Insanitek R&D is a company that I’m quite proud of. It is a company that is based around inventors, community, and self motivation to learn from each other.
Part of being a scientist is disseminating your research so others can learn from it and reproduce the experiments (and hopefully the solutions). Whether writing and publishing their own or translating yours, Insanitek Ink specialises in taking science literature and translating into every day English so it can be appreciated by the public.
What’s the good of researching and writing all the knowledge down if people can’t understand it? Thus, we have an educational division and outreach that is currently in production. It starts with a community of mentors, but who knows where it’ll go?
There is something to learn from every place you’ve been. In this post I discuss two things that I learnt from academia that I apply to working in industry. These are lessons from writing a grant to playing nice with others.
Dr. James Turner, a fabulous scientist, has done a lot in his life. He managed programs in Magnetic Fusion Energy, Nuclear Weapons Safety and Nuclear Non-Proliferation. He was also deputy director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and director, Office of International Affairs and Senior Adviser to the NOAA Administrator. I had the privilege of interviewing him for the AAAS community.
My colleague and I performed a small teaching experiment to check the efficiency of our pedagogy. This is a brief outline of what we did and the results. We are currently considering a further study upon interest of the readers in which we switch teaching styles and have the students give us feedback on our performance. Let the fun begin!
Three articles detailing why the newest policy from the Judiciary and Education Departments is going the wrong way towards finding a solution to the sexual harassment problems in universities. These articles are from 5 points of view: my own, two male grad students harassed by their female PI, and two undergrad students harassed by their fellow classmates.
Homeschooling is no longer only for the rich and paranoid nor the religiously fanatic. Reading this frank interview, you'll see that homeschooling is about making sure your kids have the best education they can have, which is the best gift you can give a kid. Included in this project is an interview with a homeschool veteran, Karen Lange, and an honest book review of her how-to guide on homeschool co-ops.
For the last three years I've been writing for AAAS. I've had the opportunity to share the posts in a more open setting after 6 months have passed with them being exclusive to the AAAS community. I'm finally editing them and putting them up on Insanitek for the whole world to see.
Reviews of individual massive open online courses (MOOC) can be useful for both employers that look for certain skill sets as well as for the prospective student. This is an ongoing project where I take a MOOC, treat it seriously, and then write an honest review of what the class really is like. I hope to also collect other's reviews to put on Insanitek Ink as well.
Have you really considered the importance of brain injuries? They are one of the most misunderstood injuries with potentially high consequences and a wide range of symptoms. I am doing a op-ed piece on behalf of a client so awareness is drawn to brain injuries, the impact they can have on an individual's life, and a call to action to be more proactive about preventing them.
This is to be a longitudinal study on running a company based on nothing but freelancers and independent contractors. It will look at various leadership styles, organisational and system styles, and freelancer attitudes. It will discuss what does and doesn't work in a very frank way. Feedback and participation is always appreciated.
The American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) has a members only area called Member Central. I toss in my two cents to their blog once a week. I write about volunteer opportunities, career advice, policy, and even conduct interviews with other scientists to help them get their work noticed.
SAGE publications focuses on social sciences instead of just hard science. This is my second home as it fits right along with my love of looking at the impacts of science on society as well as the various "soft" sciences. Here I write about more volunteer opportunities, career advice, and happenings in any field of the social sciences.
BlogMutt is a content mill that specifically works to fill other's blogs. I like to write about different things from time to time that don't fit into the "science" aspect. This is one way I release that need to just write about anything.
Many of you know that I'm a fan of self defence. So, I occasionally contribute Gun Handbags' blog, a place for concealin' carryin' gals.
Krysha Thayer is a great writer that got me started on a freelance writing career years ago. I have always enjoyed working with her on her many and varied projects.