Godwits are flexible…when they get the chance

Black-tailed godwits are able to cope with unpredictable weather. This was revealed by a thorough analysis of the extraordinary spring of 2013 by ecologist Nathan Senner of the University of Groningen and an international group of colleagues. In 2013, godwits were surprised by an exceptionally cold spring upon their return to the Netherlands. Nevertheless the godwits had a particularly productive breeding season that year, writes Senner in Journal of Animal Ecology on May 29, 2015. —> Read More

Medical Researcher Allen D. Allen Is Waiting…

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Much of our lives are spent waiting. We wait for our hopes, plans and actions to develop, progress and mature. Allen D. Allen is a retired medical researcher and he too is waiting. He waits for the final chapter of his innovative life work.

Allen waits for the implementation of a blood test that he discovered to identify major depression. Most significantly, he is waiting for a Phase III clinical trial of an antibody that can change how HIV/AIDS is treated. In life, it takes a great deal of work and effort to hurry up and wait.

A Medical Researcher can be found at most university teaching hospitals. Their job is to observe and ponder. In the academic world of “publish or perish,” a medical researcher is looking for an interesting topic to investigate and launch into a study. It is a job that requires equal parts hope and skepticism.

Educated at Berkeley and UCLA, Allen D. Allen eventually landed into his desired role as a medical researcher in the 1980s. “I am very curious,” says Allen, “I like to pour over random case files, because, at some time, a pattern develops and there is that “Eureka” moment of a discovery.”

Prior to this, Allen found success in two very different, yet related, fields. As a songwriter, he composed a few hits, namely “Just Married”, a famous record by Marty Robbins. Advertising jingles proved to be the most lucrative. In the Sixties, Allen worked with many ad agencies and confesses, “It really was just like Mad Men.” He wrote and produced jingles for many products, such as Toyota, Sun-Maid Raisins, Manischewitz Wine and Shilling Spices.

Later in the decade, Allen founded a computer software company, long before computers had screens and graphics, back when a paper key card was strategically —> Read More

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