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[23 Dec 12: 13:20]
Inbox zero! I don't even remember the last time I could say that!

[06 Aug 12: 14:21]
Phew! Done with nine 20min oral exams, three more to go. To be continued tomorrow...

[14 Oct 11: 11:45]
Just received an email from a computer science student - with an AOL email address?

[03 Jul 11: 22:26]
Google citation alerts suck: I just found out by accident I rolled over h-index of 13 and 500 citations

[21 May 11: 18:14]
6.15pm: Does god have Alzheimer? No #rapture in Europe...

[01 May 11: 11:31]
w00t! Just been invited to present at OKCon 2011! #OKCon2011


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Great review on sea slug learning
There's a great new article out in the journal Learning & Memory. It reviews the recent developments in the field of conditioning the feeding behavior of the sea slug Aplysia. You can see an example of what this beha...[more]
paper   Aplysia   learning   
Posted on Friday 01 December 2006 - 19:17:12

The poverty of journal publishing

Back in April, just as I set out on my crazy teaching assignment in Leipzig, I received a manuscript on academic publishing which was accepted for publication, entitled "The Poverty of Journal Publishing". Back then, I d...[more]
publishing   paper   
Posted on Monday 19 November 2012 - 16:19:26

Finally accepted at PLoS One
After an extensive time for more analysis, models and calculations we now finally got our manuscript on spontaneous behavior in Drosophila accepted in the open-access journal PLoS One! After all the suggestions from the ...[more]
PLoS One   paper   drosophila   spontaneous behavior   
Posted on Friday 20 April 2007 - 20:17:39

complex learning in fruit flies
Sadiepete (not a scientist) asked me some questions after having read our recent paper on context and occasion setting in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). I sat down and answered some of them by email. I think it's...[more]
drosophila   paper   behavior   learning   context   occasion setting   mushroom-bodies   
Posted on Thursday 26 October 2006 - 08:44:32

Closed access is when you can't read your own article
This is just amazing. First, we get invited to submit articles to the Journal of Neurogenetics for a special issue for the retirement of my thesis advisor Martin Heisenberg. Then so many people want to write in his honor...[more]
open access   paper   science publishing   
Posted on Wednesday 07 January 2009 - 18:32:02

The importance of being active
Yesterday, I put up the HTML version of my latest publication on, an invited review for a special issue in the Journal of Neurogenetics, commemorating the retirement of my thesis advisor Martin Heisenberg. The...[more]
spontaneity   paper   
Posted on Thursday 08 January 2009 - 17:11:43

The start of a new journal club era?

Today, in about half an hour to be exact, we start a new round of our journal club. What's so remarkable about that, you ask? Well, we've started to blog the papers we discuss and the first post went online last night. I...[more]
journal club   blog   paper   post-publication review   
Posted on Monday 10 October 2011 - 10:48:04

How writing a scientific paper is like a bullfight
I'm still at the luxury resort "Il Ciocco" for the Gordon Conference on Genes and Behavior. Over my poster and after lunch, David Glanzman of UCLA provided me with a piece both of advice and of mentorship that I thought ...[more]
science publishing   scientific paper   paper   bullfight   
Posted on Thursday 28 February 2008 - 16:34:00

How rats are like soccer or: How to NOT write a paper
Blogging on Peer-Reviewed ResearchI don't really know why I'm getting so angry about this little paper. I got it in my weekly email with my standard PubMed searches. I read the title "Consistent rewarding or aversive effects of the electrical stimulation...[more]
soccer   rats   paper   scientific publications   
Posted on Wednesday 20 August 2008 - 08:39:44

Learning confusion
The February issue of "Educational Leadership", the journal of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) features a discussion on how we learn to read. The interesting component of this discussion...[more]
citations   science publishing   paper   
Posted on Monday 12 March 2007 - 20:06:33