eNewsletter | April 24th, 2017.

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Sofja Kovalevskaja Award.

Scientists and sholars of all disciplines from abroad are eligible to apply

Submit an application if you are a successful top-rank junior researcher from abroad, only completed your doctorate with distinction in the last six years, and have published work in prestigious international journals or publishing houses. The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows you to spend five years building up a working group and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of your own choice at a research institution of your own choice in Germany.

Scientists and scholars from all disciplines may apply online until July 31 2017 to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Humboldt Foundation plans to grant up to six Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards. The award is valued at up to 1.65 million Euro .

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NIH grant preparation: Know your resources

While we would like to report we have assembled a list of secrets to NIH grant writing made easy, the truth is, there is no such thing. A successfully funded grant is a blend of thorough preparation, persistent hard work, scientific ingenuity, expert collaboration, strategic planning and just plain good fortune. We hope that this article will provide sound advice for successful NIH grant writing, whether you are applying for your first fellowship as a pre- or postdoctoral trainee, establishing yourself as an independent investigator or simply looking to improve your grant writing skills. In the following sections we will walk through the key components of the NIH grant writing process from start to finish...

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The Four Stages of Life



Ranks of Scientists Aging Faster Than Other Workers

The work force is aging in the United States, and scientists are leading the way. From 1993 to 2008, the share of scientists aged 55 and older increased by nearly 90 percent, according to David Blau and Bruce Weinberg, economics professors at the Ohio State University.

By comparison, the share of all American workers aged 55 and older increased by little more than 50 percent during that period.

Dr. Blau and Dr. Weinberg attributed aging of the scientific work force to its large cohort of baby boomers and a decline in retirement rates, most likely triggered by the elimination of mandatory retirement in universities in 1994.

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Crayfish Animal Model for Alcohol Sensitivity Research

The three researchers’ purpose in studying drunken crayfish is to understand better how alcohol induces behavioural changes. Most recreational drugs, from cocaine and heroin to nicotine and caffeine, have well-understood effects on known receptor molecules in brain cells.

That is not, though, true of ethanol, as the type of alcohol which gets people drunk is known to chemists. Ethanol’s underlying molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. But one thing which is known is that crayfish are affected by the same concentrations of the stuff as those that affect humans.

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