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Aarti Turuvekere

03.14.2016 |    2,594 |   reply |
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While completing my masters in public health (MPG) in epidemiology and biostatistics, I was working in clinical research for pharmaceutical companies in HIV and women's health.  I decided to apply for government contracting/consulting jobs in 2008-09. I leveraged my data analysis skills from my MPH program and landed a job as a public health/business analyst with the Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service (IHS) where I worked with Dr. Theresa Cullen on disease surveillance and population health, and wrote an article which was published with MedInfo Journal.  I was then exposed to the software development lifecycle where I was writing test...


Robert Cory Bernhards

04.06.2015 |    7,033 |   reply |
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Ever wonder why you never hear about postdoc job opportunities at military research institutes?   One reason is that adequate job advertising is severely lacking or completely absent for most military research postdoc positions.  As a result, most prospective postdocs have no idea where to go, or what they need to...
Tags: how to a military science job, networking in military science


Robert Cory Bernhards

02.20.2015 |    6,637 |   reply |
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Finding a good job in today’s economy is a challenge, especially when it comes to specialized research.   Many PhDs are forced to take jobs they don’t really want, or ones that don’t benefit their career paths.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Your dream job is out there, and...
Tags: chasing your dream job, networking


Jason Sherwin

09.02.2013 |    9,845 |   reply |
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Dispatch from Paris: This week was the annual meeting of the Organization for Computational Neuroscience. This year, it took place at Université Paris Descartes. And so, here we were this week – unraveling the mystery of “cogito ergo sum” (In English: “I think, therefore I am”), or at least displaying...
Tags: annual meeting, EEG-fMRI, Organization for Computational Neuroscience


Meghan Mott

06.28.2012 |    33,449 |   2 reply |
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Applying your scientific expertise to preserve national security Postdocs in the life sciences: the time to assess career goals is now. It’s easy to get comfortable in daily science, but we must be proactive in our career development! Competition for academic jobs is fierce in a market flooded with PhDs, and...
Tags: Army, medical, Military


Jason Sherwin

06.11.2012 |    13,903 |   2 reply |
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“Ah, the rocket scientist from the Upper West Side!” That was the greeting I got when I was called in for the voir dire with the attorneys. They knew this from the questionnaire all jurors had to complete on arrival at the courthouse. I had jury duty last week –...
Tags: jury duty, neural engineering


Nathan Fisher

02.07.2012 |    12,571 |   1 reply |
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That choice wasn't anything that I thought about when leaving academia for government research.  Perhaps because my first government post, with the US Army, actually involved a whole lot of creativity.  Probably even more than I got to use during my dissertation work. I think I must have assumed that all...
Tags: Government, Military, skills


Jason Sherwin

12.08.2011 |    21,215 |   reply |
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There’s a joke in the research world that you don’t submit a research proposal to NIH until you’ve already done the research. When I was a rookie in the biomedical research world, and I was told this cinema vérité version of things, I thought in typical naïveté, ‘but how do...
Tags: biomedical, Business, fund, NIH, Research


Jason Sherwin

11.25.2011 |    28,292 |   1 reply |
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Information seems to be the hot word today. It’s one of those slippery concepts that exists in a somewhat definable way in mathematics and science – particularly in information theory – but it is a hot item with or without a precise way to define it. Just look at finance,...
Tags: biology, biomedical, neuroscience


Jason Sherwin

11.22.2011 |    14,496 |   1 reply |
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This posting is about having a little bit of fun – but serious “fun” – in neuroscience. The reason it is fun is because we get to use the pop song “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (featured in Rocky III) as a stimulus set for experiments in neuroscience.  In particular,...
Tags: experiments, neuroscience


Nathan Fisher

11.16.2011 |    29,966 |   reply |
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I don't particularly like ties in their own right.  They're uncomfortable.  Ties aren't required by my employer and not many of my colleagues wear them regularly.  Still, I wear a tie every day, even on “casual Friday.”  Until recently, I served on active duty in the Army and necessarily wore the...
Tags: Business, Military


Nathan Fisher

11.04.2011 |    17,972 |   reply |
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I'm currently reading It's Called Work for a Reason by Larry Winget.  In this book, Larry says that the secret to success is to “find your uniqueness and figure out how to exploit it in the service of others.”  Do this, he says, and you will be successful.  Do this,...
Tags: assessments, performance, personality


Nathan Fisher

10.07.2011 |    18,024 |   reply |
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"How in the world did I end up here?"  Those were the words I muttered to myself as I lay prone under the bed in my containerized housing unit (CHU).  I was desperately trying to recall exactly how to fasten the body armor that seemed like overkill just a few...
Tags: Army, Army research, Military


Jason Sherwin

09.21.2011 |    10,763 |   reply |
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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 of filtering online...
Tags: Google, Internet search


Jason Sherwin

08.29.2011 |    22,700 |   reply |
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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...
Tags: career, opportunity, skills


Jason Sherwin

08.10.2011 |    201,101 |   reply |
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The theme of this posting is ‘Educated, Unemployed and Frustrated’ and it is a commentary/response on the article by the same name from the March 20 edition of The New York Times. The original article was written by Matthew Klein. The main thesis of Mr. Klein’s article is that recent...
Tags: education, networking, skills


Jason Sherwin

07.25.2011 |    11,986 |   reply |
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The topic here is ‘a conference on narratives in DC, the Hirshhorn Gallery on the National Mall and social faux pas in the scientific setting.’ Last week, I participated in the third workshop of a series hosted by DARPA (for those of you not in the working-with-the-government-on-science-can-be-cool-and-not-a-pain-in-the-ass know, this is...
Tags: DARPA, network, workshop


Jason Sherwin

07.20.2011 |    12,347 |   reply |
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The theme of this posting is ‘finding what you’ve buried there.’  This is a common temptation in the research world. In fact, in science in general, we start with a hypothesis that we aim to prove or disprove. The problem though is that no one likes a depressing story, i.e.,...
Tags: Research, science


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