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January 05, 2007

Catching Some Cosmic Rays

We are finding that we are beginning to constrain some of our understandings and exclude some possibilities.

January 26, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition: New Year, New Life, New Start

I’ve stopped wallowing in the “I feel so alone!” pity party I subjected myself to for the first month or two.

February 02, 2007

Contemptuous Irresolution

"In the current environment, any increase is welcome." --Dave Moore, AAMC

February 23, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition--Chapter 2: Palpable Neurosis

You don't know what you're getting into until you're in it; even now, I'm not so sure what I'm in.

March 02, 2007

Making the Leap to Independence

"Those who succeed are well-grounded people who have seen success and believe they can do it too. They are not the type of people who worry too much or are easily intimidated," says Virginia Tech professor Michael Hochella.

March 02, 2007

A "Hippocratic Oath" for Scientists?

Jones believes that senior scientists have "lost a sense of accountability to the next generation insofar as all of our interests in them are self interests ... so that
our career can get advanced but not necessarily
their career."

March 30, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Part 3: Time to Strategize

It's scary and exciting for exactly the same reason: The possibilities are endless.

April 27, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 4: Baby Steps

Some things must be worked through, and that takes time.

May 25, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 5: Why Is Life So Messy?

I think it makes sense for people who aren't satisfied to air their grievances, but it's important to do it constructively and strategically.

June 22, 2007

Working as a Medical Writer

"I would say that there's definitely enough work to go around." --Emma Hitt

June 22, 2007

Escaping the Postdoc

"The priority for most researchers is an independent career in research. For me, the next step is either another postdoc or getting my own funding. But if the funding doesn't come through, I'll probably quit." --John Bothwell

June 29, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 6: Carrots and Sticks

“Our recent personal history teaches us that what we will most likely receive when we seek guidance is a swift kick in the pants.”

August 31, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 8: What Are You Going to Do Now, Redux

I'm standing up a little straighter and taller than I used to, wobbling less and faking it less, and caring a little less what other people think.

September 28, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 9: The Postdoc Has Two Faces

Although I am a huge fan of the Internets (thank you, Senator Stevens), I am profoundly thrilled by what can happen when you talk to strangers, upside-down-face to upside-down-face, in a place such as a yoga class.

October 05, 2007

Making Mentoring Mandatory

"If, in the course of the day, faculty spend some time talking about their career and careers in general, it wouldn’t be something they would have to keep a note of in a logbook and say, ‘Oh, this isn’t research-related.’ ”--Joseph Ellis

October 12, 2007

Bouncing Back in a New Country

His cultural identity has not caused any real hardships or put any of his professional goals out of reach, Bounceur feels.

October 26, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition Chapter 10: Loyalty, Subterfuge, Manipulation, and Sabotage

Is it ineptitude or something worse?

November 16, 2007

A Career 'Framework': Guiding Light or Empty Words?

"If [a career framework] is just going to be a lot of woolly phrases that don't help anyone, then there is no point." --Lee Higham, Newcastle University

November 23, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition Chapter 11: Breaking Free (Almost)

Most people would say I've made all the correct calls, but I'm still disappointed with how it's all come out, even if I have learned a lot in the process.

November 30, 2007

GREAT Expectations

GREAT is now transforming its committee on postdocs into a body that will have its own independent, university-appointed membership, elected leadership, and meetings.