SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING & PEER REVIEW

Retraction Watch
The lessons of famous science frauds [The Verge]
 

Books (Fiction & Non fiction)

(all links go to Google Books listings)

 

Career Development:

- Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development by Toby Freedman. 

A great resource to the early career scientist who isn't sure what they want to do. Freedman covers the entire landscape of industry positions and outlines critical and useful information drawn from dozens of interviews conducted with professionals in those careers.

Personal Development:

- Make it Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

- Using scientific studies, Heath & Heath demonstrate why communication is so important in all aspects of our lives, especially job searching and how to improve it. Written in an easy to digest way, this is one of the most influential books I have ever read.

- We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter by Celeste Headlee

In this digital age, we are inundated by many ways to talk at each other, but are we really talking with each other? Headlee describes incredibly common communication mis-steps we are all guilty of, and strategies to change our ways to improve our lives through the power of effective communication. 

Science:

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee.
Non fictional book describing the history of cancer treatment and discovery. A great read which has also just been made into a 3 part mini-series by Ken Burns with PBS. 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Non fictional book describing the creation of the most used cancer tool in the world, the HeLa cell line and the effect this has had on ethical use of human tissue and the human aspect of patient consent. 

- Billion Dollar Molecule by Barry Werth

The true-life account of how the now successful biotech company Vertex attempted to make viable drugs using computational methods. Very insightful and honest!