Category Archives: Deals

20 countries and 17 first languages!

After adding Malaysia and Malay to the lists today, I’ve now edited material by authors from 20 countries with 17 first languages. It’s such a pleasure working with bright people from around the world!

To celebrate this milestone, I’m offering a 15% discount to any authors whose first language is not English who book work with Science Refinery now through next Friday, 7/18. Contact me today to take advantage of these savings.

20% discount on IMFAR poster editing and talk consultations!

IMFAR, the International Meeting for Autism Research, is starting in just two weeks! If you are like most scientists, you probably haven’t printed off your poster or created your talk yet. In fact, I hear tell that some people (I’m sure not you!) don’t even start making them until the day before they leave for a conference. Well, fear not. There is still plenty of time for Science Refinery to help AND I’m offering a 20% discount on all IMFAR projects booked now through Monday, 5/12.

As described on the types of editing page, if you choose developmental editing, I can help you right from the beginning of the process by designing the whole poster for you. Other options include substantive editing (where I work on your draft to make each sentence as effective as possible and improve word choice) and basic editing (where I work on your almost-final draft to do a spot check and make sure there are no errors). If you’re giving a talk instead of or in addition to participating in a poster session, I can also help you improve your presentation (as noted on the range of projects I work on page). So contact me today to see how we could best work together and get you that 20% discount!

This year’s IMFAR is in Atlanta, GA. It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been two years since I attended the 2012 IMFAR in Toronto! I presented two posters. You can see them below and read the accompanying handouts here: #1, #2. I also wrote my first blog post ever about the experience. Crazy. If you are going to IMFAR this year, I’d love to hear about it!

Prenatal influences on Autism Spectrum Disorders: Negative evidence from a twin study

Prenatal influences on Autism Spectrum Disorders: Negative evidence from a twin study

Short Sensory Profile (SSP) in families with at least one autistic twin

Short Sensory Profile (SSP) in families with at least one autistic twin

It’s a blizzard day here in Missoula. Here’s a deal to make it better.

Missoula, Montana (where I live) is currently experiencing a blizzard warning. Take note that this doesn’t just mean “a lot of snow.” It means a lot of snow plus a lot of wind, leading to dangerous drifting and whiteout conditions. Schools and even many workplaces are closed for the day, and everyone is urged to stay home if possible. As someone who works from home (and whose one meeting of the day got cancelled), this doesn’t affect me much. But I’m still adopting the SNOW DAY 😀 mentality.

My husband, on the other hand, is not a fan of snow. He more closely identifies with the Carl Reiner quote “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” And even though I generally love snow, I’ve gotta say, I’m unusually sympathetic to the anti-snow crowd this season. Winter: we’re over you.

If you’re experiencing the winter blahs–or any other blahs, for that matter–I have something that might help brighten your day. You can buy a $100 Science Refinery gift certificate (no, they’re not just for the holidays!) for only $85 now through Wednesday, March 5. Take advantage of this great savings opportunity today by contacting me through the General Inquiry form, emailing me at, or calling me at 406.880.0224.

Happy National Fossil Day!

It’s the fourth annual National Fossil Day!

To celebrate, I’m offering 10% off any services booked today or tomorrow (even if your subject area isn’t fossil-related!). Just contact me to get started.

If you’re in the Missoula area, check out the events offered by the University of Montana Paleontology Center tonight. I’ll see you there!

Happy Constitution Day!

The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 (and went into effect on March 4, ROUNDEDpocketConst_1501789), making it the oldest written constitution in the world. Happy Constitution Day!

I celebrated last night by going to a talk at the University of Montana called “Dissent and the Constitutional Dialogue” by prolific Constitutional scholar Melvin Urofsky. It was highly enjoyable and I learned a lot about how and why Supreme Court Justices write dissents (and concurring opinions).

Though there was only one entrant in the contest, it was a great one. From Lisa Meyer:

The Constitution was written in 1787 in the manner of the day — in other words, it was written by hand. According to the National Archives, the version we are most familiar with today was penned by Jacob Shallus, a clerk for the Pennsylvania State Assembly. In the document itself are several words which are misspelled. Far from the days of spell checkers and easy edits, these misspellings survive in the document today.
Only one, though, is a glaringly obvious mistake. In the list of signatories, the word “Pennsylvania” is spelled with a single N: “Pensylvania.” This usage conflicts with a prior spelling, at Article 1, Section 2. However, the single N was common usage in the 18th century — the Liberty Bell, for example, has the single N spelling inscribed upon it.
Another mistake, though less obvious, is a common one even today: the word “it’s” is used in Article 1, Section 10, but the word “its” should have been used. (

How appropriate and cool. Thanks, Lisa! Enjoy $17.87 off your next edit.

