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February 15, 2002

Your First "First-Author" Paper: Part One--The Writing

Most other scientists will be far more interested in what
they think your results mean than in what you think they mean.

January 19, 2001

Yours Transferably: Going Global 1--Why and Who?

November 21, 2003

Sticking Irons Into the Funding Fire

If you have a good idea, don't just throw it into a grant application--do the pilot experiment and get that result in hand.

October 17, 2003

Abstracting the Truth

"It's amazing how presenting your paper in a nutshell makes the real worth of your discovery shine."

April 16, 2004

?Lab Cred?

A key indicator of your ‘lab cred’ is whether people you’ve never met know who you are when you first meet them.

March 21, 2003

How to Get Around to Writing

Remind yourself constantly that the reason you get up in the morning is to write scientific papers.

August 15, 2003

Turn Up the Heat

"This may sound a bit on the light side, but it guarantees that you are working on all, and no more, of the essential ingredients that need to be incorporated in your paper."

November 19, 2004

The Unspoken Things of Science

Don't be afraid to be your own advocate; aim your sales pitch at the right people and win their confidence.

April 18, 2003

Yours Transferredly: Reading Between the Lines

If you read things at face value and don't wise up to the hidden meanings in paper-speak, you might get left behind.

June 21, 2002

Get Some Help! Extra Pairs of Hands

"You want your student to be able to turn the handle and watch at least some decent results slowly emerge."

February 16, 2000

Yours Transferably: Going Global 2--Making Contact

September 21, 2001

Shotgun Thesis Composition

"I've decided to break all the rules. I'm tackling the whole thing in one go."

July 19, 2002

Get Some Help! Part 2: Making Best Use of Your Extra Pairs of Hands

"Stress the need for accurate recording of the outcomes, as well as the importance of labelling which sample is which."

July 20, 2001

Your Ph.D. Boss: Adversary or Superadvisor? Part 2

"Start to negotiate with your boss about your project aims, your workload, anything."

September 15, 2000

Yours Transferably: Poster Art

April 20, 2001

Yours Transferably: Absent With Leave

October 18, 2002

Starting From Scratch: Trials of a First-Time Teacher

So I asked myself, "What is an undergraduate practical meant to achieve, and how do you prepare a successful one?"

February 25, 2005

Laboratory Notebook-Keeping for Busy Scientists

This slimmed-down lab notebook means I don't have to waste hours every week neatly writing lengthy prose describing every detail of what I have done.

December 15, 2000

Transferably Yours: Masterful Multitasking