I know you guys are busy but come on

I got the summary statement for my latest NIH grant (this one was for a special mechanism). The application was unscored, again, but you know, I’m cool with no scores now. The summary statement, on the other hand, I am not fine with. Not a single comment on the grant. I poured myself into learning an area that I knew nothing about for this grant. They could have at least given me one sentence. Otherwise, how am I supposed to know the thing was even reviewed.

In other news, my R01 gets resubmitted this week. I need a vacation. Luckily I have one coming up… Mr and Mrs Juniorprof are going to Quito and Galapagos. We’ve got a month before we leave so any advice from those that have been is most welcome.

12 responses to “I know you guys are busy but come on

  1. Galapogos? That’s awesome/I’m jealous/take pictures!

  2. JP- I’m sorry, that sucks.
    But the Galapagos… dude-… I’m so SO jealous!! Leave your worries at home and HAVE FUN!!

  3. Grrrrrrrrr (to the NIH). Hang in there!

    Enjoy your trip!!!!! It’s incredibly beautiful, and I think you’ll have a wonderful time.

    My $0.02: Go to as many different islands as you can in the Galapagos. Each individual island (esp the small ones) isn’t very biodiverse… it’s the ability to compare the species among the islands that’s the amazing thing.

    There’s an exit visa fee you have to pay, in cash, to leave Ecuador. It was $25 when I was there, I didn’t know about it ahead of time and I had spent all my cash on tchotchkes in Quito. I had to borrow my fee from another traveling American…

  4. No review at all? That seems odd. Some weird rules of the mechanism?

  5. No written review at all. The last, administrative page, actually says that it got full written reviews but in the place where the written reviews should be it says that the application did not receive a written review (although it was reviewed by “editors”). I don’t know how they ran this thing exactly but I find it highly unfair to not receive at least a very short review.

  6. Call your motherfucking program officer.

  7. Yeah, call. Something is weird. We did get a note in the middle of our read phase the week prior to the meeting that some entered critiques “might have been lost”. Perhaps yours really were lost and nobody noticed?

  8. I called, no written review for this one. No comments from the PO either. This sucks!

  9. Wow! That is really crappy! I’d seriously think about never working with that PO again…

  10. Daniel Bruno Sanz would like to share his Huffington Post essay with you;
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-bruno-sanz/obama-2012_b_234874.html
    Please post it on your website and send your link to us for inclusion at DanielBrunoSanz.com
    Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/DanielBrunoSanz
    Regards,
    Navas
    Here are the keyords in the essay:
    13th Amendment, 14th Amendment, 2012 Election, B.E.T., Barack Hussein Obama, Booker T. Washington, Bryant Park, Cipriani’s, Colin Powell, Criminal Industrial Complex, Deb Slott, Do The Right Thing, Heidi Klum, Hip-Hop, Mark Penn, Melting Pot, Pink Elephant, Racism, Reconstruction, Robert Johnson, Seal, Segregation, Shelby Steele, Sidney Poiter, Sonia Sotomayor, Spike Lee, Tavis Smiley, Terrence Yang, The Dance Flick, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Virginia Davies, W.E.B. Dubois, Zero Mostel, Politics
    Prologue to Obama 2012
    We approach the future walking backwards, our gaze forever fixated on the past. Predicting the future is not a passive exercise; we invent it every day with our actions.
    I began the sketches for what would ultimately become Obama 2012 in March 2007, a month after Barack Obama declared his candidacy. I had spent much of the previous 18 months living abroad as an entrepreneur and statesman of sorts, and I was slightly out of touch with the pulse of life on the street in the United States. I learnt about Sen. Barack Obama’s Springfield, IL speech formally declaring his candidacy for president of the United States through one of the international cable news channels and thought how great it would be to have a fresh start after years of mediocrity in Washington and a plummeting reputation around the world.
    By September, after what seemed like raising a six-month-old child, my sketches had turned into Why the Democrats Will Win in 2008 the Road to an Obama White House. It was my answer to the burning question everyone had back in March: Can he really win? Actually, not everyone thought it was a question. For many people, including Mark Penn, director of the Clinton campaign, the answer was an easy “no way.” This strategic blunder made it that much easier for the Clinton campaign to be defeated. Then there were Black pundits like Shelby Steele, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, who came out with a 2007 book entitled A Bound Man, Why Obama Can’t Win.
    Being Black did seem to be an automatic disqualification, but then why did someone need to write an entire book arguing what should have been patently obvious? Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell came to my mind and I remembered that he could have run for president in 1992 as a war hero. But Colin Powell was Ronald Reagan’s protégé and got a special pass on the race question. Black conservatives like Justice Thomas, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell were careful to disassociate themselves from liberal thinkers and activists like Jesse Jackson, who lost, as expected, the 1984 and 1988 Democratic primaries. Ultimately, Colin Powell, in spite of all his honors, declined to run for president. His wife Alma feared for his safety. Common sense said that a candidate like Obama, for numerous insurmountable reasons, didn’t stand a chance of winning the Democratic primary, let alone a general election in which 10% of the electorate is African American and Republicans controlled the White House for 20 of the preceding 28 years. But I decided that Obama’s chances merited a closer examination. In it, I would bring to bear my gambling skills.

  11. Your blog is so informative … ..I just bookmarked you….keep up the good work!!!!

    I’m Out! :)

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