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Sunday, September 19, 2010


The start of the school year seems to hit harder every year. In case you missed anything, here’s the weekly round up for Sept. 11 to 18.

We did skip a summary for Sept. 5 to 11 because most of the posts were part of a blog carnival of ‘what I wish I knew’ and Biochem Belle kept a great running summary. Brian (Living LabSpaces) also did a post on Facebook for science that generated a lot of comments. Genomic Repairman brought in a guest to talk about the dangers of an easy publication - great idea! I didn’t post during the last week so maybe I should start thinking about this option.

Back to the last week…

Many of the posts dealt with the non-bench aspects of scientific careers
(talks, grants, exams, competition):

Damn Good Technician was getting ready for an upcoming talk and shared the realization of a career milestone. And the talk went well!
Genomic Repairman was in the middle of his candidacy exam and shared some examples of why people run away from the lab or office to write. We learned about some things that make Odyssey grumpy, including unprepared graduate students on exams and poor grant writing (look out Genomic Repairman!)
Tideliar gave us some great pointers on writing grants and I think he should do an online course.
One of the most popular posts was Dr. Becca talking about her science enemy who has taken some extreme measures like measuring error bars on a conference poster. Gerty-Z also posted about competition between scientists even when they don’t directly compete. Are we trained to compete against everyone we know?
Dr. O described a lab situation that is destined to blow up but is it due to poor communication, differing expectations, laziness, or everything together? And if you are looking for a new lab, Dr. Becca wrote about the best way to get futureProf’s attention and got some good suggestions in the comments.

Science-y stuff
One advantage to being a part of a science collective is learning things outside your discipline. I’m terribly hopeless at understanding physics and mechanical things so I love it when people break down the concepts. This week, Evie taught us about water vapour around stars and how theories can change.
Genomic Repairman called out a CNN story where a lawyer calls stem cells outmoded. Animal research also brings in some strong emotions and Geeka shared a story that highlighted the role of the IACUC chair in caring for animals but enforcing safety rules.

Miscellaneous
David Manly is back from his European adventure and shared his unexpected treat. I hope he took Evie’s advice on how not to board a plane.
Dr. O warmed our hearts with the Little Lab Bench. I’m no longer at the bench but I hope that my new desk and I get to a similar understanding.

It’s been a full week and please read the above posts in full – and leave some comments!

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Great roundup - thanks, Catherine!
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