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    October 21, 2015

    Why I don’t use humor in scientific presentations

    Our columnist explains why he stopped including jokes in his talks—and why he’s now trying to start again

    July 31, 2015

    Grad students behaving badly

    Our esteemed columnist warns against some of the common offenses that grad students have been known to commit.

    June 24, 2015

    Thesis adviser horror stories

    In which our esteemed columnist catalogs the miseries our bosses have been known to inflict upon their underlings

    May 21, 2015

    Dr., No: Science career roadblocks

    Our columnist lists and describes the most common roadblocks faced by those pursuing science careers.

    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.

    February 25, 2015

    How to p*ss off a scientist

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

    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.

    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.

    August 21, 2014

    Science and childbirth, the second time around

    In which our columnist attempts to replicate his earlier experiment in procreation.

    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.

    May 20, 2014

    Forgive Me, Scientists, for I Have Sinned

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

    March 26, 2014

    Kids Posit the Darnedest Hypotheses

    There's a lot we can learn from science fair projects that we can then apply to our own research.

    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.

    September 25, 2013

    Rich Scientist, Poor Scientist

    Adam's old grad school lab appears to have fallen victim to the same budget cuts that are killing science around the country.

    August 22, 2013

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

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

    June 28, 2013

    Silverbacks and Whippersnappers

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

    May 24, 2013

    In Defense of Playing Around in the Lab

    In science, sometimes, mistakes are not merely good, they're extraordinary.

    February 22, 2013

    Regrettable Resumes, Part 2

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

    December 14, 2012

    The Myth of the Well-Rounded Scientist

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

    October 26, 2012

    A Cure for Listlessness

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