“Trade places with me. No seriously.” –InternTalk #101 If you are somewhere in the world right now making a mark, you probably started as an Intern. They didn’t give you the director’s job out of college, did they? Or did I miss a job fair? Or maybe you sailed your way out...
I am a little behind in my blog posts because I became overwhelmed with my thesis defense. The big day finally came, and I was able to present the work I’ve done over the last several years since arriving at Scripps Florida. I was very fortunate that my family lives fairly close, so my mom, sister...
Last month, my closest friend called repeatedly about her daughter (who I will call “Karen”) who is pregnant with her third child. This young mother-to-be developed a febrile illness, with a deep productive cough and myalgias, fatigue, headache, and chills, the classic presentation f...
This posting is about giving a presentation on touchy subjects. Everyone knows that academia is high on ego. And it’s understandably so: we have invested our lives into what we do. There’s no way to “not take it personally.” It’s our work, it’s our time, it’s our life’s work. So...
We are now a few weeks into the “NCAA March Madness” of the college basketball championships. In my past experience outside of the government, filling in the tournament brackets and following the events served to build community among co-workers, encouraging friendly competition and camaraderie....
I am passionate about career development and assisting people in making the right connections for career and personal success. I really enjoy working with individuals who have advanced degrees and who want to make a difference through their scientific foundation and business interests.
I remember reading a very interesting article in The New Yorker by Dr. Atul Gawande entitled “Personal Best,” in which he emphasizes that even highly skilled and trained surgeons can improve their techniques with a coach.He asked a coach to watch him in surgery and point out potential improvemen...
As postdocs, we toiled away our early 20s in graduate school working 50+ hours a week in research labs and teaching as a necessary rite of passage on the career path to academia. We justified our meager stipends, long hours, and general dissatisfaction in life with the promise of a brighter, better-...
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is an interesting experiment into publically funded research. It was born from a state referendum in which Proposition 71 was passed on November 2, 2004. It is a state agency which was provided $3 billion in funding for stem cell ...
One of the most important aspects of successful science is in the revising of talks, manuscripts, and grant proposals and in the troubleshooting of experiments. If you think about it, revising and troubleshooting are essentially the same process with one applied to improving communication and the ot...