As life scientists, you likely know some bad advisors. What options are there if your advisor is just not helping you reach your goals? This post will discuss a few ways that your advisor may be damaging your career, and will offer suggestions that might help you or someone you know. But first,...
When I worked as a recruiter, I noticed something quite interesting. I had a lot of candidates who were in academia trying to break into industry and, as many of you may know, making that transition can be very difficult. The interesting part was that I had a handful of candidates that were differen...
In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, our intrepid hero reluctantly does something completely senseless: he leaps off a cliff “from the lion’s head,” into a bottomless chasm to prove his faith and get to the Grail that he’s been hunting. (If you somehow missed the movie, the scene...
I will admit it, when I was a wee grasshopper, I had a rather naïve view of my future life as a professional. I vacillated between an aspiring, and probably a very hungry artist, a neurosurgeon and going to Africa to feed hungry children. Needless to say, over the years, my career has bobbed a...
As you know from my previous blog entries, I’m a biologist who makes lab equipment for a living. In my new work life as a machine builder, I spend much of my time working with engineers. It’s great fun, and I’m learning tremendous amounts from them. One of the most interesting parts is wh...
Hello everyone! Today’s blog is on a very important topic that I have recently had to deal with as a science writer, plagiarism.Introduction: I have my own business where I work as a publication specialist. I facilitate the publication of primary research manuscripts at all stages. I m...
When I was introduced to LinkedIn in 2004 there were no plethora of articles, blogs or websites about the proper etiquette for using the site.I learned it the hard way, by having a few soul-pulping rejections, mortifying notification of suspended requests, and a couple of not so politely worded resp...
First things first: Maybe you’re wondering how I can make that claim? Let me tell you a story about a girl and her inability to swallow her pride.
“Val, I could build one of these. A better one.”Val’s colleague expertly placed the next mouse on the horizontal spindle of the Rotarod and pressed a button to start the run. The spindle rotated slowly at first, and then faster, and the mouse log-rolled to keep its balance on top of the rod. E...
Many people have heard of “regulatory affairs,” but do not know what exactly that means. In my understanding, regulatory affairs is a field where you write, review, edit and submit all kinds of documents required in the process of drug development and clinical trials. The ultimate purpose is to ...