Pharmacy school aims to engage researchers in online competition

first_imgWith the goals of spurring innovation and bringing bioscience research into the 21st century, Research 2.0, an academic research reform initiative from the School of Pharmacy, has launched “March Metrics,” the first open-source competition that will recognize the country’s most impactful, productive researchers.Created as a spin-off of NCAA basketball’s March Madness for the bioscience world, the competition, which is being held until March 31, will utilize a series of traditional and digital metrics to provide a holistic picture of bioscience research.Competition · Pharmacy students work in the USC Pharmacy in the Student Union. The School of Pharmacy’s March Metrics competition aims to promote and stimulate research sharing through social media. — Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily TrojaThis competition aims to promote and stimulate worldwide research and help the bioscience industry adopt 21st century tools, such as digital media and improving technological processes.“This is a huge area that no university in the world is fundamentally looking at,” said Research 2.0 Creator Llewellyn Cox, a program administrator for research at the School of Pharmacy. “This initiative will look at things like, ‘How do we share data better? How do we leverage the power of the Internet to do things faster, more efficiently and, frankly, better?’”March Metrics builds on the Pharmacy School’s Research 2.0 initiative, which strives to connect entrepreneurs and startups in the bioscience industry, with the academic community to foster innovation by sharing ideas, research and tools.Cox and his team decided to develop “March Metrics” as a contest because they believe the power of competition can  encourage important and needed changes.“It’s a fundamental belief of mine that competition spurs people to that next level of innovating, of pushing themselves,” Cox said. “At USC, we want to be putting out students who are recognized as being world-class research scientists. By giving them this sense of competition, they will be better prepared for the ‘real world,’ where all of a sudden they will be in a very competitive atmosphere.”Harshkumar Sancheti, a doctoral student in molecular pharmacology and toxicology program at the School of Pharmacy, expressed enthusiasm for the program’s potential.“[March Metrics] will act as a good incentive,” said Sanchetti, who will be submitting a project that investigates treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. “It will stimulate healthy competition among students.”Research projects will be evaluated and scored on three types of metrics: research communication, data generation and research funding. The projects will receive scores based on factors like where they are published and the level of outreach done on Facebook and Twitter. The school will determine the winners from a pool of competitors around the country that include graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty members. Winners will get more recognition for when the March Metrics website posts their raw data and material online.“The academic research landscape … operates in an insular, patent, self-selecting environment,” Cox said. “But, there is a huge hope for citizen-science and small startups to reform academia to become a hub for diverse research.”A significant component of the project — and one that Cox said holds the key to connecting the academic community with entrepreneurs and other outside innovators — is social media.“Social media gives you the opportunity to engage on an ongoing basis, and I think that is what really solidifies communities,” Cox said. “Sharing the pitfalls, back steps and really finding an answer. This is something we have lost in science on a national effort. But this is what [bioscience] is all about — finding an answer.”Martha Pastuszka, a fourth-year graduate student also in the molecular pharmacology and toxicology program, said March Metrics’ use of social media has successfully allowed research to be accessible in various formats.“It makes it much more exciting than just publishing in a paper and then waiting a couple of months down the line to see if someone cited your paper or not,” Pastuszka said. “You can potentially track whether people are reading your stuff or not and what kind of impact your research has on greater scientific communication.”Pastuszka said her involvement in the project has introduced her to research on social media.“When I started March Metrics, I opened up a Twitter account, and now I’m following other scientists on Twitter,” Pastuszka said. “Not only are they able to see my research, but I am also being exposed to different research that is out there.”Cox said the industry finds itself facing new challenges, such as economic and funding issues, making it imperative for the industry to move forward. Cox said the project seizes a huge opportunity to revolutionize the industry through innovation, communication and entrepreneurship.“We need to find new ways of doing things,” Cox said. “We can either accept that we are in a losing situation and shrink  or we can be leaders.”Cox said USC is in the perfect position to make an impact because it is equipped with cutting-edge tools and the top minds that can use the information garnered from this competition to the benefit of the bioscience industry as a whole.“This project will give us a broad view of how research is conducted and communicated on a worldwide level,” Cox said. “From this, we can draw inferences into how we can do things better.”Cox noted the potential for the program to grow beyond USC.“If this competition becomes popular outside USC also, then I think it will serve a very important goal of making researchers think about sharing their research through the enormous sources available,” Cox said.Cox said there are numerous advantages to using an open-source approach to this project.“The advantage of putting data out there is that it can provide a multiplier effect of how much data we can get back that has been analyzed and looked at,” Cox said. “It gives us leverage moving forward.”Cox said this initiative is more than just a competition. It is also a research project that will seek to collect and analyze a multitude of data with the goal of improving bioscience processes.“Collecting this data will hopefully help us for years to come,” Cox said.last_img read more

