The first shall be last: thanks and farewell to Chris Slape from RealScientists

Nice guys finish last. Chris Slape is a nice guy, and he’s happy to be last. Last author, anyway, since that generally signifies progress: from a wet-behind-the-ears student or postdoc to a Proper Grown Up Lab Head/Group Leader Or Acceptable Facsimile Thereof. First author might do all the work, but last author generally has the ideas, gets the resources together, and be runnin’ the game, full stop. Chris had his first manuscript accepted for publication as last author during his week on @RealScientists, which was Big News. However his Nats turned out not to be the 1927 Yankees after all which wasn’t really Big News or any kind of news as they’ve sucked ever since the Nats front office parked Stephen Strasburg late last year on innings counts… (yes, there are only two people reading this who understand this, one is the person it’s about and one is the person writing it.) Still, Chris still seems…



Aside from papers and pitch counts Chris schooled us up on cell culture, chimeras and cancer stem cells, #onsci, the ethics of animal experimentation, the perils of peer review and the FACS of life. If you missed any or all of the above check out the archive on Storify: Part 1 | Part 2

Chris will continue his double-fisted tweeting at his science account @chrisslape and his grumbling-about-the-Nats account @is_chris. Follow them both and make your life more awesome.

Speaking of awesome, next week we have glow-in-the-dark microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles tweeting for us. That’s the microbes which glow in the dark, not Siouxsie. Usually.


James is a recovering scientist and escaped postdoc who works in research management at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He's now retired from active @RealScientists duty, after serving from the project's beginnings in 2013 through to mid 2015. When not managing research, surviving #PlanetParenthood or pretending not to be an expat Australian in the Deep South of NZ, he tweets @theotherdrsmith.

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