Back to school

Back to school season for grown-ups with free MOOCs and career thoughts for science graduates. With a chance to win a book about science careers!

LinkedOut – Why I left LinkedIn

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Kids draw scientists

A grade 7 class was asked to draw pictures of what they thought scientists looked like. Then they visited the Fermilab, and drew the scientists they met. The results are somewhat predictable: The written descriptions are probably more interesting than the drawings themselves, especially the “after” descriptions: “Their jobs sound…

Next Wave integrated in ScienceCareers

Two weeks ago, Science’s Next Wave, the career site aimed at graduate students and postdocs, merged with ScienceCareers. The website looks completely different now. While it looks more professional, that also means “more advertising”. Next Wave still publishes articles on alternative and non-traditional careers in science, but because it is…