Advice for Scientists
Over the past few years I have heard people comment, “I am Type A, so you know what that means...” and apparently that should excuse whatever it is that they just said or did. My basic understanding of this concept is that Type A individuals are high strung, while type B are more laid back...
Lately, much has been made of the issues in Japan dealing with nuclear power generation and safety. Meanwhile, approximately 20% of United States power generation portfolio is composed of nuclear sources. In deciding where you stand on nuclear energy, it is very important to keep things ...
The theme of this posting is ‘sometimes they just screw up.’ It’s about the students – or otherwise, underlings - who will at some point in your career work for you. They will be doing the things you’ve done, or the things you don’t want to do. But they are expected to do it just a...
The American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held their annual meeting, and one of the most popular sessions might have been Brian Malow’s talk on “The Science of Comedy: Communicating with Humor.” It was held twice (one of the few repeated sessions) and there was standing-room-o...
I’ve gotten some requests on this blog to go a little more into my research. Don’t worry! It’s coming. But, for now, I want to focus on a “career-related” issue, since this is a bio career related blog. In particular, this entry is a response to an article that recently appeared in the Wal...
Just a few weeks ago, my little brother defended his Ph.D. thesis (OK, so he is not so little and technically he is not my brother). I wanted to write him a note with some words of wisdom, but decided to actually share that letter with all of you, who perhaps might find value in the learnings ...
In reading my blogs, I notice that I have written about all the wonderful things I do, the great people I work with and the absolute satisfaction my profession brings into my life. Yet, even I, little Miss Positivity, have my dark days and I’ve decided to put lay it all out in the open....
Fear is funny because it makes people do strange things. It is strange to not pursue one’s ultimate goal in life. It is odd to spend one’s time performing a job that yields no satisfaction. Only a funny thing such as fear could result in such absurdity. The most ironic as...
“The flight will be delayed while several of the seats on the plane are replaced. Believe me, we REALLY want this to happen.” It is highly likely that this is about the last thing you want to hear when you are waiting to board a plane. Of course you also might think this is about the last thi...