In January, my local AWIS chapter event was a seminar given by Joan Moran on Empowering Women Towards Real Success. Joan has had an exceedingly interesting life with a variety of career changes: a background in theatre, an entrepreneur, artistic director, actress, producer, a teacher of acting...
Recently there have been a number of articles in high impact journals discussing the ethics of researching and publishing on deadly viruses (for a synopsis http://www.nature.com/news/specials/mutantflu/index.html?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20120124). I am talking about the two independent research groups w...
We’ve all heard that question before. Even if one just answers “out,” not wanting to get into the details, it’s good to have a destination in mind. Some of you will have guessed that this is really a metaphor for life after grad school. Want another one? I saw a cartoon in the New Yorker mag...
In my last post, I shared the advice that I had received as I prepared to head to my first batch of postdoctoral position interviews. I did practice my interview seminar. I packed 4 sets of nearly identical outfits to ensure a professional look – all black for the shirt, pants, and shoes with a co...
Recently, I consoled a fellow postdoc during her latest crisis. Her problem was not that her PCR primers didn’t work or that her paper just got rejected for the 5th time. No, her problem was that she was a single mother of two adorable girls, and one of them was sick with a fever. Therefore, baby ...
I have had the pleasure of planning numerous events, initially as the social chair of the postdoctoral association (PDA) at my research institute, and now as the chair/president of the PDA. That is correct, I said pleasure! When people at my institution or other organizations comment on ...
I had a previous post about the hunt for a postdoctoral position and the advice that I had received. I have emailed many different professors since that post. They are all generally involved in GPCR research. I think that combining my nuclear receptor experience with GPCR experience will make me mor...
Everyone knows that while you are a graduate student you are in a training program. I think that people tend to forget that a postdoctoral position is also supposed to be a training position. Often people use this to branch into new research areas, or expand their technical skills.  ...
One of the most overlooked aspects of academic science by graduate students and postdocs is the actual cost of conducting science in an academic lab. Before we take a look at what an average molecular biology lab costs to run, it is first best to frame the discussion in terms of running a small busi...