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10,000 pounds on offer in young reader’s book award Grant Jacobs Apr 12


Do you know someone who has written who has written a science book–with it’s first edition in English–during 2008, 2009 or 2009, targeted at an audience aged up to 14?

If so, let them know about the English 2011 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize so that they can give their publisher a head’s up to submit an entry.*

The books must be available for purchase in the UK or via an on-line retailer (for which they don’t specific a country) but there are no restrictions on the geographical locations of the author or publisher.

There’s a total of £10,000 pounds up for grabs for the author(s) of the overall winner, with £1,000 to each short-listed entry.

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The Hippocrates Prize – 5000 pounds for a medical-themed poem Grant Jacobs Dec 01


The second year of the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is calling for entrants.


There are two competitions, one open to entries internationally, the other to ’current or former UK NHS-related staff and UK health students’. In each competition £5000 is awarded to the winner, £1000 to the second-place getter and £500 for third. In addition, there are 20 commendations, who will earn for themselves £50 each.

Last year’s inaugural competition open section was won by New Zealander, CK Stead, also the winner of the inaugural Sunday Times EPG Private Bank Short Story Prize (£25,000). The winner of the NHS section was Wendy French.

CK Stead has apparently retired. Part of me wonders if he is working harder and ’earning’ (well, winning) more than he did before retirement. Certainly he is doing very well for himself.

Good luck to those who enter. According to the publicity material, last year’s international (open section) prize saw over 1,600 entries from 31 countries.

This year’s judges are Wales’ first national poet, Gwyneth Lewis, and Professor Steve Field CBE, formerly the Chairman of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Advice is that the term ‘medical’ can be interpreted in the widest sense, and younger applicants are encouraged–don’t think this is only for old hands like Stead!

C’mon, let’s see a New Zealander win this again!


My thanks to Professor Donald Singer, University of Warwick, for bringing this competition to my attention.

Other articles on Code for life:

Popularity does not mean effectiveness or sensibility

I remember because my DNA was methylated

Book sales, frumpy readers, and mental rotation of book titles

Aww, crap.

What is your relationship with your research notebook?

NZBIO 2011 Student Scientific Poster Competition Grant Jacobs Nov 08

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Any local students looking to make a buck or looking for a foot into the door of the biotechnology industry?

I would particularly encourage final-year students with a leaning towards the biotech industry or entrepreneurship to look at this opportunity, as the meeting will be an opportunity for you to mix and talk with biotechnology people from throughout New Zealand and some overseas players.

Three prizes of $NZ500 and NZBio membership are up for grabs, along with free conference registration to all short-listed entries from each region (you get to present your poster at the meeting).

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Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing shortlist free to read Grant Jacobs Oct 21

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The shortlisted submissions for the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing for 2010 are now available on-line. Congratulations to all short-listed writers.

The entries are available as PDF files to download. Share your favourites in the comments. Have happy reading!

(As an aside I had wanted very much to enter myself, especially as neuroscience is an area I love to follow, but work commitments meant I didn’t have time put towards an entry. Next year maybe…)

Other articles at Code for life:

Book sales, frumpy readers, and mental rotation of book titles

I remember because my DNA was methylated

Deleting a gene can turn an ovary into a testis in adult mammals

GMOs and the plants we eat: neither are ’natural’

The inheritance of face recognition (should you blame your parents if you can’t recognise faces?)

Monkey business, or is my uncle also my Dad?

Friday fare Grant Jacobs Oct 08

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Time for the weekly round-up of lighter fare.

Ancient Greece is a (Grecian) myth The Onion puts out the odd gem, such as this report of an announcement that historians have entirely fabricated ancient Greece. Here’s an excerpt to get you started:

The group acknowledged that the idea of a sophisticated, flourishing society existing in Greece more than two millennia ago was a complete fiction created by a team of some two dozen historians, anthropologists, and classicists who worked nonstop between 1971 and 1974 to forge “Greek” documents and artifacts.

“Honestly, we never meant for things to go this far,” said Professor Gene Haddlebury, who has offered to resign his position as chair of Hellenic Studies at Georgetown University. “We were young and trying to advance our careers, so we just started making things up: Homer, Aristotle, Socrates, Hippocrates, the lever and fulcrum, rhetoric, ethics, all the different kinds of columns–everything.”

The Onion is a great place for light relief. Other headlines include: ’10 Million Killed Annually By Stepping Out Of Comfort Zones’ (here) and ’Teen With Cancer Vows It Won’t Keep Her From Being Mean, Moody Little Shit’ (great title, but the article doesn’t quite live up to it in my opinion).

(H/T @BoraZ)

Map of the on-line community xkcd has an enormous map of the on-line community, click on the image for the full cartoon/sketch.

Updated map of online communities (Source: xkcd.)

Updated map of online communities (Source: xkcd.)

Travel prize for ScienceOnline2011 Those hoping to get to the ScienceOnline2011 (un)conference (that includes yours truly) might be interested in this competition. The two best evolution blog posts chosen by two judges and the online science community will receive $US750 towards attending the meeting. The competition is not limited to those in the USA. Applications close December 1st.

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Pick the Nobel winners and win Grant Jacobs Sep 28

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Are you a hard-up Ph.D. student or post-doc looking for a chance to win a freebie? Or a staff member looking for a present for the kid on the cheap?

MedGadget are running an on-line competition: enter in the comments your predictions of who will win the Nobel prizes, being announced from next week, and your name goes in for an iPod. (An iPod Nano for each single category predicted correctly, and an 8Gb iPod Touch for predicting all three science prizes correctly.) Those outside the USA, Canada or the EU win cash.

If you don’t like entering this, but want to share your punts anyway, there’s always the comments below.

(H/T PZ Myers. If you know of any other competitions, let us know in the comments.)

