Friday, March 30, 2012

iBioMagazine

I recently discovered iBioMagazine, which I highly recommend. The iBioMagazine website describes its goals.
“iBioMagazine offers a collection of short (<15 min) talks that highlight the human side of research. iBioMagazine goes 'behind-the-scenes' of scientific discoveries, provides advice for young scientists, and explores how research is practiced in the life sciences. New topics will be covered in each quarterly issue. Subscribe to be notified when a new iBioMagazine is released.”
Here are some of my favorites:

Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-Chief of Science magazine and coauthor of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, tells about how he learned from failure.

Former NIH director Harold Varmus explains why he became a scientist.

Young researchers participating in a summer course at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole explain why they became scientists.

Hugh Huxley discusses his development of the sliding filament theory of muscle contraction. Of particular interest is that Huxley began his career as a physics student, and then changed to biology. Andrew Huxley (no relation), of Hodgkin and Huxley fame, independently developed a similar model.

Finally, readers of Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology should be sure to listen to Rob Phillips’ wonderful talk about the role of quantitative thinking and mathematical modeling in biology. Phillips is coauthor of the textbook Physical Biology of the Cell, which I have discussed earlier in this blog.

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