Marie Curie days

These are application-times again. Now for the EU financed Marie Curie postdocs. Those have been around for a while in different shapes and versions. I applied for mine back in 2000, but back in those days they were not as good as they are now. I remember being granted both my MC application, and a…

While the cat’s away

So, full activity in June, to get as much as possible done before vacation. Submissions for sequencing, writing manuscripts, preparing for autumn-journeys, everything. And then four weeks of vacation. I did pop in a few times when I was in town, hard to leave it all alone. Cause much of the rest of the group…

One day at METU makes a hard man humble…

Two working-days at METU in Ankara. What to do with them? Prepare for several EU applications, or revise a manuscript that had been on review in a journal, or participate in a population-genetic skype-meeting with Greece, or participate in a meta-genomic discussion, or plan the analyses of a dataset, or plan for new sample applications,…

Good news comes with the end of vacations

I have decided to go on vacation more often. The reason being that there has been much good news these first days since I came back (well, I´m really not back yet, at least not officially). Thus, if I go on vacation every Monday, and come back to this kind of news every Tuesday, it…

Vacation is over

One of my former bosses once told me that it is not always easy to get good researchers, so one will have to live with what he gets. Well, I don´t know where, or how he is looking, but I feel sorry for him. After a few weeks of vacation, I came back to what…

Submitting, the end-game

I came in to work today, and there was Ricardo submitting a manuscript with some support from Maja. It is actually amazing when a project reaches this stage, that a project reaches this stage. First it is an idea and the material is collected. It is all fresh here, a new cool idea. Then it…

Arkeologiturné

Vacation, what to do when on vacation? Why not go and listen to the information about Sandby borg this evening? At least if you are living in southern Sweden. Today, at 17.00, at Hatten in Malmö (http://www.farihatten.se). The story behind Sandby borg contains everything you want to see in Vikings and Game of Thrones, and…

To Moscow! To Moscow! To Moscow!

Moscow is a place I visited much in my youth, but I have not been here for nearly two decades. Back then it was everything but work that brought me here (at least on my earliest visits), but that was then. Now I was told by Maria Dobrovolskaya that she may have spotted some common…

They can never leave

These have been some productive days, Anna Linderholm and Cristina Valdiosera have been here producing. Both Anna and Cris are on my list of “very good researchers”, why I would host them any day of the week. And also, why there is always a lot of data where ever they have been. For example, Anna…

Nostalgia

Swedish midsummer brings a lot of feelings, and sometimes some nostalgia. So where does it take us, nostalgia? Perhaps to a laboratory in Uppsala some 10 years ago or so. Where I was loading a minigel with some 20 PCR products. After having extracted DNA from some freaking ancient domesticates (cause back in those days…

Challenges of cross-disciplinary work

Cross-disciplinary science does present a number of challenges. But it is also very rewarding. It is often in-between established sciences one finds solution to problems that have been complicated to address previously, or even completely new and super-interesting problems to work with. Much of today was dedicated to preparing a re-submission of one of our…

Group-size and output

My good friend Love just provided me with a paper by Cook, Grange, and Eyre-Walker. About group-size and productivity. They have played around with group-sizes, different types of group-members, and different types of output. And they have some good data to work with, and do good statistics. A good paper it seems to me. Part…