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...
Different people have different views on the life of being a postdoctoral fellow. Some people consider it as a very rare opportunity to develop their ability to become an independent member of faculty in the future. Some people take the advantage of the fellowship to dig out what they re...
My previous post was about networking at scientific conferences. Derek Haseltine, Director for Research Career Development and Co-Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, gave so many great suggestions, I have presented them in two colum...
If you’ve ever been interviewed for a job, you’ve likely been asked this question. Even though we all hate it, it’s important that we know how to answer it well. Of course, it’s never a good idea to name a weakness that would be detrimental to our job-worthiness, but it’s just ...
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 ...