Finding Your Way in Science

by Lemuel A. Moye M.D. Ph.D.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/11/2008

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 308
ISBN : 9781412033886

About the Book

Finding Your Way In Science lays out the principles that can produce & sustain the character growth that guides the development of the scientific professional.

Chapter One focuses on the need for the scientist to take stock of herself, carefully measuring her strengths & weaknesses. It articulates the theme that is the foundation of the book. It delineates the dimensions of the scientist's character that must also be. A broad overview of the role of the scientist's self-respect, ethics, sense of charity, & collegiality is provided.

Chapter Two discusses the function of data interpretation in research that is based on a sample from a much larger population. The role of the "surprise result" & the importance of result confirmation are provided in clear, non-mathematical language for the scientist.

The important of diligent administration is discussed in Chapter Three, a topic that many scientists shun because of its non-scientific nature & absence of direct scientific productivity. The importance of mastering the logistics that researchers require to carry out their scientific developments is emphasized. Three focal points are identified that will help the scientist in his first role as principal investigator.

Chapter Four discusses the role of the scientist in collaborative projects. Practical advice is provided for communicating with scientists in others fields. Concrete guidance is provided on the role of proper work product documentation; use of email & the development of mature scientific judgment is discussed. Special emphasis is provided on the approaches that one can use when communicating with & educating investigators more senior than you.

Important instruction is provided on making presentations before audiences in Chapter Five. Guidance for preparation & delivery of the presentation is given. Specific suggestions for responding during a post-presentation question & answer session are provided.

About the Author

Dr. Lemuel A. Moyé, M.D., Ph.D. is a physician and a biostatistician at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He earned his medical degree at Indiana University Medical School in 1978 and completed a Ph.D. in Community Health Sciences with concentration in Biostatistics in 1987. He is a licensed physician in Texas and has actively practiced general medicine from 1979 to 1992. He is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and is currently a Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston where he holds a full time faculty position.

Dr. Moyé has carried out cardiovascular research for twenty years and continue to be involved in the design, execution and analysis of clinical trials. He has participated in the mentoring of junior scientists for many years. He has served in several clinical trials sponsored by both the U.S. government and private industry. In addition, Dr. Moyé have served as statistician/epidemiologist for six years on both the Cardiovascular and Renal Drug Advisory Committee to the Food and Drug Administration and the Pharmacy Sciences Advisory Committee to the FDA. He has served as an ad hoc member on other FDA advisory committees as well. He has served on several Data, Safety, and Monitoring Boards that oversee the conduct of clinical trials, and taken part on many reviews of grants that have been submitted by fellow scientists for federal funding.

Dr. Moyé has published over one hundred manuscripts in peer-reviewed literature that discuss the design, execution and analysis of clinical research. He is author Statistical Reasoning in Medicine -The Intuitive P-value Primer, published by Springer in 2000, and sole author of the textbook Multiple Analysis in Clinical Trials: Fundamentals for Investigators that appeared in the summer 2003 published by Springer. He has also co-authored two published texts in mathematics.