I promised three facts and/or quotes, so I’ll supply two more.

Gouverneur Morris was largely responsible for the “wording” of the Constitution, although there was a Committee of Style formed in September 1787. (

Again, neat. The committee didn’t change much, but I still find it interesting that they were that concerned about the style, in addition to the substance, of the Constitution.

And to close, a quote from Ayn Rand:

It took centuries of intellectual, philosophical development to achieve political freedom. It was a long struggle, stretching from Aristotle to John Locke to the Founding Fathers. The system they established was not based on unlimited majority rule, but on its opposite: on individual rights, which were not to be alienated by majority vote or minority plotting. The individual was not left at the mercy of his neighbors or his leaders: the Constitutional system of checks and balances was scientifically devised to protect him from both. This was the great American achievement… (

A Constitution Day contest

Tuesday, September 17 is America’s Constitution Day and Citizenship DayIn honor of the ROUNDEDpocketConst_150holiday, I’m running a contest. Submit your favorite Constitutional quote or fact as a comment on this post. I’ll feature my favorite three on the 17th and the winners will receive $17.87 (for the year the Constitution was signed) off their next edit. A little known interesting tidbit may catch my eye, but I’m a sucker for patriotic classics too. Yes, this contest is entirely subjective :). You may submit more than one quote or fact, but I’ll pick entries from three different people as the winners. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. Part 2!

Earlier this week I posted about the sentence “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo,” and there’s been an ongoing contest to parse it. Just in time for today’s reveal, Callan C. from Madison, WI figured it out!

You can read all about this curious sentence and its history on its very own Wikipedia page. The main thing to know is that some of the words are referring to the city of Buffalo, NY, some are the animal, and some are the rare verb that means to bully or intimidate. Here’s how Callan put it:

DONE: we’re talking about 3 different groups of buffalo (animal) from Buffalo, NY. Some of them like to intimidate each other, evidently. I’m going to use “Bufflesian” for the adjective, “massive cow-beasts” for the noun, and “bully” for the verb instead: Bufflesian massive cow-beasts that are bullied by (other) Bufflesian massive cow-beasts do bully (other) Bufflesian massive cow-beasts.


GIF of Michelle from Full House doing her signature “You got it, dude” move.

Here’s another restructuring, directly from Wikipedia: Bison from Buffalo, New York, who are intimidated by other bison in their community, also happen to intimidate other bison in their community. Somehow it lacks the pizzazz of Bufflesian massive cow-beasts, though.

And a final one from Wikipedia that adds clarifying articles and such instead of substituting words: The buffalo from Buffalo who are buffaloed by buffalo from Buffalo, buffalo other buffalo from Buffalo.

Kudos to Callan for parsing this sentence with style. Enjoy your discount on your next edit!

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

The title of today’s post is a grammatical sentence. Really!

In a few days when I’m back home from vacation, I’ll explain how that can be. In the meantime, make your guesses in the comments below or as replies on Twitter or Facebook. I’ll give a 10% off coupon to whomever gets closest. On the honor system, no cheating by looking it up first.

Have fun with this word puzzle!

Happy Pi Approximation Day! Here’s a deal to celebrate…

Some people celebrate Pi Day on 3-14, but let Dromiceiomimus tell you what today is:

pi approx dayThat’s right, 22/7 is Pi Approximation Day. And since everyone needs something to brighten their Monday morning, I highly suggest reading the rest of the comic here.

Now, you don’t want your next paper to be just an approximation of success, and you don’t want your next presentation to end with pie all around your face. (I’m telling you, read the comic.) Science Refinery can give you that extra polish that will make colleagues and reviewers take notice for all the right reasons.

To celebrate Pi Approximation Day and true success, here’s a special deal: anyone who contacts me for an estimate today or tomorrow (July 22-23) will get a 10% discount! So poke around the site to learn about the kinds of projects I work on, the levels of editing available, and more, then contact me to get started. This offer won’t last long, so invest in your own productivity today!