Liverpool chants: Lyrics & videos to the most popular Anfield songs

first_imgWith so many stories and characters involved, a vibrant Kop songbook has been cultivated over the years, and Goal has collected videos and lyrics to some of the most popular chants being sung at Liverpool games.If you’re heading towards Anfield Road this season, brush up with the list below – but be warned: some of the clips do contain strong language.You can also read about Manchester United chants , Chelsea chants , Man City chants , Tottenham chants, Arsenal chants  and Everton chants .You’ll Never Walk AloneRed and White KopWe’ll be Coming Down the RoadWe Love YouWe’ve Won it Six TimesFields of Anfield RoadSteve GerrardPoor Scouser TommyMo SalahSalah, Mane, ManePoetry in MotionAllez, Allez, AllezHe’s Alexander-ArnoldHe’s Virgil van DijkRoberto Firmino, Si Senor You’ll Never Walk AloneWhen you walk through a storm,Hold your head up high,And don’t be afraid of the dark,At the end of a storm,There’s a golden sky,And the sweet silver song of a lark.Walk on through the wind,Walk on through the rain,Though your dreams be tossed and blown,Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,And you’ll never walk alone,You’ll never walk alone.Read more about You’ll Never Walk Alone here! Red and White KopOn a Saturday afternoon, We support a team called Liverpool, And we sing until we drop, On the famous Spion Kop. We all live in a red and white Kop,A red and white Kop,A red and white Kop,We all live in a red and white Kop, A red and white Kop, A red and white Kop. We’ll Be Coming Down The RoadWe’ll be coming,We’ll be coming down the road,When you hear that noiseFrom the Bill Shankly boys,We’ll be coming down the road! We Love YouWe love you, Liverpool, we do!We love you, Liverpool, we do!We love you, Liverpool, we do!Oh, Liverpool, we love you! We’ve won it six timesDivock scored in SpainAnd the Reds went f*cking insane,Fourteen years and we’re kings of Europe once moreWe won it six times,We won it six times,We went to MadridAnd won it six times! Fields of Anfield RoadAll round the Fields of Anfield Road,Where once we watched the King Kenny play (and could he play!) Steve Heighway on the wing,We had dreams and songs to sing,Of the glory round the Fields of Anfield Road. Steve GerrardSteve Gerrard, Gerrard,He’ll pass the ball 40 yards,He’s big and he’s f*cking hard,Steve Gerrard, Gerrard. Poor Scouser TommyOoh, I am a Liverpudlian,I come from the Spion Kop,I like to sing, I like to shout,I go there quite a lot!To support a team that plays in red,A team that we all know,A team that we called Liverpool,To glory we will go!We won the league, we won the Cup,We’ve been to Europe too,We played the Toffees for a laugh,And left them feeling blue! 5-0!1 2, 1 2 3, 1 2 3 4, 5-0!Rush scored one,Rush scored two,Rush scored three,And Rush scored four! Mo SalahMo Salah! Mo Salah! Mo Salah!Running down the wingSalah, la, la, laThe Egyptian King! Salah, Mane, ManeSalah!Mane, Mane!And Bobby Firmino!But we sold Coutinho…But, we’ve got Salah!Oh, Mane, Mane!And Bobby Firmino! Poetry in MotionWe are Liverpool!Tra la la la la!We are Liverpool!Tra la la la la la la la!We are Liverpool!Tra la la la la!We’re the best football team in the land!Yes we are! Allez, Allez, AllezWe’ve conquered all of Europe,We’re never gonna stop,From Paris on to Turkey,We’ve won the f*cking lot!Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly,The Fields of Anfield Road,We are loyal supporters,We come from Liverpool!Allez, allez, allez!Allez, allez, allez!Allez, allez, allez!Allez, allez, allez!Read more about Allez Allez Allez here! He’s Alexander-ArnoldWent through Ben Davies, he’ll never be the sameHe’s been at Liverpool since he was six years oldHis name is Trent-Alexander ArnoldDe, de, de, de, de, de, de, de He’s Virgil van Dijk Liverpool are one of the most successful clubs in English football and their supporters’ long list of chants recalls that glory – both past and present.Reds fans pack out Anfield and away sections across England and beyond, with tickets to see Jurgen Klopp’s side like gold dust. He’s our centre-halfHe’s number fourWatch him defendAnd watch him scoreHe’ll pass the ballCalm as you likeHe’s Virgil van DijkHe’s Virgil van Dijk Roberto Firmino, Si Senor!There’s something that the Kop want you to know,The best in the world his name is Bobby Firmino,Our number nine,Give him the ball and he’ll score every timeSi senor!Give the ball to Bobby and he will score.last_img read more