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How to use LinkedIn (or how not to use it)

Last month, I attended the Postdoc Conference & Career Fair in Bethesda, Maryland.  There were many talks regarding the transition out of academia into technology transfer, communications, and industry.  Going into the day I was not enthused about attending the industry talks.  I ...



Six Degrees of Your Dream Job

The other night, my husband and I were so tired that we just wanted to watch something on TV. Somehow, we started playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon beginning from Sandra Bullock using the Netflix search menu on our Apple TV. If you are not familiar with Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, it is a game base...



Reaching out to the Next Generation

How to interest children in science, and keep them interested, is a commonly discussed topic.  Over the past decade I have been fortunate enough to participate in many different outreach programs specifically designed to do just that.  Recently, I represented the Association for Women in S...



Narrative Networks

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-c...


Reineke Pohlhaus

Trends in Federal Funding for R&D

At the recent AAAS Science & Technology Policy Forum, Patrick Clemins, Director of the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, discussed R&D in the FY2012 Government budget.  He opened with the interesting observation that the most popular news items in last month’s Washington Post we...


Reineke Pohlhaus

What does the Census have to do with Public Policy?

Robert Groves, Director of the US Census Bureau recently spoke at the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Forum, on the demographic patterns that drive public policy decisions.  It was a great presentation with lots of figures.  He had five main points: 1. US population growth rate is de...



Applying for Positions at Academic Institutions (Part 2)

In Part 1, David Rasko, PhD, shared his tips for post-docs who are looking for a research position at an academic institution.  David is an Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and a scientist at the Institute for Genome Sciences, ...



How to Calm Your Job Interview Nerves

Has your upcoming job interview turned you into a bundle of nerves?  It’s no wonder.  You’re on the spot and it’s make-or-break time.   The good news is that you can relax, be calm, and still have a fantastic interview with the tips I’m going to give you in the video below:



Virtual Job Fairs – Pros and Cons

The topic of this posting concerns virtual job fairs. I must admit though that my previous experience with job fairs has been primarily to feign interest in employment just long enough to get a cool Frisbee, thermos or bottle-opener from a company advertising themselves with these items. Having neve...



A new way to find a job? The Bio Careers Virtual Job Summit

After a nice workout, I like to eat breakfast in front of my computer and read the Bio Careers blogs.  Two blogs caught my attention this week.  The first one, by Wenny Lyn,  “Scientists and social media” discussed how scientists may not be comfortable with innovative tools for co...