This afternoon, Talita presents her PhD seminar at 4pm in Room N2/2 (Stewart Bio). Some related links:
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The referendum is to make the term length [of the VP Academic] the same as all the other positions on the HGSS Exec: one year. Please vote as you see fit, but reducing the term to one year will really open up some great opportunities for students in our dept!
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Steven is giving is PhD seminar on Wednesday at 4pm in room W4/12 (Stewart Bio). Here are some background links:
A reminder that the HGSS conference is approaching. Great speakers on immuno-therapies, auto-imune diseases, immuno-oncology on this full day interspersed with snacks, lunch and wine & cheese. See the website for more info (including our speakers in the Media). Register here before Monday.
I used PubMed to find all the papers with HGEN affiliations and performed a few analysis on HGEN papers and authors. The results can be explored through an interactive application.
Here is a short story of these results but feel free to explore the results yourself.
Warning: There are some limitations and these numbers are as good as the PubMed records (see Limitations at the end).
The first HGEN paper seems to be a Biochemistry and Cell Biology paper from Ridgway et al. It simply showed that Dibutyryl cAMP inhibits expression of transformation-related properties in Kirsten murine sarcoma virus transformed Balb/c-3T3 cells despite continued presence of p21v-Ki-ras.
Out of the 6 papers out in 1988, three are from Charles Scriver.
When did HGEN really started to expand ? Let’s look at the cumulative number of HGEN authors through the years. We can see three phases:
Using the number of citations from Scopus, we get an idea of the most influential papers for each year. This is what the first tab of the application is showing.
Hover over a point to see the title of the paper and find more information (e.g PubMed link) in the table below the graph.
Next I computed a few metrics for each HGEN author: number of HGEN publications, number of coauthors, number of mentees, year span, publication rate. This is what the interactive table in the second tab of the application is for.
You can search for people or reorder the different columns.
For example, we see that Dr Foulkes had the most publications with the department (99) and the most HGEN co-authors (323), but Dr Majewski had the most co-authors (798). Dr Rozen had the most mentees (30), defining a “mentee” as the first author on at least one paper with the mentor as last author.
The department is pretty diverse, with HGENs in different locations and doing a wide variety of research. Can we spot scientific “friendship” as pairs of HGEN authors that publish a lot together ?
The third tab of the application shows the number of co-publications for every pair of HGEN authors. The fourth tab creates a network with the most fruitful collaborations.
Search the table for people or play with the network: scroll to zoom (names appear when you zoom enough) or move the nodes around (very satisfying).
For example, we can see a strong collaboration triangle between Drs. Mes-Masson, Provencher and Tonin, or some star-like topologies with Dr Rozen (or Drs Majewski or Foulkes) and some of their students.
Finally, we might wonder: what’s in all these papers ? As a proxy let’s parse the titles of the articles.
The fifth tab of the application creates a wordcloud with the titles. The sixth shows the usage particular words across the years.
Define the period, change the wordcloud parameters or search for specific words.
Here we see some expected words like “gene”, “genetic”, “syndrome”. We also see some recurrent words that are directly attributable to some researchers. For example methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase has been the theme of Dr Rozen’s lab and present in the wordcloud. A time analysis shows that this term is present almost every year in the title of a HGEN paper.
There are several limitations to this small survey.
— Analysis by Jean Monlong —