I am starting my lab as an Assistant Professor at a Big Research University (summer 2010). I have a super partner and an adorable kiddo, Mini-G. I tend to rush into things and then figure them out as I muddle along. I'm sure that will be true here, too. I hope to use this space to maintain my sanity and share my perspectives on science and academia. These perspectives may sometimes qualify as rants. There will undoubtedly be some crazy times on the tenure track. Gmail me [at] primaryinvestigator
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In my trainee days, I was known to show up to random events for the free cookie/donut (product show, anyone?). But I was never a big attendee of the various workshops/panel discussions/etc. handing out career advice. Mostly because they always ended up spiraling into a place of either a) things I don't care about or b) things that seem like common sense. And it just seemed like too much of an investment for a mediocre cookie.
OK, I admit it: I was the one that came in, took a cookie, and then just left. Whatcha gonna do about it?
ANYWHOOOO, A while ago, Hermitage wondered why it was that all "women in academia" workshops/panels/etc always ended up focusing on how to balance your work with having babies. Now, I love babies. I have one of the most cutest and most awesomest of all time, speaking objectively. But there are a lot of things about being a woman in academia to worry about that have nothing to do with babies. And, there are a lot of women that don't want to have kids. So, Hermitage has organized a panel of female academics (including me!) to have a baby-free Q&A session online. The basic idea, as I understand it, is that you will all submit questions at her place, she will compile and choose 4, and then the panel will answer them on their own blog. Sort of a mini-carnival. So, grab a cookie and head over to submit your question(s) - as long as they have nothing to do with babies!
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That's a fantastic idea. I have had the same issues with these panels.
Maybe women in academia or science should be our next theme topic?