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What I want to say about academic science, publishing, and well, anything else really.

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    Sometimes, at the request of my institution and very occasionally for other reasons, I agree to be interviewed by reporters. I do not like to talk to reporters. I do not like to talk to reporters, because I do not know HOW to talk to reporters. The rules of science communication, after all these years, [...]

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  • 04/26/11--09:19: An open thank-you note…
  • Dear Universe- Are you fucking with me? A couple of weeks ago when I was on my way out to lunch complaining out loud to my better half how I was tired of doing all the little shitty shit I have to do at work… birds shat 3 big globs onto my windshield… as if [...]

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  • 06/15/11--17:55: Bad Mood
  • I don’t think you guys will really want to hear from me right now. I’m in a bad mood. Really bad. I spend a bunch of time in meetings. Some are useful, some are not. Most are benign. Some are not. Today I experienced first hand a non-benign variety. The ambush. I’ve learned some hard [...]

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    This is a good day. The New York Times has the story. Go Read.

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    I interrupt my blogging hiatus to bring to your attention something that I totally missed- for like 8 years. A story in the Huffington Post today by Nell Scovell entitled “The man who loves women who love science”  caught my eye. I started reading thinking- ho hum- gee this will be kinda interesting- Paul Greengard- [...]

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    Anyone who has taken a casual glance at my posts, can see that I have written quite a lot about the academic job search, and all kinds of fun things that happen leading up to tenure time. I wrote about these events in real time for the most part- and since I’ve gotten tenure I [...]

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    When I don’t reach my desk until 12:30…. 8:30 Breakfast with seminar speaker. 9:30 Deliver seminar speaker to airport. 9:31 On leaving airport get call from husband, relating that BigA’s got a migraine and needs to be picked up from school. 9:45 Arrive at school, discover kid has been sent back to class, wait for [...]

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    THIS, I loved. All people in positions of power, mentors etc…. listen up. Esp. Dudes. The Harvard Business Review blog post that was parodied…. is here.

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  • 11/10/11--09:34: Grad students these days…
  • One of my newly appointed duties post-tenure, is to serve as an advisor to graduate students (other than those in my own lab) in one of the many programs that I am affiliated with. This is my first sort of ‘real’ year doing this particular teaching/service responsibility, and so far it has been quite an [...]

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    I feel free writing about this on my blog because it won’t come as news to anyone that I work with. I confess I  have a problem with cursing. I curse. A Lot. Could make a sailor blush.  I think of it as a stress relief technique.  (Some of you probably don’t believe this because [...]

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  • 03/22/13--07:35: Dusting off ye ol’ blog
  • I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve taken three steps back from the blogging business for a while now. Although I don’t want to provide an exhaustive list of reasons for why I did this, I do want to offer a … Continue reading

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    I’d like to solicit the collective science blogosphere’s opinion on strategy for first grant proposals for the newly minted faculty member. I learned, back in the day… (ha ha- it cracks me up that I can say that, my teenager … Continue reading

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    I’m overwhelmed by the plethora of seminars and journal clubs available to attend in departments or programs that I’m closely affiliated with on this campus. We have a Monday afternoon seminar, two Wednesday journal clubs (these meet simultaneously so one … Continue reading

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    A word on interpersonal interactions. If I ask and I am told that there is no problem, I will conclude that there is no problem. If there is indeed a problem, the person or persons with the problem should come … Continue reading

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  • 04/02/13--15:02: I’m not one of the guys.
  • It will come as a surprise to no one that my work universe is very male dominated.  I frequently find myself in meetings or business type dinners where I’m the only girl. I generally do fine with that, being the … Continue reading

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  • 04/03/13--12:34: Link of the day… Aetiology
  • I just ran across this post at Aetiology …. An open letter to my dad… in which Tara explains to her dad why perpetuating the anti-vax talking points is a bad, bad, bad idea…. I’ll just quote a wee bit… … Continue reading

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  • 04/10/13--08:32: Pink Sheets
  • Yeah, I got mine yesterday. I’m allowing myself to be frustrated for 24 hours- and writing in frustration is often very cleansing. So, first the good news. We got a score and thus got discussed on the first submission. That’s … Continue reading

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  • 04/11/13--12:12: #Impactfactorwarz (updated)
  • This morning I was multitasking during a seminar and came across some tweets from my esteemed colleague Dr. Isis with the hashtag #Impactfactorwarz, and I started reading the associated conversation that revolved around use of impact factor in important decisions … Continue reading

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    Mike the Mad has a post up this morning in response to a post by Proflikesubstance regarding overhead... aka ‘indirect costs’. In this time of shrinking budgets I think that this is an important conversation to be having… but something … Continue reading

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  • 04/22/13--13:52: #Reviewdouchery
  • What is #reviewdouchery?  The short answer is that reviewdouchery are the comments and habits of reviewers that we love to hate. A few random examples (not in order of douchiness): 1. “It would be ‘nice’ if the authors would do … Continue reading

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