Research-and careers therein-rarely follows a linear path. Instead, it is often a long and winding road. These are stories about science and my personal experiences on this road.
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After spending my entire life in the southeastern United States, including 5+ years of graduate school at Pretty Southern University (PSU), I migrated to the Northeast with my husband, Paramed, to learn a new field as a postdoc at Research Institute (RI), where I have now worked for a year and a half--and will be leaving in a few months for another postdoc in the same city. I am a young, female, American-born and -trained scientist--and a Southerner. None of these may change how I do science--anymore than any individual's personality does. However, many people seem to think this is an unusual combination, and these traits do affect how I am perceived--for better or worse.
Ever on and on...
My other blog, There & (hopefully) back again, is nod to one of my favorite books, but the title also alludes to part of the adventure and challenge of science and academia. Often we step out the front door of our cozy little world and find ourselves in places or situations we perhaps did not intend. We may think we know where we're trying to get, but the path forward is not always so clear.
Research--and a career therein--is rarely a linear path. Instead the road is long and winding. Detours are taken--sometimes out of necessity, sometimes out of curiosity. Sometimes the destination changes, other times we just take a different path there. This is a place where I tell stories about science, research, policy, and my own personal experiences along the road.The Road goes ever on and onDown from the door where it began.Now far ahead the Road has gone,And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet,Until it joins some larger wayWhere many paths and errands meet.And whither then?I cannot say.- J. R. R. Tolkein -