A little bit bitch and a little bit buddhist always at the intersection of biology, gender, race, and culture. This blog documents my experience as a Canadian postdoc living and working in the United States. I can't promise to be PG13. In fact I promise not to be PG13.
My posts are presented as opinion and commentary and do not represent the views of LabSpaces Productions, LLC, my employer, or my educational institution.
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I'm really excited to be joining Labspaces as a blogger. The idea of a social scientific network really appeals to me especially as someone who wants to have a space to discuss scientific concepts and ideas with researchers from very different backgrounds.
Let me introduce myself to you.
My name is Girlpostdoc and I started blogging back in Sept 2008 when, as a freshly minted PhD I moved from Canada to the middle of Smalltown USA. We moved because both HippieHusband and I had been offered postdoc positions at SmallUniversity in Smalltown USA. Part of the reason why I blog pseudoanonymously is because I found it useful to tell others about the challenges I have faced academically, emotionally, and physically. And some of those challenges involve details about people and places I would prefer to keep well, masked. Although I try to write respectfully, there are times when I'm emotionally frustrated and I clearly fail. So blogging pseudoanonymously and omitting details protects others and myself. It is pseudoanonymous because I know there are people who know my identity, once I was outed at a very large conference and I know some of my friends read my blog. The old blog will stay up so that people can peruse the archives.
I work in the general area of evolutionary genetics on both small and large organisms, typically following a concept or question first and then deciding what organism would best answer that question. Anymore details and I would give too much away.
My aspirations are mixed. I sometimes wake up and want to have a tenure-track position in academia, but then there are other times when I run screaming from the narcisstic personalities that are housed by the ivory tower. It's been a very rocky road as a PhD and postdoc because life and tragedy has constantly found a way to leak into my attempts to be productive. But I trudge on. My constant companions are HippieHusband, my sisters Fortune and Wisdom, non-biological sister BFF, and Buddhism. They remind me that I am more than just a scientist.
Welcome to my new digs.
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Ohh, evolutionary genetics... do I have some questions for you.
Great post! So happy to have you blogging here.
Are you a hippie too?
Welcome! We're all really excited to have you here
I think you'll find this in lots of places though. I'm sure Jade will tell you that the personalities can be just as strong in Biotech, but I do agree that academics generally do seem to have their noses in the air more often ;)
Congrats on the move, the new place looks great. Looking forward to it.
@Psycasm I'm happy to answer any questions
@Jade Thanks. I wouldn't call myself one, but all my friends think so...don't hold it against me.
@Brian I'm excited to be here too. Yes. I'm sure that's true. But at the moment I'm in academia.
Love the names of your sisters...wonder if they fought to be wisdom?
Is buddhism a person too? That would be awesome.
WELCOME FELLOW CANADIAN!!!!
It's a pleasure to have you here, and I look forward to many excellent blog posts (as well as some discussion between us about biology and evolution). You'll love it here! :)
Thanks y'all I feel extremely welcomed.
@David Manly Yeah a fellow Canadian!
@Yannis Buddhism is not a person but yes my sisters fought for their names. Some of that is at the old site.