The current economic downturn and high unemployment rate have, no doubt, created the common mind-set of “If you have a job offer, don’t be picky. Just take it.” These are the words of a friend of mine when she got an offer at a well-known biotech company recently. She felt that she was not in ...
I have worked in medical affairs in the pharmaceutical industry for over 10 years now and I often get asked at a dinner or cocktail party, “Just what is it you do?” That question was a lot easier to answer when I was a practicing obstetrician. Everyone understands delivering babies a...
The closest thing most grad students and postdocs have to a performance review is the committee meeting. But most organizations hold yearly reviews. Since we are coming to the end of the fiscal year, I’m getting ready to meet with my direct reports to review their accomplishments over the past yea...
This posting is about ‘the search for missing information.’ In particular, we compare a TED Talk by Eli Pariser on the ‘filter bubble’ to the neuro-engineering work I do on what is called cortically-coupled computer vision (C3Vision). In Mr. Pariser’s talk, he warns of the potential danger...
The most important event for Postdoctoral fellows is fast approaching. I am talking about National Postdoc Appreciation of course. This is where postdocs and other researchers celebrate the contribution postdocs make to science, both here in the US and worldwide. The National Postd...
The Jerk GapRecently, I heard on KQED’s Forum about the finding that aggressive men (and women) earn almost $10,000 more a year than nice guys (listen to the story). It brought back so many memories that I have to share my journey from being a nice-yet-often-ignored girl in my first-year graduate ...
Postdoc positions within the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, like many other jobs, have taken a hit with the latest budget news. The option to extend USDA postdocs past their two-year appointments is no longer available—at least for now. So, as I draw near the end of my second year, I have ...
Hello everyone. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Fatos I am from Albania, a small country about the size of Maryland. I graduated from the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department of Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Later I worked in the Natural History Museum in London.
The topic of this posting is ‘the promise of the latter stage career.’ It is inspired by my recent trip on holiday to Spain, in particular Barcelona. In Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia church is an emblem of the city and it is a hot tourist destination. But it’s history and continuing developme...