Gillian Murphy is professor emeritus of cancer cell biology at Cambridge University. She visited F1000 Publisher Kathleen Wets at the F1000 offices last week. In this video, she tells us about her new role as joint Section Head of Cartilage Disorders and Osteoarthritis at F1000, and explains her previous research in extracellular matrix and proteinases in relation to rheumatic conditions and the overlap between oncologic disorders and cartilage biology.
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“Talk to your librarian.” It’s remarkable how often I have to use this sentence, considering I don’t work with books, don’t work in academia anymore, and rarely set foot in a library myself.
But whenever I visit universities to talk about the work that F1000 does (from F1000Prime article recommendations to the open science platform F1000Research) people inevitably ask me questions that they should be asking their librarian.
Q: Why does my university not have a subscription to F1000?
A: Because your librarian doesn’t know that you want it. Talk to your librarian, and let them know that researchers at your institute are interested in F1000. Help them reach out to your colleagues to try out a trial subscription.
Q: What if I don’t have funds to pay for F1000Research article processing charges?
A: Your university might have funds available for open access publishing. Talk to your librarian. They’re the ones who usually manage this.
Q: Can I use my institutional repository to host the data for my F1000Research article?
A: That depends on the repository. Talk to your librarian to check if they currently host data, and if the repository meets our requirements. Ask them to contact us if the repository should be on our list.
Q: I’m an F1000 Specialist and I want to give a talk about F1000 but I don’t know who can help me with this at my institute.
A: If you haven’t had any luck with your graduate student society or postdoc society, talk to your librarian! Librarians regularly organise talks about tools that are useful to the research community and they might have been looking for a talk just like yours.
Librarians no longer just archive books or buy journal subscriptions. They often have a broad knowledge about new publishing tools. They are on top of your institute’s and country’s requirements for research dissemination, or know where to find this information. Some universities even have specialised open access library staff to help with open access and open science publishing.
A big part of a librarian’s job is to help you write and publish. That’s also what we want to help you with, but some of your questions will be very specific to your institute, and your librarian is the best person to contact.
So talk to your librarian. The website for your institute’s science or medical library should have their contact details.
Although genome editing tools have been around for years, the field essentially exploded in 2013 and has been expanding ever since. Seemingly overnight, the preferred gene knockdown technique in biomedical research has shifted away from RNA interference – which came from plant and invertebrate research – and towards CRISPR-Cas9 technology, which is used by bacteria to recognize and attack viral DNA. CRISPR-Cas9 has become the tool of choice over TALEN and zinc-finger systems because it requires minimal engineering – all you need to do is introduce the Cas9 nuclease and a designed guide RNA that is complementary to a short segment of the gene of interest. One of the reasons that the field has expanded so rapidly (one speaker claimed over 1,000 papers have already been published using the technology) is that much of the groundwork has already been laid with pre-existing genomic engineering strategies (lox-Cre, tetracycline induction, etc.) and nucleic acid delivery systems.
Faculty of 1000 is excited to attend EB 2015 in Boston. We’ll be exhibiting in booth # 541 from March 29 –31st and we’d love to see you! If you’re attending the conference, come and say hi, learn what’s new at F1000, and score some F1000 and F1000Research swag.
To kick off the trip to EB, we’ll hold our next meet-up in Boston on Thursday, March 26. Our meet-ups are somewhat of a tradition, and as always, we’re looking forward to sharing F1000’s latest developments with local life-scientists.
Please join us for this free event by registering for a ticket below. The meet-up will be a great opportunity to network with your peers and talk about biomedical research and publishing.
As always, we’ll provide free drinks and food. There will be giveaways for attendees, including free personal subscriptions to F1000Prime and a discount on article-processing charges for F1000Research.
Alberts is president emeritus of the National Academy of Sciences, professor emeritus in the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and former editor in chief of the journal Science . He is one of the original authors of a textbook familiar to all biomedical undergraduates, The Molecular Biology of the Cell, now in its 6th edition.
The AAAS awarded the Hauge Abelson prize to Alberts for advancing science in society through his “exemplary leadership and creativity in science and technology for the national welfare,” for “inspiring young people to pursue distinguished careers in the sciences,” and for “opening new frontiers in education and public policy”.
The prize was established in 1985 by the AAAS, inspired by the late Philip Hauge Abelson, who gave over 60 years of service to science and society. The award is given annually to either a public servant, in recognition of sustained exceptional contributions to advancing science, or to a scientist whose career has been distinguished both for scientific achievement and other notable services to the scientific community. The award consists of an engraved medallion and an honorarium of US$5,000.
Well done, Bruce, on receiving such a prestigious award!
David Tilman, Community Ecology & Biodiversity Section Head in the Ecology Faculty, has taken the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology for scientifically demonstrating how biodiversity makes ecosystems more stable, productive and resilient.
Tilman, Regents professor at the University of Minnesota who also won a Balzan prize last year, published a landmark paper in Nature in 1994 that changed the prevailing opinion that ecosystems did not need to be diverse to be stable. Tilman provided evidence that, in fact, less diverse systems are indeed less stable. Indeed, a severe decline in biodiversity may lead to long-term problems in the quality and functioning of ecosystems.
In their press release, the BBVA singled out his efforts to unravel one of the oldest mysteries in ecological science: how can so many species coexist within a single ecosystem? They highlight that Tilman built “into his theoretical models the idea that each species specializes in what it does best at the expense of other possible uses of its energy, and concluded that it is this trade-off (between, for instance, greater competitive vs. dispersal ability) that permits the coexistence of multiple species.”
Check out Tilman’s interview for the BBVA in which he explains in more detail why biological diversity is so important to ecosystems and ecosystems stability.
Many congratulations, David!