Announcing: the first documented Occam’s Typewriter scientific collaboration

I am very pleased to announce–after many months of work, revisions, and re-revisions–(to the best of my knowledge) the first scientific collaboration born out of Occam’s Typewriter. After all, in addition to all the peripheral fun of being a scientist and contributing to the dialog on OT, it’s certainly nice to receive true peer recognition.

Here’s to many more! Cheers!

Accepted for publication in the Journal of Cell Science, Sept. 26, 2011.

Differential regulation of actin microfilaments

by human MICAL proteins

Sai Srinivas Panapakkam Giridharan1, Jennifer L. Rohn2*, Naava Naslavsky1* and Steve Caplan1*.

1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Eppley Cancer Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska 68198-5870, USA, and 2MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London, London, WC1E 6BT, UK.

*Address correspondence to:

Steve Caplan: scaplan[at], Naava Naslavsky:  nnaslavsky[at], or Jennifer L. Rohn:  j.rohn[at]


About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery. "Saving One" is my most recent novel set at the National Institutes of Health. Now IN PRESS: Today's Curiosity is Tomorrow's Cure: The Case for Basic Biomedical Research (CRC PRESS, 2021). All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising.
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19 Responses to Announcing: the first documented Occam’s Typewriter scientific collaboration

  1. chall says:

    woho! Interesting and fun! Congratulations!

    I’ll have to read it tomorrow at work since I can’t access it from home… (*mumbles something about having to have access through proper channels etc* ^^

  2. cromercrox says:

    Hmmmm. Given the authorship at least half of it must be a work of fiction. In rhyming couplets.

  3. ricardipus says:

    *BIG GRIN*

    I’m going to read it, but I doubt I’ll understand any of it. What’s an actin micro-thingummy? 😉

  4. Heather says:

    Fantastic! I am so glad I stopped by to look at this. A great precedent indeed, and congratulations to all concerned.

  5. For me, the biggest kick was being “the actin expert”. A first, for me, and I was happy to find that my intellectual contribution in this particular field was more than up for standing alone. When you’re writing a paper with a senior author who’s also your lab head, it’s a qualitatively different experience. I’ve not yet had the chance to be a senior author, but I imagine this is something else yet again.

    • Steve Caplan says:

      It’s interesting that I have been lamenting the lack of an actin expert on my campus since arriving here in 2003. When it comes down to it, I’m the resident actin expert, and that’s not saying much.

      The great thing about modern science and today’s technology is that if there’s no actin expert in situ, it really doesn’t matter if we find someone to collaborate in Chicago, LA, NY or–best of all–London!

  6. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Excellent – congratulations!

    Who knew that actin up on the interwebs could be so beneficial?!

  7. Steve Caplan says:

    With a Glaswegian accent, wouldn’t that be “Achhh-tin”?

    • Long ‘a’, but less ‘ch’ sound, I think; more: “Aahk-tin”

      Which reminds me of the student who once wrote an exam essay referring throughout to:

      ‘the contractile proteins acting and myosin”

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