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    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.

    July 22, 2005

    Yours Transferredly: Published but Unpaid

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

    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 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 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.

    October 15, 2004

    Bringing Closure to Your Project

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

    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 20, 2004

    When Research Is Your Second Career

    My euphoria at being a scientist raises the disturbing question of how I might cope with, well, not being a scientist anymore.

    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.

    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."

    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."

    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."

    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.

    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.

    January 17, 2003

    Are You PI Material? Assess Yourself

    If you can answer all of these challenges then you are probably on your way to becoming a huge smash in your field.

    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.

    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.

    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?"

    August 30, 2002

    Let Yourself in on Science’s Secrets

    "Scientists might be portrayed as geeks, but a successful one certainly has to be a people person."

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