who are these people?
Ok, NSF proposals are due round about nowish, whereas NASA likes spring and early summer.
So, NSF has this thing where you have to list all your co-authors and collaborators, so any appearance of conflict can be avoided...
Was just updating my list, and realised that, mostly as a consequence of being a co-author on a small number of papers with lots of authors, I now do not know a large fraction of my co-authors! In fact there are not a few I have never even met.
At least they are, I gather, friends-of-friends; or possibly whoever happened to be on the telescope that night; or possibly boyfriends of students of former collaborators of some co-author, or something.
The scary thing is: couple of more papers like these, and the only people eligible to referee my proposals will either know absolutely nothing about the sub-fields I work on, or they are people I do not collaborate with at all, ever, even second hand.
As opposed to...
Hm, I wonder if blogging counts for NSF "collaborator" purposes! And should I be listing the geo/bio crowd?! One dreads to ask. There is, after all, a page limit.