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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 02, 2007

New EMBO Installation Grants

"I felt that it was time to return, now that Portugal was changing and giving us much better conditions, [and] that we should contribute to the development of the country," says Bruno Silva-Santos.

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 13, 2007

Huddled Masses

“Reduced economic opportunities in some fields relative to others … may be an important factor driving native students to enter particular occupations and avoid others.” --George Borjas

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 01, 2007

Who Speaks for Early-Career Scientists?

Although efforts to provide real career opportunities for more scientists would create stronger incentives for Americans to seek science careers, the political momentum appears to be on the side of granting more H-1B visas.

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 10, 2007

Opportunities: The Power of Poverty

"I, like every other graduate student I knew, developed a sixth sense for knowing when the dean's office had leftover hors d'oeuvres after a reception."

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.