TIR silent auction 2017: original artworks, calendars for 2018 on sale – just in time for the holiday season!

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Our 2nd auction of Oliver’s amazing artworks is underway. 

As we approach the end of our second year of operation, and with the festive season beckoning, TIR is holding a SILENT AUCTION of some of Oliver’s incredible illustrations that have graced our postings this year.

This is your chance to own the original versions of Oliver’s paintings. We are also offering a CALENDAR for 2018 featuring 12 of our personal favourites from this year’s portfolio (click on the link for details).

THE AUCTION:
– The collage above shows the original versions being offered, with a pen photographed alongside as a scale bar.

– The table below describes each item, together with the minimum bid value (remember, these are the original versions that are being offered, not prints). Click on the links to see a larger version of the artwork in its related posting.

– Send your bid for any image in the display, as well as any questions you may have to hoelleroliver@gmail.com.

– On 25th November, the highest bid received will be awarded the image. We will contact all bidders with the results, and arrange the shipping details.

– Anyone who makes an unsuccessful bid will be given the option of selecting an alternative available original version for the bid price.

– The first five bidders to enter the auction will receive a 2018 calendar for FREE!

Prints of any of the original illustrations are also available at a smaller price (25$+shipping)

Number

Artwork title, summary

Minimum bid (USD)

1

Increasing the self confidence interval. Many scientists are not the most self-confident. It is high time to change that.

250

2

Scientist on the move. The nature of the job brings about frequent moves to different cities and countries.

200

3

Setting sail. Moving on from a Ph.D. to a postdoctoral position somewhere else.

200

4

If journals were restaurants (vs.1). What sort of joints would they be? This illustration has decorated the most popular blog post of TIR to date. More that 11,000 visitors read it. Two (original) versions of the same illustrations are available. This is version 1.

250

5

If journals were restaurants (vs.2). What sort of joints would they be? This is version 2.

250

6

Collaboration. It can be a love-hate relationship…

200

7

Training on the job. Sometimes junior members of the lab decide the fate of a research group.

200

8

Brothers in Arms. There are similarities between the arts and sciences, and some folks have practised them both very successfully.

150

9

Raise a glass. Success or failure, raising a glass can reconcile you with the world.

200

10

Holiday reading. The discrepancy between plans and reality.

150

11

Triplicate.   Technical and biological replicates are the bread and butter of science. Once the technical parameters have been established, the biological samples are next.

250

12

Good vs. bad science. Sometimes it is hard to define, sometimes you ‘know it when you see it.’

250

13

Big vs. small labs. Is the end of the artisan scientist near? Big labs are becoming very prominent in life science.

250

14

Superheroes of the lab. Jester, the group clown, Reboot, the machine guru, the Savant, not the sharpest, but with magic hands, Factotum, the sorcerer departmental administrator, the Samaritan, always willing to help, and triple-R, the guy who knows everything about anything. I am sure you know them.

250

15

Take your time. As academics experience more and more pressure on their time, Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young receive one of the 2017 Nobel Prizes for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythm. Period.

250

16

Super-villains of the lab. The superheroes’ antagonists. The Sycophant, who sucks up to the boss whenever possible, the (self-declared) Cold-Room Sheriff, the Incredible Sulk, master of the silent treatment, the Squatter, reserving and appropriating any equipment possible, the Puppet Master, and of course the Mentorist – the exploitative, extractive supervisor, mainly in it for himself.

250

17

Asymmetry of power in Science. The revelations about Harvey Weinstein beg the question whether similar behaviour might be found in science due to a power structure similar to the arts.

250

18

Escaping the cookie cutter. Finding your own way in science requires taking on – as well as rejecting – your supervisor’s mould.

250

19

Salami slicing in Science. Salami has a bad rep in science. Publishing the minimum necessary for any paper is frowned upon, while the opposite –lengthy papers, with sometimes poor controls – lead to promotions. Has the pendulum swung too far?

250

20

A biomedical Christmas Carol. What if the characters of the Christmas Carol were practitioners of science?

250

21

How to make a scientist. There are a number of steps that turn novices into pros.

250

22

Assessment in science. Talks, job interviews, grant applications. The number of stripteases required in science is huge.

250

23

Science –the day to day. The day-to-day activities in life science have a lot in common with cooking.

100

We hope this provides you with some inspiration for your holiday gifts, and look forward to your bids.

Thanks for your ongoing support!

Oliver & Brooke

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