Return to DC

I’m back from the Eastern Shore. Was on on the Bay this morning in a classic cat boat, it was very nearly perfect weather.

In the meantime have received abysmal news from NIH concerning the metrics on investigator initiated RO1 grants. The success rates are at an all time low of 17.4% for the year that ended September 30. That combined with “sunset” provisions for NIH RO1’s after one resubmission are changing the game entirely for biomedical research. There is much to worry about.

Back from vacation

Yes, even this blog takes time off occasionally. For me, that involved a quick trip to the Eastern Shore. The image is just another sunset off a cove near St. Michaels. That water is crawling with lots of blue crabs and oysters–so it all fits with the theme of marine biology (meep meep).

But now we’re back, and just in time for DC’s muggiest and hottest days. We get through these, with the AC running, and it’s all down hill.