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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.

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.

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?"

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."

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."

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.