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Priority Score Confusion
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Working from home sucks; aka "Preeclampsia for Dummies"
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Editor's choice
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Let the obsessing begin
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What am I really?
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A double standard
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The Little Lab Bench That Could
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Dr. O's advice to new grad students
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How picky is too picky?
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Dr. O

After a frustrating year on the tenure-track job hunt, my eyes are still on the prize, and I've learned that sheer will might be the most important quality required for this career track.

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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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Wow, I actually did it - I've officially made the move from Blogger anonymity to a bona fide science blogging community! I'm so excited to join some of my favorite bloggers over here at LabSpaces, and I look forward to getting to know the rest of the LabSpaces family. For those who have been reading my Tightrope blog on Blogger, thanks for following me over here to my new home! For those of you who don't know me, an introduction:

I'm a 4th-year microbiology postdoc at a major research university, and I've been on the tenure-track job market for about a year now. This past year has been both thrilling and frustrating at times, provided plenty of emotional highs and lows, and tested my will to pursue this career track. My husband and I are also preparing for a new addition to our family, a baby boy due at Thanksgiving, and I'm nervously readying myself for the challenge of balancing parenting with an academic career.

For somebody who isn't too fond of change, I'm undergoing a decent-sized one with this new blog. But I've enjoyed following the bloggers that have recently moved over here and consider it an honor to join the LabSpaces family. To ease my transition, I've decided to keep my Blogger home up and running, discussing issues of family-life balance, while my new home over here at LabSpaces will focus on everything related to the tenure-track job search: job applications, grant-writing, project development, mentoring/teaching, networking, etc... I want this blog to inspire discussion and I welcome feedback, so feel free to let me know if there's something you feel is lacking from the conversation here at Academic Aspirations.

So I guess that covers things for now; I'll be back soon with a new post for my new blog!

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Genomic Repairman
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Welcome Dr. O, I was a fan of your stuff on Blogger.

Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Yay, Dr O! How fun to see you here! Hoping this year's job cycle will be more fruitful for both of us :)

biochem belle
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So excited that you've moved here, Dr. O!

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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I'm excited too! Welcome! Stop by the forum and see what we're planning for Tuesday in the Work/Life thread. Join us in the post theme if you can.

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Hi Dr. O,
So glad you'll be posting here. What area of the country are you looking for a TT position? I have a couple leads from friends heading hiring committees (one is Cal Poly in San Jose and the other is Western Kentucky University), and the other person I met at ASM this May.
That school was Willamette University in Salem Oregon.

Khalil A.

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Should be really interesting. Welcome.

Dr. O
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Thanks guys! I'm still getting use to the new interface, but I think I'm figuring things out. I love the work-life thread for tomorrow - right up my alley!

@Dr Becca - my fingers and toes are crossed for more jobs and less competition in both our fields this next year!!!

@JE - Thanks for the info - I'll keep an eye out for the postings. :)

Lady Scientist
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Yay! I'm glad to see you around here :)
Prof-like Substance

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Congrats on the move. It seems the whole science blogosphere was put in a blender this past month.
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