You'd Prefer An Argonaute

Five thousand views? HECK YES.

Posted in Blog Affairs by YPAA on October 31, 2009

I know there are some blogs that get ~5,000 views per hour, while it took 7.5 months for You’d Prefer An Argonaute (YPAA), but hot damn, I don’t care. The mild success of YPAA proves RNA science is quite worthy of the blogosphere, worthy of interest and debate among scientists online, just as I originally intended.

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Figure 1. Views per month since March 2009, when YPAA was born.

Most of the credit should go to my fabulous contributers for the RNA Journal Club posts: (in order of contribution) Anna, Joel, David W., Anonymous 1, Michael, Robin, Noah, Graeme, Anonymous 2, Anonymous 3, Vikram, David W. (2nd time), Jenny, and Anna (2nd time). These folks rock, they make YPAA what it is.

As the foundation for starting YPAA, the MIT RNA Journal Club–its organizer Margaret, and its many attendees–should also be acknowledged. (And the sponsors keep us coming by paying for lunch!)

Thanks also to my mom for hitting refresh 4,900 times. And of course YOU.

Thanks for visiting, please come again.

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  1. Alejandro Montenegro-Montero said, on November 1, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Congratulations!! It has been a great read for an RNA groupie scientist, as myself.
    I’ve had a hard time organizing a student journal club in my University. Everyone says it would be a great idea, but I’m certain, that when the time comes, no more than two will show up.
    Any suggestions?

  2. YPAA said, on November 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Hey Alejandro,
    Thanks for your comment.
    What a small world–I studied at la Católica for one year! (My last year of college.) I even worked in Nibaldo Inestrosa’s lab for one semester. I had tons of fun in beautiful Chile.
    I can’t take any credit for organizing the MIT RNA Journal Club, so in answering your question I am only speculating, but:
    1) Pick some theme, or field, to focus the club on. (e.g. RNA, cell cycle, worm stuff, cancer, structure, molecular genetics). If it is too general, the targeted audience won’t be so clear and people might not be sure if they “belong.”
    2) Pick a theme/field that is strong at la Católica (or among other universities in the area like U Chile, where you may also draw attendees). If there are at least few labs studying one area, try to take advantage of that interest and expertise, the target audience will be clear and you can build a base to attract others.
    3) Getting sponsorship of course helps, and would take a little work. Free lunch or dinner is always a great incentive to attract people.
    4) It might be wise to gather a core group of people, and make sure they’d all be willing to present for the first few sessions, so you have a steady calendar of presentations for the first several weeks/months.
    5) Keep the meetings regular, having long breaks in between kills attendance, thus the importance of #4 above for starting out. And make sure the meetings are smooth, be prudent with time so that people can stay for the whole thing and then get back to their experiments!
    nice blog btw-

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