I wrote to my MP about Early Day Motion 772 – Access to EU research programmes

I wrote to my MP about the Science is Vital lobby about EDM772.

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My MP replied to my letter about #tampontax

Over 24 hours after sending my email I’ve had a reply. I’m not really satisfied, because I think that a majority on this vote could have taken the issue to the EU with more credibility.

We negotiated with the EU in 2000 and got the tax cut from 17.5% to 5%, and I firmly believe that with enough support and campaigning we could remove the tax completely…across the EU. Why should UK women have more privilege regarding sanitary products compared to women of other EU member states?

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What Psychology Journal Editors Really Do (Really?)

I found this article when searching online to find ways to get involved and work with journals other than doing peer-review…food for thought!

(For clarification, this is satirical and in no way represents what editors actually do!)

My Perspectives (on PsychScience)

A while back I posted the following on a private site.  It got some interesting responses.

I find this [previous] discussion of editorial motives and behavior very interesting.  I am about to break the code of silence here; please don’t spread this around and get me into trouble.

Among the things you guys seem not to know: After you are appointed the editor of a major psychology journal, you are invited to editor boot camp.  This is a three-day retreat in which you learn how to do the job.

Day 1 was mostly an overview of the “system” – the roles people play (from publishers to reviewers to authors), the stages of publication, and the various electronic systems that are used.  Then there was a short section about reviewers – how to select, treat, cajole, and reward them.

Day 2 was about dealing with authors.

The first part was about initial submissions: How…

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It’s the postdoc life!

My Post-doc hasn’t gotten this bad yet (though I’m only 6 weeks in!), but I like the lyrics regardless!

 

The Lab and Field

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I’m fond of the hashtag #postdoclife when discussing certain aspects of my work.  Well, today a colleague asked if it was prompted by the number “It’s the hard-knock life” from the musical “Annie“.

I admit it wasn’t, but the idea (and startling similarities, at least in the stereotype) were amusing.  So I present, for your enjoyment, tongue planted firmly in cheek:

(watch the video if you aren’t familiar with the song)

It’s the postdoc life!

It’s the postdoc life for us!
It’s the postdoc life for us!

‘Steada tenure,
We get term!

Submitted papers,
They get ditched!

It’s the postdoc life!
No position to speak of, so,
It’s the postdoc slog we know!

“Student” status,
‘Steada staff!

Crappy office
‘Steada good!

It’s the postdoc life!

Don’t it feel like the grants are always failin’?
Don’t it…

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