Hey, you guys in DC, I’m trying to work here!

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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). https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B006CSULBW? All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising.
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7 Responses to Hey, you guys in DC, I’m trying to work here!

  1. vp says:

    Sad ..

    In the beginning I thought it was hackers who broke the NIH web servers, but then I realized what was going on.

    Is anyone aware of how long this situation may last?

  2. Cromercrox says:

    It’s all part of the Republican war against science- praise The Lord! Let’s hope that while NASA’s asteroid monitoring service is switched off that Congress gets hit by a space rock

  3. Grant says:

    Hmm, not looking good… In principle things like that might also affect people outside the USA.

  4. Two words:


    Yes, I know it’s (a) not at all organized, (b) full of duplications, (c) not keyworded or annotated in any meaningful way, (d) manifestly unable to do sub-year date range searches, and (e) probably a lot of other annoying things, but it does mostly work.

    The US government thing does stink though. I guess it’s probably still possible to get gun permits though, right? Those are administered at the State level? What a relief.

  5. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    I spent part of my long weekend working on two NIH grants that are now in limbo.

    Our abstract submissions to a European conference – being coordinated by the NIH, for ’tis an international consortium – are also in limbo. I have no idea whether I should be making a poster or a presentation, or neither.

    Of course, things are far, far worse for US scientists – but the effects of this shutdown are reaching beyond your borders in more forms than PubMed issues 🙁

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