I feel like this is my first day at some strange group counseling session. As everyone looks around nervously, I stand up and finally say, “My name is Paul, and I left academics to become a consultant.” Phew, that feels better. More and more academics are deciding that t...
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Humans are creatures of habit, and since scientists are mostly humans too (pending on their exposure level to ethidium bromide) they get comfortable at their little benches. And even if they really want to do something else they tend to stick with what’s familiar and rather keep their pipett...
How many of us have read a paper or listened to a presentation and wondered exactly how many times an experiment had been repeated? In an ideal world the writer or presenter will have clearly noted this detail as n= (insert number between 2- x) and it helps you have confidence in their work. &...
In my last entry, I discussed how I got started in what I call the epic job search of 2011. The epic job search spanned the late fall of 2010 to May of 2011, but it wasn’t until January of 2011 that I got full force on the job applications/interviewing cycle. It wasn’t an easy decision, but once...
Recently, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that on average, federal government employees are underpaid by 26.3% compared with similar non-federal jobs. This “pay gap” has widened over the last couple years while federal salaries were frozen.With such a large difference in pay, I wondered,...
As a goodbye present after my PhD defense, a friend of mine gave me a very interesting book: Science, a history. It’s a fascinating account of the birth of the scientific method, with a portrayal of the charismatic protagonists who made scientific discoveries that advanced human knowledge.
I was recently involved in the review process of the Summer Academy applications for my institution. We accept around 50 scholars each summer for 10-12 week programs which consist of both high school and undergraduate students. This is the first time I have been involved with this proces...
I submitted an article to the Science club for girls website earlier this year. The website states “Women who share a love of science, engineering and technology, who are in different stages of their careers, share with their “young selves” words of encouragement, glimpses into the futur...
OK, I've made "postdoc" into a verb. Sorry about that, but the question remains "does one need to do one?” The key to considering a postdoc as an optional first step rather than a logical or expected first step is in deciding what your long term goals are before you decide on a postdoc. I’...