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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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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I work on the fourth floor of your main administrative building. It is an 'I" shaped building, with the tines housing senior offices and the body containing the cubes for the drones.

Naturally, I have a corner office.

On my floor the Office of Research and the Office of Academic Affairs share an uneasy relationship. Both Vice-Chancellors are one end of the hall and various Assistant and Associate Vice-Chancellors are scattered at each end. Well, like most places we're going through some restructuring...some staffing changes. Sad, but true, and resulting in empty offices. So, the VC Academic Affairs decided we would re-structure to make better use of the space.

Now try and follow this if you can...

One Assistant Vice-Chancellor is moving to a large office off of the main corridor, the Associate Vice Chancellor is moving in the smaller space vacated by the Assistant Vice Chancellor*, and another Assistant Vice-Chancellor (my boss) is moving from one end of the hall to the other into the space vacated by the aforementioned Associate Vice-Chancellor. In the Assistant Vice-Chancellor's (my boss) now vacant office a few high-ranking drones (my peers in Academic Affairs, essentially) are moving so as to create a more cohesive unit, next door to the Vice Chancellor for whom they work (even they too report to my boss, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, now at my end of the hall).

Meanwhile, and somewhat relevant to this tale, 95% of the drones are being re-shuffled too. So, no one is getting any work done. I am one of four people on the entire floor who isn't having to move. So, I at least should be able to get some work done right?

Alas no. I am now surrounded on all sides by various ranks of Vice-Chancellor in the process of having their offices moved and reshuffled. And pictures hung, which attends with its concomitant banging of nails into walls. And every dolly cart is in critical need of lubrication.

I'm trying to write a paper. I have 48 hours to finish it and submit it, and I need silence to write. I tried working at home, but my girlfriend decided to watch "The price is Right" and provide her own amusing narration to give Drew Cary a hand. The cats got jealous of my computer getting all the attention (and were probably as annoyed by the 'witty' banter between Musicgirl and Mr. Cary) that they took turns chasing the cursor on my computer screen and sitting on my lab marking 'puddings'. They have sharp claws.

This. Fucking. Sucks. I could go to the library, but it's 3 blocks away and it's 40C again today, and the med students are back in school so the place will be like a fucking frat party as d00des who haven't seen other, like, in weeks ma-a-a-n play catch up.

I think we're getting close to full-relocation. There's an excellent e-cafe a couple of miles away. Free WiFi and free re-fills. The clock is ticking...

*The Associate Vice-Chancellor is moving to smaller office because she just got a massive fucking R01 and is now back in the lab 3-4 days/week. One thing about my place, deadwood does not hold senior administrative positions!

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Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Go to the coffee shop!! I get way more work done in a coffee shop than I do in lab or at home. And free refills? Gosh but that is a foreign concept in NYC.

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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I do most of my work at home on the couch. Free refills there too!

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That really sucks. I say escape, before you go next door and break your toe kicking some ass.

Genomic Repairman
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I write at my office at work, and I make my own free refills using my bottom drawer liquor cabinet. I also have ear plugs designed for folks to use on the flight decks of aircraft carriers. Super helpful, almost as much as the booze.

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When I saw the title of this post I thought it was going to be related to your 3 year cycle of broken bones.

Have you thought of a private hospital room as a nice, quiet environment?

Failing that, the coffee shop sounds like a good option.

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Ha ha

Shorter Cath "Break yourself". Cath, hospitals are the enemy of efficient work and efficient workers.

Tideliar- what the hell's up with all the VCs? Do they have a president or something who's the actual boss?

Dr. O
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We have a quiet bookstore a few miles away from U, complete with coffee/snack shop that rivals Starbucks (and quite a bit cheaper). It's the perfect escape when the lab peeps go haywire and the office neighbors decide to talk on the phone all day long.

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Well yay! First time I've been able to log in from my phone. Must be my clumsy phone typing...

I ended up staying in my office, ear phones and Miles Davis providing some escape. Problem with heading to the coffee shop is that my would have been 200F inside and I have no A/C...

@Cath thanks for stopping by :)

As for quiet hospital rooms I could tell you some stories, but they aren't about writing >;)

@antipodean: our Office of Academic Affairs is actually Academic, Faculty & Student affairs so we cover a LOT of territory. The AVCs are like having VPs of different interest groups who report to an SVP (the VC herself). Its complicated but it works. Ususally.

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I came up with a solution to the problem this morning. Or rather Pratchett did.

You need an Arch-Chancellor

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That's not a bad idea. Sometimes this place does remind me of the Unseen university
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