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    April 01, 2011

    Experimental Error: Achieving Immortality

    How can we ensure that future students will read our names when, many years from now, they open their science textbooks on their iPad 15s?

    August 26, 2011

    Experimental Error: This Is Only a (Giant, Scary, Career-Determining) Test

    As we are training to become fully fledged scientists, we ourselves are the test subjects.

    June 28, 2013

    Silverbacks and Whippersnappers

    In his mid-30s prime, our columnist discusses the common traits of younger and older scientists.
     

    August 22, 2013

    Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Science

    The hardest part of interdisciplinary collaborations is collaborating in an interdisciplinary way.

    July 24, 2014

    Academic Science, I Just Can’t Quit You

    NIH-funded training programs are helping NIH-trained scientists learn how to not do NIH-funded research.

    June 29, 2012

    Will That Be Trash or Credit?

    If scientists just want to make the world a better place, why do they expend so much energy clamoring for credit?

    February 22, 2013

    Regrettable Resumes, Part 2

    Our columnist continues to explore the craggy, often arbitrarily boldface landscape of the scientific resume.

    December 20, 2013

    There's No Place Like the Lab for the Holidays

    Running out of shopping days? Consider these science-related gifts for the budding little principal investigator on your holiday gift list.

    April 23, 2015

    How not to apply to grad school

    For the benefit of all of you applying to science graduate programs, our columnist confesses his mistakes in the hopes that you can avoid following in his footsteps.

    July 29, 2011

    The Gray Pride Parade

    Walk through the corridors of many scientific institutions and you'll see the results of decisions made by the hiring committee of 1962.

    October 26, 2012

    A Cure for Listlessness

    Our columnist lists the top N of everything in science careers, where N=fun.

    August 13, 2010

    Experimental Error Index

    Shouldn't scientists blow more things up? Introducing the first humor column about being, and becoming, a scientist.

    December 23, 2011

    Truly Alternative Careers

    Looking for something really different? Consider a career in alchemy, Lysenkoism, diluvial geology -- or invent your own!

    April 27, 2012

    Thick Books and Thin Films

    Before you pick up that next thriller novel, remember that scientists are not exactly as they are often portrayed.

    December 14, 2012

    The Myth of the Well-Rounded Scientist

    Despite what grad school admissions committees seem to believe, outside interests are good.

    May 20, 2014

    Forgive Me, Scientists, for I Have Sinned

    To be a proper scientist, is it necessary to conform to the standard template?

    October 23, 2014

    Nothing but networking

    The worst part of networking, our columnist says, is that it feels like spending time marketing yourself in lieu of doing science.

    December 23, 2014

    Pure, stupid luck

    Sure, luck plays a role in science—but that shouldn’t mean that to succeed, you have to get lucky.

    February 25, 2015

    How to p*ss off a scientist

    Scientists aren’t angrier than the general population, but different triggers make us mad.

    May 25, 2012

    The Unwritten Rules of Journalism

    The key to understanding the way the media covers science is to know the rules science journalists adhere to.

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