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Cash Flow: Susan G. Komen, financial implications, patent law.

Let's assume Susan G. Komen has found an all-encompassing cure for [breast] cancer. Who owns the rights to the patent? [more inside]
posted by aca.int on Feb 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Torture by the CIA: research projects vs. real-world knowledge

Torture by the CIA, specifically experimental/psychological torture, between about 1955 and 1985: how much more would CIA-funded lab psychologist Donald Hebb have known about specific real-world practices/pervasiveness than the general public could know? Articles or books where I can research this (especially anything he wrote himself)?
posted by kalapierson on Feb 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Strategic planning for anxiety sufferers.

Do you over think things? How do you channel this power for good while avoiding research-driven procrastination and anxiety? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jan 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Examples of positive change in public behavior after seeing it on Film or TV?

Examples of public health manipulation? [more inside]
posted by MansRiot on Jan 24, 2012 - 25 answers

stampede psychology

Is there any good research into how people behave in a stampede? You know, the classic fire in a theatre sort of stampede. I'm looking for academic articles, books, slate.com speculations, anything. Thanks!
posted by Pants! on Jan 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Should I stay or should I go now? (school)

Graduate with BS in biology or stay longer for CS (at state school)? [more inside]
posted by EsotericAlgorithm on Jan 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Finding records of city officials

Do you know of any resources that would help me find out about city officials--specifically mayors and chiefs of police--in major cities in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by _cave on Jan 16, 2012 - 9 answers

how to use job research to land an interview

Job Search: How do I make use of some research I've done about the company I most want to work for in order to GET an interview? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jan 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me counterbalance 200 questionnaires!

How can I effectively (and efficiently) counterbalance the questions for 200 questionnaires? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Jan 8, 2012 - 16 answers

not quite undergrad, not quite grad, but feeling a research binge

How do I turn my current (quite positive) experience with community work into (a) anthropological research pre-grad or (b) non-fiction writing? Or, how do you conduct research outside of the academy? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Dec 21, 2011 - 5 answers

How long must a drug company prove a drug safe and effective to win FDA approval?

When a drug company is trying to get the FDA to approve a new drug, my understanding is that they have to demonstrate that it's clinically effective and not acutely toxic for a finite period of time (weeks or months). But how long? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 15, 2011 - 11 answers

the relationship between procrastination, perfectionism, and anxiety

I think I procrastinate on projects as a dysfunctional way to manage my anxiety about them. Can you help me manage that anxiety more productively? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

My brain wants me to hate myself. My self wants me to finish college. Help.

Please help me make a plan to deal with the aftermath of this episode of severe depression. For various reasons I would really prefer not to be enrolled in college again next semester. It's long, I'm sorry, but I wrote this too quickly to pare things out. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 30, 2011 - 12 answers

How the hell did I get through life without learning the basics here?

I just realized i am dumb. will you please help me? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Nov 27, 2011 - 30 answers

Help with hiring someone to collect data from afar

I need about ten years of weekly advertisements placed in the classifieds section of an upstate, popular alternative newspaper. I've called around, and I cannot get the newspapers through inter library loan at my university. I cannot get the ads directly from the newspaper either, and I've exhausted every possible channel to do so. I think I am going to have to hire someone off of Craigslist, but I've never done this before, and would like some advice so that I ensure I get this to me in the most efficient format, at the lowest possible cost, without errors. I could use some advice on all aspects of the logistics of planning this, from start to finish. The project is important, and I have attention deficit disorder predominantly inattentive, which I think is why I've simultaneously procrastinating and over thinking this. I have a lot of questions, as you'll see. [more inside]
posted by scunning on Nov 24, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me find the best PDF management software for a Pd.D researcher

Looking for the absolute best and (preferably) easiest way to manage thousands of PDFs as part of dissertation research. [more inside]
posted by arco on Nov 14, 2011 - 18 answers

Spacing Out

What nonfiction book or paper must I read to write a convincing story about an interstellar journey on a generation ship? [more inside]
posted by Forbidden Equine Dentistry on Nov 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Who made this quote about knowledge and power?

Can you help me find a specific NYT Magazine article with an interview with a Bush administration official, or help me figure out where this article appeared that was not the NYTimes? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

These German historians would to like follow orders!

I'm writing a paper that involves reading forty articles by about thirty different historians. Their biographical details are relevant. I'd like to be able to enter information about these articles and their authors into a database (or something similar) and then be able to sort by the various categories, link entries together, easily have lists of all of the people or articles who fit a given criterium, et cetera. What should I use? Free or cheap, OSX-compatible, relatively low learning curve.
posted by naturalog on Nov 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me master my research/writing/reference management workflow.

Is there an app that can help me take notes, tag them by topic, then export my notes by tag while retaining information about their source? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Nov 7, 2011 - 9 answers

We'd like to be better at working with older adults.

I work in a research lab that is transitioning from working with young adult populations to working with 60 year old and up adults. Most people in the lab who don't have experience with older adults (myself included) are finding the transition frustrating and difficult at times. Can you recommend some resources to help us work better with older adults? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Nov 2, 2011 - 14 answers

How much am I allowed to quote while writing nonfiction?

Writing a nonfiction book. I am a total quote whore. How much am I allowed to quote from my sources directly if I get this published? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Nov 1, 2011 - 14 answers

research by insiders

Does anyone know of any published studies that demonstrate that members of minority groups (ethnic, sexual, etc.) are more likely to engage in scientific research about members of their own groups than non-members are? It seems like common sense but I'd really like to get something in writing.
posted by dlugoczaj on Oct 31, 2011 - 4 answers

Standing on the corner of the road to no regret.

