Browsing Category : science careers

LinkedOut


I’ve had a productive Saturday: I spent two hours in a bookstore, I replaced three violin strings, and I deleted my LinkedIn profile. The latter might seem surprising for someone who runs a website featuring career stories of science graduates, so I thought I’d explain why it was time for me to leave LinkedIn behind. It doesn’t properly show my…

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The pizza ploy


In early 2002, Guyang Huang’s career was not going in the direction he expected. A year earlier, his work at the Beijing Genomics Institute earned him a spot in the author list of the high profile Nature paper publishing the draft of the human genome. Huang was author 149 of 249, somewhere in the middle of a massive list. After…

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MySciCareer update


If you’re following me or Lou or the general MySciCareer account on various social media, you’ll have seen that we’ve steadily been updating the site over the past year and a half with more career stories. We now have more than 60 science career stories, and continue to look for more. I also just got the bill to pay for…

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Thesis


I picked up my bound thesis last week and took some pictures, but the cat interfered: It still doesn’t feel “finished” – I don’t know what it’s going to take… (More pics here) I also found some old lab-themed photos on my cell phone, from last year. Here is one of my lab books in action. (“Action” for a lab…

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March of the humans


Once in a while I actively search Flickr for interesting pictures to invite to the group pool, and without specifically searching for the continent I came across several cool Antarctica photos. No pun intended. None of the pictures show snow or penguins. They’re all pictures of research stations. Above: some critters at the Crary lab, by cedartree_13 who (judging from…

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SHOCKING! Former child actors turned geeks!


If for some unforgivable reason you get your only news from gossip magazines, you might have been led to believe that all child actors grow up to star in crappy reality shows, collect criminal records for drunk driving or drug possession, or go completely insane altogether. Clearly, being on screen as a child is a no-refund ticket to a messed…

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My dilemma, too


I’ve been telling people that one day I’d try to put in words how I could work in a field that uses animals for research, but be vegetarian at the same time. I don’t experiment directly on animals myself, but I do use cell lines and antibodies a lot, and they come from animals too, eventually. I never could write…

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Some of my Friends are scientists


There are three types of scientists on TV: 1. Scientists in a show about medical or forensic science. These characters are quite well developed. They’re all different, they are carefully selected to cover different races and genders and attitudes. But they’re always at work, because the show is about their work. 2. The funny “mad scientist” type in any other…

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Science grad student fired for blogging


Something related: I just (indirectly through here and here) found a post from a microbiology grad student who was “fired” for blogging back in June. In my science blogging article I mention people getting fired for blogging briefly in the intro, but this is the first time I’ve heard of it in relation to science*. However, this blog was a…

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