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March 15, 2002

Your First "First-Author" Paper, Part 2--The Act of Submission and Peering at the Review Process

We'd only been given a few weeks to respond with our amended ms. If we missed the window, we'd have to start the submission process all over again.

December 24, 2004

Endurance Training for Researchers

In the game of science, we need to be calculated risk takers, consciously trying to get into scoring positions.

November 29, 2002

Take the Bull by the Horns

You want things to run smoothly and students to get the message, not to stick to your schedule at all costs.

December 20, 2002

Go On … Be Creative This Christmas!

A third dimension, that's what I need. I must sculpt. I am thinking plastic centrifuge tubes. I am thinking gold spray paint.

July 22, 2005

Yours Transferredly: Published but Unpaid

Now is the time to make the most of getting published, even while unpaid.

October 15, 2004

Bringing Closure to Your Project

The downtime between projects is a rare and precious momentary mental freedom.

October 19, 2001

The Secret of Research Success

Part of becoming a successful scientist is building up your own portfolio of ideas: experiments you'd love to do if you ever get the time (and money).

August 19, 2005

Your Real Alternative to a Career in Science

Whilst I deliberate on my next move, the view from this narrow ledge is interesting.

December 19, 2003

Confessions of a Secret Lab Dancer

"Even if the tune in your head is 'You can keep your hat on', never, ever succumb to the temptation to strip, even just a little bit."

September 17, 2004

A Toolkit of Transferable Skills for Postdocs

We can look at things in a fresh way. ... Originality of thought is our greatest unsung quality.

August 17, 2001

Enough Is Enough: Plan Your Lab Escape Strategy

"You may end up in a place that you can't, or won't let yourself, escape from ... 'the laboratory of never-ending 'last' experiments.' "

November 17, 2000

Transferably Yours: Powerful Presentations

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

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