After a few months of looking, I've found another research-related job at my university. Tell me what doors it will open to me that weren't open already. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 30, 2011 - 1 answer

So I want to be a tree hugging scientist...

What skills should I be developing while in university as to work as an ecologist, environmental scientist, something similar in the future? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Oct 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Breaking into a Research mindset

How should I get involved in doing my own research? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Oct 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Evaluating a professor

I am an advanced PhD student in an engineering discipline. I have been sent a presumably routine email from the department chair asking for comments on my research advisor's interaction with me to be submitted as an email, as a part of a multi-faceted evaluation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 14 answers

How should I manage my workflow for writing a nonfiction book?

How should I manage my workflow for researching and writing a nonfiction book using Evernote and other tools? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Oct 16, 2011 - 2 answers

Any rigorous study of unpredicted applications of pure math?

It is often said that pure math research finds unpredictable applications long after it is done. Has anyone tried to investigate this phenomenon rigorously? [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Sep 30, 2011 - 5 answers

My first poster!

How do I print a scientific/clinical research poster? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Sep 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Where do I find out more about the effects of the Pitcairn trials on the community, seven years on

If I want to find out more about the fallout from the Pitcairn rape trials, who should I contact? I have read the wikipedia entry on it, but I would ideally like to hear from people who were actually involved in the trial, or who are closely connected with the community, what the impact of it has been on the community. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Sep 29, 2011 - 16 answers

Suggestions for document analysis topics.

Help picking a topic that lends itself to document analysis via XML-based techniques that preferably has to do with Politics or Political Science (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Sep 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Converting musical audio to data?

Is there software capable of analyzing the note-to-note event data from a melody played on a solo acoustic instrument (live or recorded), and then generating a text file containing said data in a list form? [more inside]
posted by jamjames on Sep 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Can you suggest resources or further ideas for a student starting a master's thesis in philosophy?

Can you suggest resources or further ideas for a student starting a master's thesis in philosophy (the topic touches on racism and discrimination)? [more inside]
posted by keijo on Sep 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Help with Financial Research -- Statistics

I'm currently performing a mock research comparative analysis for a class. I'm researching the financials of 'our' metrics versus our highest competitors. One of the questions I'm attempting to answer asks if the variances (or standard deviations) of 'our' profit margins are statistically similar to the variances in profit margins of our competitors over a five year period. I have 11 companies representing the profit margins of our competitors, and of course the reports on our profit margins for these five years. Now it's been a while since my last stats course... so I'm wondering, would I use an F or Levene's Test to answer this? Or am I completely off base... and should look to another form of analysis.
posted by Steve073190 on Sep 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Anyone using Devonthink Pro?

I'm considering using Devonthink Pro for research and article writing. Looks very interesting. And MeFites out there already using it with great success? Would love some tips and pointers about what your process is like. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by chasing on Sep 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Recommend books about the history of the social contract?

Can you suggest good books on the evolving social contract? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Sep 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Where are the books on doing research in support of a union organizing campaign?

I am looking for books, articles, courses, or other materials on doing research in support of union organizing campaigns. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Creating Methods of Analysis for Dummies

When developing a method of analysis in scientific research, which rules and guidelines can you follow to make sure that the qualities by which you analyze things are valid, sound, relevant and related?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Sep 3, 2011 - 15 answers

How to find biomedical research publications that are 'guaranteed' to be 'basic' (rather than applied) science?

A biomedical research paper that leads to a new evidence-based treatment guideline could be called the 'gold standard' of clinically-relevant research. Is there a 'gold standard' that defines a 'basic science' biomedical research paper? [more inside]
posted by pjaust on Sep 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Know any good spots for social network analysis methods advice?

Where can a fellow (who has access to online academic resources but is 1000mi+ from a quality academic library) get some hands-on advice for gathering data for social network analysis? Bonus substantive questions inside. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Aug 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Civil Service Summaries

Looking for short PDFs summarising topics relevant to UK politics, probably posted to Metafilter in the last couple of years. These were produced by civil servants or advisors to explain the broad concepts of a topic (e.g. Nuclear power) to a politician in just a few pages. Thanks.
posted by theyexpectresults on Aug 29, 2011 - 4 answers

Should I let a bad paper with my name on it be presented at an academic conference?

How concerned should I be about a mediocre paper I co-wrote being presented at a conference (by a classmate I despise and distrust)? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Aug 26, 2011 - 17 answers

Researchers: Share your workflow!

I'm planning a grad-student workshop on ways to manage research assets (particularly primary sources) more efficiently using digital tools. Please share your own workflow! [more inside]
posted by miriam on Aug 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Can I donate my eggs for science?

Donating eggs for research [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on Aug 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Leave Me Alone

How can I tell my ex-academic supervisor to leave me alone? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Aug 11, 2011 - 16 answers

What is this study design?

Help me design my research project: I'm collecting numerical data on a group of people compared to age-matched averages. Eg, I have a group of left-handed people and I want to know if their blood pressure differs from the average age-matched blood pressure. I don't have a control group, just data on blood pressure. What study design is this? Hint: it's not case control. I'm stuck.
posted by superfish on Aug 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Shifting into research - how?

Are there any options for getting research lab experience long after completing my undergrad degree? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Aug 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Olde Time New York Periodicals Online?

Online searchable archives of early 20th century NYC newspapers that are *not* the New York Times? [more inside]
posted by bepe on Aug 2, 2011 - 9 answers

WWII naval coordinate system

Anyone able to help with naval coordinates from WWII? I'm writing a play set in WWII and I want to make it more authentic by using the technical jargon of the time. It's set in the pacific and I'm coming up empty-handed with other searches on how they plotted courses and the coordinate systems used. If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated!
posted by rawredmeat on Aug 2, 2011 - 4 answers

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