I recently watched Skyfall, the new James Bond film, and it made me think of spy’s. More importantly, how they die in movies (and real life). I kept thinking of From Russia with Love and Rosa Klebb who tried to kill Bond with a poisoned knife in her shoe. From poisons, I started ...
Over my career as a scientist I had the opportunity to mentor a number of students; both as a graduate student and then as a postdoc. Most summers I had one summer student who I dedicated time and effort to; both in teaching my research to, as well as teaching the skills necessary to ass...
In 1925, Sinclair Lewis published Arrowsmith (a novel for which he later won a Pulitzer Prize), the story of a young medical researcher. Martin Arrowsmith, the protagonist, served as a role model for scores of medical students intent on devoting their lives to medical science. The portra...
If you read my previous post you know I’m a big fan of plans and being flexible about them too. As I see many trainees prioritizing another experiment over spending an hour to plan for their career, I thought of writing a post about how to create your plan instead of waitin...
With the start of the fall semester at Penn, On-Campus Recruiting has also now swung into action. Various large firms come out here, giving informational talks (i.e. propaganda sessions) about their work and how to become one of the ‘elite’ who join them. The university also hosts a number of Ca...
What’s life like as a bioinformatics analyst at an academic research center? How do analysts apply their backgrounds in life sciences with the analytical and programming skills needed for their work? What are the typical projects done by analysts with ten years experience in this field?
When I was doing my graduate studies I was concerned about publishing papers and my thesis. Then once I moved to my first postdoc position I learned that if you have a particularly good finding you are expected to do press releases which may lead to you appearing on TV or the radio! As s...
In my last entry, I talked about the reasons why I wanted to leave academia. I was tired of the low pay and time spent in the lab with little progress. I was upset and frustrated in my postdoc and I definitely didn’t want to become a full professor and carry the responsibility of writing grants an...
Toastmasters is indeed a great way to improve your public speaking skills, and presentations skills are definitely an important part of grad school and life beyond. You’ll be in a room filled with other people who are there to improve their communication skills, with everyone acting bo...