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The Scientist Entrepreneur

This is a slide-deck from my recent presentation at last month’s Careers in Neuroscience Symposium (CNS) 2014 in Galway on the topic of the scientist as entrepreneur.  23 more words


Would you outsource your gel to a gel-informatician?

Sean Eddy explains why sequencing is replacing many older assays, and why biologists need to learn to analyze their own data.

“High throughput sequencing for neuroscience” 308 more words

Curiosities Of Nature

The big day

Within one week, two of my PhD students successfully defended their PhD theses: Akkaneewut (Nut) Chabangborn on October 10th and Sakonvan (Moo) Chawchai on October 17. 189 more words

Thoughts And Tales

Perpetuating the PhD pyramid scheme

This kind of thinking drives me up a wall – scientists who are unwilling to approach the PhD labor market from a scientific perspective:

Living Science: Looking out for Future Scientists, Eve Marder, eLife: 737 more words

Follies Of The Human Condition

It'll take more than tweaking NIH review to promote young scientists

The NY Times ran an op-ed by a Maryland Congressional representative arguing that younger biomedical investigators, who are at what should be the most creative time of their careers, are getting screwed in the current funding climate. 219 more words

Follies Of The Human Condition

How Does a Child Become a Scientist? Part 2

I started with a simple question, “How did you wind up as a scientist? What early experiences led you to pursue that career?”

It turns out that was all it took to have mammalogist Larry Heaney’s face light up as he recollected a rather wonderful childhood and the life it led him to. 1,028 more words

Life is not easy ...

The last four to six months as a PhD student are probably the worst – real deadlines have to be met, manuscripts have to be finished, the thesis summary has to be completed, the thesis defense has to be prepared, and the supervisor is suddenly changing from being the friendly mother into becoming a demanding, questioning and sometimes angry parent. 131 more words

Thoughts And Tales