The closest thing most grad students and postdocs have to a performance review is the committee meeting. But most organizations hold yearly reviews. Since we are coming to the end of the fiscal year, I’m getting ready to meet with my direct reports to review their accomplishments over the past yea...
This posting is about ‘the search for missing information.’ In particular, we compare a TED Talk by Eli Pariser on the ‘filter bubble’ to the neuro-engineering work I do on what is called cortically-coupled computer vision (C3Vision). In Mr. Pariser’s talk, he warns of the potential danger...
The most important event for Postdoctoral fellows is fast approaching. I am talking about National Postdoc Appreciation of course. This is where postdocs and other researchers celebrate the contribution postdocs make to science, both here in the US and worldwide. The National Postd...
The Jerk GapRecently, I heard on KQED’s Forum about the finding that aggressive men (and women) earn almost $10,000 more a year than nice guys (listen to the story). It brought back so many memories that I have to share my journey from being a nice-yet-often-ignored girl in my first-year graduate ...
Postdoc positions within the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, like many other jobs, have taken a hit with the latest budget news. The option to extend USDA postdocs past their two-year appointments is no longer available—at least for now. So, as I draw near the end of my second year, I have ...
Hello everyone. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Fatos I am from Albania, a small country about the size of Maryland. I graduated from the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department of Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Later I worked in the Natural History Museum in London.
The topic of this posting is ‘the promise of the latter stage career.’ It is inspired by my recent trip on holiday to Spain, in particular Barcelona. In Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia church is an emblem of the city and it is a hot tourist destination. But it’s history and continuing developme...
Recently, a postdoc in my research group asked for my help in preparing an oral presentation. Because we worked on similar projects, I was happy to send him slides from my previous presentation as a resource for ideas. And I also coached him in some of the potential questions he may receive from the...
So how do you know that? You don't have to be a rocket scientist to answer that question. I mean – if you just think about the people you are talking or sitting with at the moment, or those you are working with right now, it's not so hard to decide if you are in “good company.” After all, you ...