Amir Zadpoor's blog

Educational videos (3): Scientific writing and publishing

posted Sep 30, 2012, 3:10 AM by Amir A Zadpoor

A series of very helpful videos on scientific writing and publishing was created by American Chemical Society (ACS). I think they could be useful for students and young researchers.

Improving your writing

How to Write a Paper to Communicate Your Research

How to choose the focus of your research

What are your favorites articles?

Writing Your Cover Letter

What if your article is rejected?

Impact of technology on scientific articles

Writing so people notice

Selecting Peers to Suggest as Reviewers

Educational videos (2): bone biology

posted Sep 30, 2012, 2:41 AM by Amir A Zadpoor

Here is a series of videos on bone biology, bone remodeling, osteoporosis, bone fracture, and bone metastasis that I found on youtube. The videos seem to have been made by Amgen. I think they did a great job of creating and sharing these videos. These videos could be quite useful for students who are new to bone biology and bone mechanics.

Introduction to Bone Biology

Bone Remodeling and Modeling

Osteoblasts and Osteoclasts

Regulation of Osteoclast Activity


Postmenopausal Osteoporosis

Anatomy of a Fracture as a Result of Systemic Bone Loss

The Biology of Metastatic Bone Disease

Impact of Bone Metastases on the Skeleton

Educational video (1): OPG RANK RANKL signaling pathway

posted Sep 30, 2012, 1:54 AM by Amir A Zadpoor

I like to share interesting educational videos that I find online. This is the first video from that series and explains the OPG-RANK-RANKL signaling pathway and the role of estrogen in premenopausal and postmenopausal conditions.

OPG-RANK-RANKL signaling pathway

Predicting H-index

posted Sep 23, 2012, 12:34 PM by Amir A Zadpoor   [ updated Sep 23, 2012, 12:40 PM ]

There was a nice article in a recent issue of Nature on how one's future H-index can be predicted using a number of indicators of past performance. There is also a web gadget that you can use to predict your own H-index based on your current H-index, number of articles, years since the publication of first article, number of distinct journals, and number of papers in top journals (Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, PNAS, and Neuron). The predictions are developed mostly for neuroscientists, but are believed to be more or less accurate for other life scientists too.

Article in Nature:

Web-tool for calculating your own H-index:

For example, here you can see the prediction of my H-index* for the next 10 years.

* I used the data from ISI Web of Knowledge for generating this prediction. The number of my distinct journals is an approximation.

Hello world!

posted Sep 23, 2012, 11:44 AM by Amir A Zadpoor

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