-sponsored faculty […]

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The Emergence of Private Foundations in Science


The majority of scientific funding in the United States has traditionally come from government agencies and funding bodies.  Organizations such as the NIH, NSF, DOE, and DOD have provided a bulk of the funding, and continue to provide support for universities and lab groups. And yet, much of government funding comes with red tape attached […]

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Guest post: Academic or Practical Discoveries to Industry Products

This is a guest post by Bill Barnett, Director of Science Community Tools (Research Technologies) at Indiana University (see full bio below). We are all aware of the challenges of taking inventions developed in academia or practical settings and moving them to products and services that benefit people.  In the world of medical inventions, we’re talking about improving […]

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Guest post: From Academic to Entrepreneur


This is a guest post by Ron Orlando, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Chemistry at the University of Georgia. (full bio below). I started my first company—BioInquire—not because I had a burning desire to become an entrepreneur, but because I wanted to solve a problem. My laboratory at University of Georgia specializes in proteomics […]

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