Career Paths



Foreign Intrigue: Does outsourcing jobs mean outsourcing ethics?

The drug giant, Glaxo Smith Kline, has a lot of explaining to do.  This month the company has suffered a public relations storm with charges of  bribery, arrests of executives in China,  and allegations of falsifying research results, to name a few. Here at home, GSK is also in hot wa...



Getting a Professional Opinion

Today I want to focus on something that I believe a lot of scientists should consider getting – getting a professional opinion.  We are all familiar with the idea of being trained by an expert in our field of interest, after all that is what we did with our doctoral degrees, but we don’t se...



Taking Criticism as a Professional Writer

To be successful in science, you have to learn how to take criticism. This is one of the reasons I left the bench. I didn't like feeling like I wasn't good enough all the time. At that time, I thought that the best coping strategy would be to ignore the criticism. Unfortunately, this left me feeling...


Reineke Pohlhaus

Top ten email best practices

Realizing that we all live in an age of information overload,  – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t complain about having too many emails. Here is my list of 10 DOs and DON’Ts1. DO include a response deadline in the subject● Example: September 24 webinar available2. DO include an action ...

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It’s OK to be Selfish!

I have a Type A personality (with a capital A), and so, when I face a big decision, I like to consider all aspects, both good and bad, prior to making it. When it comes to my career, part of that process has included talking to others with expertise or experience in the areas I am considering. Howev...



Takeaways from the Organization for Computational Neuroscience’s Annual Meeting

Dispatch from Paris: This week was the annual meeting of the Organization for Computational Neuroscience. This year, it took place at Université Paris Descartes. And so, here we were this week – unraveling the mystery of “cogito ergo sum” (In English: “I think, therefore I am”), or at lea...



Cultural Fit: Are You Out of Place @ Your Work Place?

Another blind date.  It started with a call from a recruiter.  One of my former employers gave me name to colleague who was looking for a department head with women’s health experience.  And like (at least, how I imagine to be),  we started the engagement wi...



Increasing your Professional Perception

Ever since I moved away from the bench, I have been reading new books to provide me with tips and tools for my new “Administrator” role.  I have also met with a professionalism coach.  Occasionally, the tips I have heard or seen don’t appear to be pertinent to me.  However, afte...



Planning my career Part II

This is my second installment in 2013 on this site – for a brief introduction and background, please see my initial entry. 



Better the devil you know than the devil you don't

Even though jobs, relationships, and cities make you unhappy or uncomfortable, you stay in them because of loss aversion. Loss aversion keeps you where you are, because the fear of losing what you have is greater than the reward associated with pursuing what you want. Don’t worry– we all do it.&...