I was fortunate that I was not prodded, pushed, or propelled into science, but was allowed to discover it on my own. I uncovered it in bits and pieces, strewn about our house, like buried treasure. First, I found the books. I grew up in a small bungalow, in a blue collar neighborhood, the you...
As I write this, I’m taking a break from teaching duties while at Cold Spring Harbor Labs in Long Island, NY. This place is breathtaking (and not just from the humidity)! It’s hardcore science mixed with art and nature. Two doors down from my imaging classroom is Jim Watson’s (co-discoverer of...
Yes. I know, because it happened --- to me. I bet you would like a more detailed answer. Well... if you follow my posts, you will find out. Some people say I am lucky to have my current government job as a regulatory health and safety evaluator. They are right. I feel very lucky to h...
Hi All, As promised, today is my first entry explaining how I got into patent law following a career in science. I became interested in biology while in high school, so I majored in biological sciences while at Rutgers. However, I enjoyed freedom a little too much, and ended up failing ...
During the summer of my first year in graduate school, I audited my first public-health class. The class was foreign territory to me. Rather than discussing the shortfalls of the latest name-your-favorite-protein study or squinting at and scrutinizing the faint lines on a gel in a publication figu...
It happened again. Here I was at a scientific gathering in Bethesda to discuss my favorite topic. The brightest names in the field were present, ready to share their knowledge, wisdom and innovations. As I looked around the room, it was clear that I was in the minority. Here I was,...
“It’s all about who you know, and I know Crackle.” The comedian Mitch Hedberg knew the value of networking when he spoke these words. Of course his ultimate goal was to gain a spot on the front of a Rice Krispies box (he thought the whole Wheaties thing was a bit overdone).
This blog is dedicated to that most influential person in the life of any professional; one’s direct supervisor. Let me start by saying that my boss, who I will call the “Big Boss,” is absolutely the most wonderful boss EVER! (Hey, you never know when Big Boss will decide to G...
Say it. Yes, say it. Thank you. Now don’t fool yourself in believing that just because you dedicated your life to the pursuit of knowledge that money isn’t important. It most certainly is. You could not do those experiments if you didn’t have funds to purchase pricey reagents. And have you hea...