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Waiting around as transferable skill

What was most annoying about labwork was that sometimes there were 14-hour workdays of which only about an hour was actual work, and the rest was just waiting. Waiting for gels to set, waiting for gels to run, waiting for machines to finish, blots to incubate, paint slides to dry....
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A metaphor for science and technology

Forget about art and science – this century has a whole new two world problem. It’s been nagging me for a while – at science online conferences (both the London and North Carolina varieties), in talks with lab mates, at work at a scientific publisher, and hanging out with technology-oriented...
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Why no postdoc?

“Oh, you’re in Cambridge now?” someone said, “Are you doing a postdoc there? Congrats!” No, I’m not. Someone else, around the same time, asked me: “But if you just finished your PhD, why aren’t you doing a postdoc now?” Why would I? I don’t want to run my own lab....
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My First Day (Cambridge edition)

Alyssa is not the only one who started a new job today. (Hence my post title. She used up the original “My First Day”) I just started as Online Editor for Development , in Cambridge. Eventually, you’ll see me pop up on various places online with that hat on, after...
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Interesting Development

A year and one day ago I defended my PhD thesis. (I was planning to post this yesterday, can you tell?) I told myself I’d take one year to figure out what I was going to do next. I spent the first 3 weeks off, then 6 months working for...
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To science!

I’ve had a bit of a weird week. I was in London last Monday, for a job interview. I didn’t get the job, but I did get to see Jenny and Stephen for a few minutes after their Fiction Lab, so it was still a worthwhile trip. I’ve been looking...
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Once upon a time, in a lab not far from here…

Remember when I was writing my thesis? I don’t really, but I have pictures of it. Oh, right. It’s all starting to come back… Haha!! That happened every time. Those are words, stupid Word. I was vaguely reminded of my thesis when I got an e-mail yesterday, telling me that...
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Back to whatever

Tuesday morning I woke up grumpier than usual – and I usually wake up grumpy in the first place! It was the day that everyone in Canada went Back to School . I have been going back to school every September since 1982, so this was the first September since...
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In Between Days

I’ve been accused (by “Richard “look at pictures of my garden and this dead pig” Grant”:http://network.nature.com/people/rpg/blog ) of “not blogging”. Apparently my pictures don’t count as blog posts. But it’s true, I’ve been avoiding lengthy posts. What do you want me to write about? I’m no longer in the lab,...
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An Owl with images (non-moving)

This is a picture from when I studied at Hogwarts. And this was when we did the Sorting Hat Ceremony and I was put in Ravenclaw.