It isn’t unusual for two scientists to become a couple. It is obvious really; we spend most of our time at work, so the majority of people we meet are also scientists. Plus, our partner then understands our focus on our research and the long hours we work towards our ultimate goals; te...
A comment on my first post asked about what it’s like to be a student at TSRI Florida. The Florida campus houses the Translational Research Institute, which integrates the high-throughput screening robot, the cell-based screening core, and the medicinal chemistry group. Other departments include i...
I'm currently reading It's Called Work for a Reason by Larry Winget. In this book, Larry says that the secret to success is to “find your uniqueness and figure out how to exploit it in the service of others.” Do this, he says, and you will be successful. Do this, I say, and you...
Hi! I’m Kristi Ashley. I never really thought about the environment and how much it meant to me growing up until the summer that changed everything for me. It was the summer before my senior year in high school. I was like any typical teenager until then, I guess, pretty popular ...
I saw there were a couple of questions in my last blog related to my short story starting in Albania, continuing in Turkey and UK, and ending up in USA. I admit, only when I look back it seems a handful. Otherwise, I have the impression it is the most normal life occurrence. I think this is partiall...
Unless you are like my friend Sunny, who does not usually care for the taste of chocolate, then perhaps you can agree with me that it would be nice to save the cacao plant, which produces the cacao bean required for the production of chocolate. The cacao crop in South America is currently unde...
In a previous post, I mentioned a book, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, that helped me get my voice heard and my actions respected. A reader asked me what I did exactly to “stand out and not be ignored anymore?” Since it has been eight years since I read the book, I could not remember ...
Does mentoring do anything? What inspires students? How do we engage and encourage young colleagues? I have been asking these questions while organizing an obstetrics and gynecology “career” dinner for medical students at the University of California San Francisco.
In my “How to Present Stylishly” post, I mentioned presentation tips and lessons I learned when I transitioned into a business career. A reader asked if I had any tips for dealing with the fear of public speaking. I shared with her tips I learned from Steven C. Toy (a great speaker himself) when...
Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend a talk given by Dr. Laura Hoopes. She has recently published a book called “Breaking through the spiral ceiling” and gave both readings from it and a brief history of just how far female scientists have come in the last 50 years. It was inte...