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Hi! I'm Geeka. I've been a scientist for, I don't know, it seems like forever, I guess since I started college, so, like 15 years? Anyhow, this is where I'm going to give my take on a bunch of stuff. I'm usually a little bit out there (that is, I don't see the obvious at the outset), which means that you are probably going to have to deal with reading such topics as: Interpersonal relationship training for scientists, my lab pet peeves, how to get along in business when you just came straight out of academia, trying to deal with having a life and being a scientist, really odd topics for a paper, random stuff I found on the internet that made me shoot coffee out of my nose, you know, (ab)normal Geeka. Why the title? Because at the very heart of me, I'm a virologist, and while I don't necessarily do that now, it's how I view the scientific world.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I have a weekly meeting with my new boss. It's a 1 on 1 thing that he wants to be really low key. He claimed that he wanted to keep an eye on me since I am the only member of the 10 person group that hasn't worked in industry before.

During my meeting, he mentioned to me that he was impressed with my work thus far, that I was the most advanced in the new group, and he'd like me to present at the next lab meeting (but only if I was comfortable). Hells yeah! I'm so totally viewing this as a 'you are doing a good job, Geeka' praise thing. It might be some screwball industry chum laden shark infested waters of a lab meeting (sorry, I wasn't paying attention to the fact that it was shark week last week), but I'm going to go in shooting. Silent Squee!

I work with other people that are from other countries, and for some reason, they particularly like to shorten my name to it's first syllable. This chaps my ass like nothing else. I don't like it. I also don't like the 'French' version of my name. I don't like (but deal with) the sing-songy, whiney version of my name. This all may stem from having a childhood nickname that infiltrated my life so much, that my teachers didn't even know what my real first name was until 6th grade. I feel like a little bit of a prick telling them what they should call me, after all, it's not like they are calling me 'Steve' for 'Stephanie' or anything, but I don't really know how to tell them that I really, really hate them calling me that.

Does anyone actually belong to an academic society that they don't go to meetings for? It used to be that you'd join so that you'd get the journal, but now with University licenses, you really don't need that. I haven't done the breakdown about if you get a significant discount for membership (i.e. discount for conference is greater than dues). Other than being something to put on CVs, are they any good? (Disclaimer: I belong to one. I have gotten 7 emails from them in the past 10 years, all of them having to do w/ signing up for conferences.) I find that the information that I get from places like the Purdue Cytometry email list much more informative.

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Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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This is pretty funny, but don't get me started on childhood nicknames

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I think if it really bothers you, maybe you should address the name thing now before it becomes ingrained.
I am sure that people do not realize you don't like it and they wouldn't want to keep doing something you hate.
In lab meeting tomorrow, maybe just tell everyone then. Since we don't know you're name, it's hard to judge how bad this is.

On the other hand, people usually shorten names when they feel very comfortable with a person and have affinity for them. So the fact that you've got a nickname or two could be a good thing.

I belong to several academic societies. You may want to go to the meetings at some point or receive discounts. All my affiliations are related to my current work. If you are talking about old memberships that are no longer relevant, then no.
At a company, do you have access to university journals?

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Yay! Congratulations on the excellent day at work :-)

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Yay! Congrats on rocking it from day 1. I would DEFINITELY tell people what you want them to call you. I'm sure if they knew they were calling you something you don't like they'd feel bad and want to change, so just set it all straight! Sometimes people call me "Becky" and I HATE HATE HATE that variation (no offense if any Becky's are reading this--it's just not who I am). When this happens, I just say "it's Becca, please!" and it's all good.

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My real first name is only three letters long so when people try and abbreviate it I usually just punch them in the throat.

Outside of work everyone calls me by my surname. I usually don't even answer to my first name anymore...

If it really bugs you then you should definitely say something. Or punch them in the throat.

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I had an Indian boss at UM one summer and his name was Buddhi, pronounced booty. It was hilarious, big fat brown dude. He was cool as hell. The other folks tried to call him Bud, but he wouldn't have it. Booty it was.

My real name is unpronouncable to anyone outside of Israel, so I go w the translation. Throughout college and dealing w any official crap in the US it's always been a nightmere, they always ask how to say it and I always tell them just don't worry about it. My friend suggested I should call myself Bob. Everyone can say Bob. I think. Anyway, if it bothers you just stand up and say it. I know plenty of people who are named Michael and don't let anyone call them Mike, or Matthew's that don't let people call them Matt. Just say it loudly one time, get it out of the way, and this will all be forgoten.

Well except for the French thing, cause let's face it, that accent ain't never gonna change.

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And then punch 'em in the throat?

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I don't think that I can punch anyone in the throat because I'm beginning to think that I'm the token short person in the group. I had to go search out step stools because I can't reach the second shelf above my bench.

@Evie: My last name is pretty much unpronounceable as well. It's Polish, and people get confused in the middle.
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