Know a high-flying early-career neurobiologist looking for $US25K? Grant Jacobs Jun 08

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Just a quick note of an international essay competition worth $US25,000 to some happy early-career neurobiologist. Details are on-line, with the deadline only a few days away (June 15th).

The competition requires a 1,000 word essay, evidence of publications done by the applicant during the past three years using molecular or cellular biology, a c.v. and support from their post-doctoral supervisor or boss.

Past the word on to promising candidates that might be eligible. Good luck to applicants.

Public voting for Quark prizes now open Grant Jacobs Jun 03

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Recently I pointed out the latest Quark prizes competition for science blog writing had opened. Public voting is now starting until June 7th. (Ending midnight, New York City time.)

To vote, go the list of nominees, browse the entries, then click on the link near the top reading ‘click here to vote’.

There’s 80 articles of very good reading there. Even you aren’t interesting in voting I suggest visiting the page and browsing, the selection really is excellent.

Some of the more popular science blogs have quite a few entries! My blog (Code for life) has two: I’m flattered that someone else nominated an entry. Thank you to whoever you are :-)

Other posts on Code for life:

GMOs and the plants we eat: neither are “natural”

Monkey business, or is my uncle also my Dad?

Aww, crap.

Deleting a gene can turn an ovary into a testis in adult mammals

You can change the ideas, but not the data

Vote for the Quarks (science blogging awards) Grant Jacobs May 26


Get your votes in for this year’s science blogging Quark awards.

three-quarks-prizeYes, there is cash on offer.

Yes, you can nominate your own blog post.

They only take the first 200 nominations accepted, so get moving.

Please read the rules carefully! No excessively long posts, only from the last year, nominate one post only (note: post, not blog), etc.

This is a two-step process. Nominations are collected until midnight (NYC time) May 31st. Public voting follows.

I’ve listed my own more substantial posts below horizontal rule if readers feel any I’ve written are up to it.

Also worth reading are the thoughts of Professor Steven Pinker, who judged this prize last year, on selecting winning essays:

The best science essays give readers the blissful click, the satisfying aha!, of seeing a puzzling phenomenon explained. When I was a graduate student the antiquated plumbing in my apartment sprang a leak, and an articulate plumber (perhaps an underemployed PhD) explained what caused it. When you shut off a tap, a large incompressible mass moving at high speed has to decelerate very quickly. This imparts a big force to the pipes, like a car slamming into a wall, which eventually damages the threads and causes a leak. To deal with this problem, plumbers used to install a a closed vertical section of pipe, a ’pipe riser,’ near each faucet, . When the faucet is shut, the water compresses the column of air in the riser, which acts like a shock absorber. Unfortunately, gas under pressure is absorbed by a liquid. Over time, the air in the column dissolves into the water, which fills the pipe riser, rendering it useless. So every now and again a plumber has to bleed the system and let air back into the risers, a bit of preventive maintenance the landlord had neglected. It may not be the harmony of the spheres, but the plumber’s disquisition captures what I treasure most in science writing: the ability to show how a seemingly capricious occurrence falls out of laws of greater generality.

Struggling in a typical moment of self-doubt (I seem to live permanently in these), I don’t think my work is up to the high standards Pinker is looking for but I’ll let others be the judge. It’s not as if I have much choice on that!

Please do nominate my fellow scibloggers, too. You know where to find them.

Below are some of the more substantial post on Code for life over the past year. Looks like I’ve been busy!

Monkey business, or is my uncle also my Dad?

The inheritance of face recognition (should you blame your parents if you can’t recognise faces?)

Aww, crap.

Popularity does not mean effectiveness or sensibility

Deleting a gene can turn an ovary into a testis in adult mammals

GMOs and the plants we eat: neither are ’natural’

Testing common ancestry to all modern-day life

You can change the ideas, but not the data

Tracking disease and human migration through genetics

Rubella, not a benign disease if experienced during early pregnancy

All this talk about 3-D movies and TVs is depressing

Media thought: Ask what is known, not the expert’s opinion

Epigenetics, a confused muddle in the media

Retrospective–The mythology of bioinformatics

Scientists in “New Zealanders of the Year” media lists Grant Jacobs Dec 21

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Those end-of-year lists keep coming… Emerging are a number of lists representing “New Zealanders of the Year”. Not all have announced their nominees, but two of those that have started to announce them include scientists amongst their number.

The New Zealand Herald New Zealanders of the Year for 2009 recognises two scientists, Dame Anne Salmond and Al Rowland from a list of nominations submitted by staff.

Associate Professor Al Rowland (Massey University, now retired) was nominated for this pivotal role enabling military veterans to seek compensation for exposure to nuclear tests through demonstrating that military personnel exposed to nuclear testing had substantially more chromosomal damage than age-matched men who had not been exposed to nuclear tests.

Dame Anne Salmond (Professor, University of Auckland) is both a distinguished anthropologist and a historical non-fiction writer. Over and above many recognitions within NZ for her work, she has been honoured internationally. For anthropology she is a foreign associate in the National Academy of Sciences for her long services to anthropology of Maori and Pacific Islanders. She is also a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy humanities and social sciences. Her work includes studies of the history of exploration of the Pacific; her books have won numerous awards.

The last scientist recognised as the NZer of the year by the NZ Herald was Sir Peter Gluckman in 2004.

TV3 opens its list today with an account of nominee Peter Beck’s recent rocket exploits.  (They start at “10″, so I presume they are counting down to “1″.)

Older entertainment or fun posts in Code for life:

Explore ancient science books on-line

Science talks: 100 of the best

Neti pots now validated as sound science?

Royal science

Visual illusions, change blindness and autism

Monkey business, or is my uncle also my Dad?

Small world pictures

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