Are you based at University College London? Join us on August 19 upstairs at Prince of Wales Feathers (near Warren Street station) for some free drinks and food, and to meet other F1000Prime, F1000Workspace and F1000Research users from UCL.
We will start the evening at 6PM, and there will be a very short talk at 7PM, but most of the evening will be casual. F1000 staff will be in attendance to answer any questions about F1000, and you can meet some Associate Faculty Members and F1000 Specialists from UCL.
If you’re a UCL researcher and you’re available to join us at the pub on August 19th, please RSVP on Eventbrite, so that we know how many people to expect and how much food to order. We look forward to meeting you there!
Another F1000 meet-up
Want to know what F1000 meet-ups are like? Read about the Cambridge meet-up that happened last year.
Prof. Cantley has been a Section Head of the Cell Signalling Section since the beginnings of F1000 in 2001. He is the Meyer Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College, and a member of the national Academy of Sciences. In 2013, he won the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Cantley will now receive a $100,000 Canadian prize upon the presentation of the Canada-Gairdner award on October 29th in Toronto.
The award honours his groundbreaking discovery of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) enzyme and its signalling pathway, which has a primary role in cancer. His breakthroughs have led to the development of many drugs that target the this pathway, with many more to come in the future. Cantley said, “this will be a game-changer in the war against cancer and will make a big impact on patient care.”
Many congratulations to Lewis Cantley on this fantastic achievement!
We are sad to mark the death of Renal Pharmacology Section Head Russell Chesney.
Dr Chesney was a pediatric nephrologist at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as president of the American Pediatric Society and chairman of the American Board of Pediatrics. He joined F1000 as a Section Head in March 2009. He died of an apparent heart attack in April this year, aged 73.
Obituaries for Dr Chesney have beenpublishedhere. We send our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
This is a guest post by Microbiology Associate Faculty Member Michelle Leach, University of Toronto, who recently spent a few weeks interning at the BBC Science department. Here, she tells us about her experience and what she learned about disseminating science to a broad lay audience.
Science is a language. We start learning it at a young age, from the basic elements that make up the universe to why the sky is blue. However, take this learning to a University level, and all of a sudden the language becomes complex. You hear about amino acids: the building blocks of life, you learn their names and chemical compositions. The structure of DNA is broken down into chromosomes and then genes, you learn how genes are transcribed and later translated, each with its own unique role. Then comes the PhD. Here we often take one or two genes and we drill right down into them, communicating results to colleagues in a language that the average person would struggle to follow. We strive for perfection and for recognition among the scientific community. We hope that we can convince our peers that our science is worthy of funding, funding that would not be possible without the taxes we all pay. Thus, communicating our science to people outside the scientific community is imperative to highlight the importance of research and funding.
With this in mind, I undertook a 4 week placement at the BBC. I was excited to see how the BBC, one of the largest media outlets in the world, perceived science. I was placed with the Science and Development department. The team is responsible for generating all science related documentaries (think dinosaurs, volcanoes, diseases) that air on BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4. Prior to my first day, I was quite nervous. I had no idea what to expect, having spent most of my scientific career working at a laboratory bench, just me and my pipettes, quietly unravelling some of the mysteries of human disease.
During my 4 weeks I was involved in at least one brain storming session a week. In these sessions a list of current affairs, future movies, and top rated past documentaries was often passed around. With the passing of the ‘future movie’ list I was confused, what could Star Wars and Jurassic World have to do with science? I learned that, for example, with the making of Jurassic Park, everyone wanted to know about dinosaurs, consequently giving the BBC an area in which to focus documentaries.
I was also surprised to find that the most watched documentaries were those that involved filming in extremely remote locations. People want to see what they may never have the opportunity to see in their lives. As I threw ideas on the table, I was often told “too boring”, “already been done” or the one that shocked me the most was “too much doom and gloom”. With climate change, food shortages and a rise in antibiotic resistance, I wanted to highlight these issues and educate the public, but based on BBC ratings, these documentaries detract viewers! So there is a constant battle to produce documentaries that are interesting, current and educational with minimal “doom and gloom”.
Aside from brain storming, the day-to-day work was very similar to that of a scientist. You have an idea, you do some research, and you write a proposal. That proposal would get sent to the channel controller, similar to a grants board. Feedback was given, and the proposal was either accepted with some necessary changes or outright rejected. Many more ideas are rejected than accepted, which as scientists, we can all empathise with.
Working at the BBC was a fantastic experience. It has broadened my thoughts on public dissemination and how the general public feels about science. Current affairs, media and even our own personal lives affects what we want to know, and utilising this information will allow us to communicate our science to a broad audience. As for me, I have been told that if there is an outbreak in Candida infections, I will get a spot on prime time TV.
Hunting for references while you’re writing? Save time with F1000Workspace. Our Word plug-in allows you to find relevant citations without even leaving Word.
Whilst you’re writing, simply open up the ‘F1000’ tab in Word. From here, you can directly search PubMed, all F1000Prime article recommendations, and your own saved references or projects on F1000Workspace.
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