Good Bye 2011. Hello New Science Year! Its 2012! I hope everyone had a fabulous 2011 and rang in 2012 with a (big) bang!
There is so much a new year brings, especially in science. A new year with many possibilities. New conferences to attend (yeah!). Papers to publish. Exciting projects to start. And new posts to write for the JIDC Blog!
To move forward in a guided direction I often feel we need to review the past. What conferences were attended? Were they beneficial? What papers were we able to publish last year? Were they well received? What are the stages of the current projects? Are they close to a publication? Are they close to completion?
And here at the JIDC Blog, what were the posts on the Blog over the last year? Were they helpful to readers and authors? Did they promote scientific discussion? Were the Blog and the Blog Posts a good resource for research information? – This was my main goal when starting the JIDC Blog. My hope was that the Blog would be useful to JIDC readers and authors alike as an information resource as well as a point for discussions. I also hoped that it would be a valuable tool for non-JIDC members and help educate new people about JIDC.
So shall we review?
There is a blog tradition that I have only just learned about. The tradition is that the first post of the New Year should be a listing of all the first sentences from the first post of every month from the previous year.
Below is a listing of all of the first Posts of every month in 2011 and the first sentences from each. I have also added my personal notes from each post.
Here we go…
Hi, and welcome to JIDC’s blog.
I was sooo excited…and nervous to introduce the Blog to the JIDC community and the world. Would anyone read it? Would anyone like it? Would it be a Blog that we could be proud of? Only you can answer these questions for me.
A Challenge!! An Opportunity!!
My name is Olga André Chichava, and I’m a young biologist fromMozambique!
I absolutely loved this post from Olga. Her story gave an incredible view into the life of a research student who is also a mother. I was inspired to see her courage to move to a foreign country and her drive to build her masters project. She shared her passion for research as well as life with us. This post was featured on the headlines of Microbiology Daily, I was so proud. Also, this post is the most popular post on the Blog.
Insects have been found in Marrhama, a village in Blok Trehgam in the District of Kupwara Jammu and Kashmir, India. The main water source used for drinking purposes is badly affected by the insects.
This post from Dr. Kadri highlighted problems that affect regional areas which can easily go unnoticed to the rest of the world. I am so glad that he shared this experience so that more people can be aware of such difficulties that face communities. This is the second most popular post of all time on the Blog and I am happy that it has reached so many people!
The Africa Health Research Organization, AHRO, presents the International Conference on Drug Therapy in TB Infection
What: First International Conference on Drug Therapy in TB Infection
When: 6-7 January 2012
Where: Edinburgh Scotland
Who: Presented by AHRO,Africa Health Research Organization
It was great to post about this conference. Since the conference was just completed, I hope that everything went well and it was a successful event. Also, I would love to hear a roundup of the conference by anyone who attended. Please contact me if you are interested in writing a Blog Post describing this meeting.
And the winner is….I just couldn’t help it. I have enjoyed Open Access Week and the JIDC T-shirt give-away that I could not just draw only 1 name. So I picked 6!
Ooooo this was an exciting one. I was incredibly happy to share JIDC and the JIDC T-shirts with readers and authors! If you are a winner and you haven’t contacted me and would still like at T-shirt, please let me know.
How do I publish a scientific paper?…This question is asked by all young scientists.
How do you write a scientific paper? There are so many directions one can take when putting their research together. I hope this helped authors organize themselves when preparing manuscripts for JIDC. In addition to this Post, if you have other specific questions about writing a paper or you have a particular writing topic you would like to see a post about, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I am currently preparing a post how I write a scientific paper to share with you.
Memento te hominem esse. – Remember that you are human.
What an important point that is! Remember you are human. We are all vulnerable and delicate aren’t we? I am so happy to have posted the special work of ReR-MedToday! The importance of support during times of ill health can’t be overstated. I am sure the families touched by this organization are forever grateful.
Thats a Wrap!
So that’s the JIDC Blog for 2011. I hope 2012 brings just as fabulous Posts and discussions as 2011 did.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Posts and Discussion of the 2011 JIDC Blog! In no particular order, BIG THANKS to:
IRIN and Jane Summ
Olga Andre Chichava
Prof. Jorg Heukelbach
Anna Carolina Ritter
Dr. Vinod Singh
Dr. S.M. Kadri
Open Access and Open Access Week
Dr. Amber Farooqui
Jain et al., JIDC 2011
Dr. Abubaker Yaro
Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
1st International Conference on Drug Therapy in TB Infection
The Grandest Challenge
Dr. Abdallah S. Daar
Dr. Peter A. Singer
Ashish Chandra Shrestha
Marie Anne Chattaway
University of Buea, Cameroon
Dr. Lorelei Silverman
Dr. Rosalind Silverman
University Hospital of Hue, Vietnam
University of Sassari
Dr. Le Van An
Prof. Piero Cappuccinelli
Remi Eryk Raitza
Dr. Myo Nyein Aung
School of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok
And a spceial thanks to Prof. Salvatore Rubino for his support of the Blog!
Reflecting on the 2011 Blog has shown me I have lots more science to cover! It has also spiked my curiosity. What was your favorite Post of 2011? What about your Favorite JIDC Postcard? Was there a topic that you enjoyed reading about or a Postcard that you could identify with? Let me know. I love to hear from you!