Erin C. McKiernan


Erin McKiernan

I am a researcher working primarily in experimental and theoretical neuroscience. I like excitable cells, especially ones that burst. Sometimes I poke small animals with electrodes, other times I model neural activity. And since that rarely pays the bills, I teach math and science. I blog about neuroscience, open science and open access publishing.

Update on life as a new prof

Yesterday I signed my contract renewal, and in August of this year I officially begin my third year as a professor in the Physics Department at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Several friends and family have been asking me... Continue Reading →

Take a moment to celebrate

This blog has been very quiet lately, mostly because I'm just starting year two of my professorship at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Today, I submitted my first grant application as an independent principal investigator (PI). As I went... Continue Reading →

Announcing OpenCon 2016

It's that time of year again! Very excited to announce OpenCon2016, and honored to be part of the organizing committee (year 3!). This is an excellent opportunity for students and early-career professionals to learn more about open access, open data,... Continue Reading →

Why Open Research?

In May of this year, I was awarded a flash grant by the Shuttleworth Foundation to make an 'open' project of my choosing a reality. On November 14th, at OpenCon 2015 in Brussels, I announced the launch of Why Open Research?,... Continue Reading →

Success comes from sharing…let’s show it!

Open scholarship is growing at a rate that is cause for optimism. But we are far from widespread adoption of article, code, and data sharing practices. This is due, in part, to common concerns about the potential career harms. Students... Continue Reading →

Becoming a more open scientist

Over the past few months, I became increasingly aware that I wasn't be as open with my research as I could be. Sure, all my articles are openly available, including preprints of some of my work. But I also advocate... Continue Reading →

Join us at OpenCon 2015

Last year's OpenCon was epic. Over 100 students and early-career researchers from 39 countries came together to learn more about how to practice and advocate for open access, open data, and open education. The energy generated was palpable, and as... Continue Reading →

Open research and collaborations

A few days ago, I posted this tweet: The response has been amazing. People have sent me links to all kinds of interesting projects: open collaborative transcription and editing of humanities texts; biomedical research made possible by publicly available data;... Continue Reading →

“Open Source, Open Science” Meeting Report – March 2015

On March 19th and 20th, the Center for Open Science hosted a small meeting in Charlottesville, VA, convened by COS and co-organized by Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab) and Titus Brown (UC Davis). People working across the open science ecosystem... Continue Reading →

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