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2011: The year in blog numbers

Well, we’re right about at the end of 2011 and it’s time to thank you find readers for checking in with us throughout the year. We’re slowly rebuilding our momentum here at GlobCasino since moving from ScienceBlogs and were just shy of 90,000 visits for the year. Many of our colleagues get that many each month or week, and a few even each day. Still, we’re very happy that you take time to read here – we consider our readers to be top-quality – brilliant, creative, good-looking, and they even smell good, too! I’ll take 90,000 of you folks any day over millions of other less desirable readers.

I can’t resist the temptation to put up our year-end traffic report since I have the data available and I just love data sets. In addition, I find it interesting to see what topics garnered the greatest traffic. Below, I’ve put up the list of posts that received 100 or more views. The homepage is obviously the first because of those who have us saved as a browser bookmark. But, no surprise, our major topic of interest overall was synthetic marijuana and other until-recently-legal high such as “bath salts.” But ranking quite highly were our posts on dietary supplements containing aromatase inhibitors for bodybuilding and the newly-approved natural product analog for multiple sclerosis, fingolimod (Gilenya).

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Ch-ch-ch-ch, Changes

Hmm. . .I wonder what kind of natural products that whale made.

Regular readers probably know my childhood story of growing up within sight of the Hoffmann-La Roche tower in Nutley, NJ, and planning to one day be a research scientist there.

Me. Roche. Period.

That was my world and those were the lofty expectations when I left the little Polish town of Wallington to go off to college.

Little did I know that an education course through Philadelphia, north Florida, and Denver would make an academic out of me. And even less had I anticipated falling in love with a brilliant physician-scientist and leaving my tenured position at Colorado to move blindly to the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. I wiggled my way into a wonderful position with the co-discoverers of taxol and camptothecin, Drs. Monroe Wall and Mansukh Wani, and then moved across town to North Carolina Central University. In each position, I picked up new skills – teaching, public outreach, natural products chemistry, scientific writing – that when combined have led my career GPS to recalculate my route.

Well, today marks the formal announcement of another step in my unforeseen path.

Come January, I’ll be joining the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences as Science Communications Director in their new wing, the Nature Research Center (NRC).

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Most important lessons learned from a teacher

Keith with a model of a DNA molecule. Credit: Steve Silberman/NeuroTribes

In the current US political climate, teaching as a profession is taking a beating. I don’t quite understand how one of the most important jobs in this country, particularly at the K-12 level, is somehow perceived at the heart of our economic woes.

Over at his NeuroTribes blog (mind, science, culture) at PLoS Blogs, science journalist Steve Silberman has a superb collection of science writer reflections on the most important lessons some of us have learned from teachers. I’m honored to have been invited to be in such lofty company – thanks, Steve!

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