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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SfN The meH...REDUX - OMG FTW!
Thursday, November 18, 2010

SfN Banter: The Review
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SfN Day 3 (yeah, late again)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

They Love me in San Diego!
Monday, November 15, 2010

SfN Day 2 (also late)
Sunday, November 14, 2010

SfN Day 1 (late)
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Office Space
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Boot Force
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Time for BANTER!
Monday, November 1, 2010
October (9)

My House
Sunday, October 31, 2010

SfN the Meh...WTF!?
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lola, or A Tale of Delightful Surprise
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

This one's for Odyssey
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Meandering Scholar meanders once more
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Donors Choose do they?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hey, Ho, the Witch is Dead...
Monday, October 11, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I wonder...what if...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
September (5)

Dear Barista...
Thursday, September 30, 2010

I hate sports
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Grantsmanship - skill or gift?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Classic Sting?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What I know now? You're not that special.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
August (8)

Wait. You are not the boss.
Thursday, August 26, 2010

Did you find what you were looking for?
Monday, August 23, 2010

Smoke Break?
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Crash, Bang,, click, boom
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Injury Re-re-post
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Don't tag me Bro!
Friday, August 6, 2010

Remember that time you called a Laureate a twat?
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Here I am!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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I am scientist by training, inclination and temperament. However, this is a blog, not a lab. The title reflects my passion for hyperbole, so don't take me too seriously. I don't. I was a technician in a physiology lab, got my PhD in molecular genetics and neuroscience, was a postdoctoral fellow in biophysics and now am a Project Manager in a Clinical Science/Biomedical Informatics institute. I am a scientific jack-of-all-trades, and very happy because of it. I write about science that catches my eye, making the transition away from the lab bench, and the slightly odd and moist boundary where science culture meets the public. I am an Englishman by birth, an American by temperament and if I were you I wouldn't lend me money.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day four has opened with a whimper thanks to the Pittsburgh Steelers underwhelming defeat at home. The New England Patriots simply out played them. It sucked. Tom Brady, Patriots quaterback, was excellent at finding space and advancing his team down the field. The famous Steelers "Iron Curtain" (also called the Steel Curtain by some fans) simply couldn't contain the rush. The Steelers offence faired no better and our quarterback, the infamous Ben Roethlesberger spent a great deal of time on his back under a mountain of defensive linemen. To make matters worse, the other teams in our division (Cincinnati, Cleveland and Baltimore) all lost so we could should have taken a commanding lead of the division for the second half of the season. This defeat was made worse by coming on the back of a major Penn State defeat on Saturday. The Nittany Lions rolled over in the NCAA and let the Ohio State Buckeyes win the game in the fourth quarter.

Ah, the life of a Steelers fan is never easy.

What's that? Oh, right, science, yeah.

This morning was quiet for me, there were a couple of interesting mini-symposia and a some posters I looked at, but nothing too awe inspiring. I mentioned yesterday that my research interests have changed over the last couple of years. Traditionally I would have been geeking out over the excitatory amino acid stuff, and the glutamate receptor structure and function stuff. And I still have a fond space in my usually twisted heart for the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission. But nowadays, well I live in a different world. And it's not just the science.

As a grad student I was learning a hell of a lot about the science I was studying and falling in love with. And as a postdoc I changed fields, jumped the synapse as it were, so there was still a lot of learning. Sometimes one learned by reading posters, but more often one learned and grew from talking to other postdocs about their research. But I am no longer a postdoc, and I a pretty fucking far away from being a grad student.

If my career was more 'traditional' I would be a PI, a faculty member. I would be talking to collaborators and possible collaborators. I would be selling my work to the editors of the journals, and schmoozing with my program officers at the NIH or NSF. Well, I am not faculty, but to all intents and purposes I am a PI. I co-lead a group of Pups (c.f. grad students) and Rats (c.f. postdocs). I write grants (and hope they get funded), I write papers (they get published). So what have I been doing this trip?

Networking. I have been walking the walk and talking the talk of the group leader for the first time and I'll tellIt you something. feels pretty fucking good.

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Genomic Repairman
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You have to walk with the fucking PI swagger/pimpstrut.

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I gots the strut yo. Pimpin holmes.

Dub C Med School
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"Pimpin holmes"?  I'm trying to mentally frame that statement and your accent together, and it's all pear shaped.

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Ugh. If listening to people blither on about Penn State = networking, I will never be a PI. Or a PI-like-substance. (PI-lite? PI-helper? I-can't-believe-its-not-PI?)

Professor in Training
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Haha - even I'm beating you in the footy pool and I don't know even where the from Steelers are from.* And Odyssey is beating you, too. Down with the pommy bastards!


* Ok, I do know where the Steelers are from. I'm not that stupid.**

** They're from Texas, right?

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@Becca: There was surprisingly little football talk during the networking discussions :)

@PiT: bite me

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