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nathan.vanderford

Nathan
Vanderford

Just Publish!

Do you want to write, be an author, or publish? Well, here’s my advice…but first, some history.


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Christine
Zafra

The Art of Picking a Lab: The Pre-Application Stage

Over the past 10 years, I have talked with numerous graduate students that are in the process of selecting a laboratory to conduct their research. One thing that has stood out during those conversations is the lack of homework that students do when selecting a laboratory. With the average time to a ...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

What is your Worth?

I haven’t been on Twitter a lot recently, but imagine my surprise when I glanced at my news feed and saw all the scientific bloggers I follow, talking about the same subject.  This is unheard of, and they were all very unhappy.  They even had a hashtag specifically for it #istandwithDNLe...


jennyinbox

Jennifer
Reineke Pohlhaus

What is government contracting and why should I care?

What is government contracting and why should I care? If you have only a vague idea of what is means to “be a contractor” then this blog post is for you.Being a contractor means making my living by providing services (my skills, abilities, and knowledge) to the government and nonprofit sectors. ...


jennyinbox

Jennifer
Reineke Pohlhaus

The Seven-Year Postdoc

I am on the WICB (Women in Cell Biology) email listserv, which, on occasion, has some real gems of articles that are distributed to the group.  WICB is a Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). 


jennyinbox

Jennifer
Reineke Pohlhaus

The Best of Both Worlds

I’m a government contractor and I often say that my job is the best of both worlds: being a government employee, and being part of the private sector. Here are the ten reasons why I think being a government contractor is so great:


nathan.vanderford

Nathan
Vanderford

PhDs Are Everything

Over 50% of PhDs work outside academia (Science and Engineering Indicators 2012) which means that many PhDs are indeed working in a variety of different jobs, and most importantly, this means that the majority of PhDs are not pursuing tenure track faculty positions. Despite this, a perpetuating stig...


jennyinbox

Jennifer
Reineke Pohlhaus

How Much is Too Much?

I recently read this article from the Guardian website, “Are universities collecting too much information on staff and students?”,and I found myself thinking about the question posted in the title.  I’m not sure of the answer, but the gist of the article was that the University of Huddlef...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

Foreign Intrigue: Does outsourcing jobs mean outsourcing ethics?

The drug giant, Glaxo Smith Kline, has a lot of explaining to do.  This month the company has suffered a public relations storm with charges of  bribery, arrests of executives in China,  and allegations of falsifying research results, to name a few. Here at home, GSK is also in hot wa...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

Getting a Professional Opinion

Today I want to focus on something that I believe a lot of scientists should consider getting – getting a professional opinion.  We are all familiar with the idea of being trained by an expert in our field of interest, after all that is what we did with our doctoral degrees, but we don’t se...