Dr. Jessica Polka is the Director of ASAPbio, which advocates for the use of preprint servers in biology, and co-founder of The Future of Research. She also sits on the steering committee for Rescuing Biomedical Research, determining what actions can be taken to address systemic flaws in the biomedical research enterprise. In this Abstract, Jessica shares her thoughts on the infrastructure of science and how young scientists can be grassroots agents of change in the research endeavor.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during the show:
- Check out the great work ASAPbio is doing to advocate for preprints in the biological sciences by visiting their website
- Jessica mentioned “hypercompetition” as a central problem in science, which was referenced in this now-famous letter to PNAS by Alberts, Kirschner, Tilghman, and Varmus
- The Alberts, et al. paper inspired the formation of Rescuing Biomedical Research. Learn more about their mission and the actions they’re taking to tackle systemic flaws in biomedical research on their website
- Jessica’s advocacy for preprint servers got her featured on Agents of Change in Nature Jobs, along with her fellow Future of Research leaders
- This interview was recorded at the Advocating for Science Symposium, so do be sure to check out our hosts, the Future of Research (FoR) and Academics for the Future of Science (AFS) to learn more about what they’re doing to change the future of science
This episode was recorded on September 17, 2016 at MIT during the Advocating for Science Symposium. Special thanks to Visager for music and to the Future of Research and the Academics for the Future of Science for making this interview possible. Thanks to Rick Groleau for the photo used in this post.