Hi. My name’s Belle. And I’m a recovering postdoc.
Maybe you think it will never happen to you. You were a successful graduate student. You got along with your dissertation adviser and your committee members. Your project progressed, and when it was stalled, you had something else to work on. You worked, you published, you defended, and you moved to the postdoc position of your dreams.
Then one day–maybe three, six, nine months later–you wake up to find that the dream is a distant memory. You are tired, angry, bitter, depressed… You have turned into the disgruntledoc that you swore you’d never become.
Something to keep in mind this winter… Thank you Benchfly
This concept reminds me a lot of the ‘Inklings’ which included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein. I may have to make a few phone calls to my guy friends today…
From Tyler Wardis
…the core of this mastermind concept was a culture of intentional relationship, investment and advocacy that captivated me.
So, three months ago, five guys & I started an experiment with the idea. We get together every Friday, smoke cigars, and make it our primary goal to care just as much about the professional, relational & spiritual success of the one next to us as we do our own…
Tadpole Sees Through Eyeball on Its Tail
I will be working on projects like these in this lab in the next few months. So much amazing science!
Those who follow my blog may have noticed a slow-down in post frequency. Truthfully I’ve been working on my writing, just not the creative kind. For my next career move I need to write a grant application based off of this paper. The deadline is in less than two weeks and I’m cramming to get it all together. I shouldn’t even be writing this, but I check my own site compulsively and am getting bored seeing the same image every time.
The original paper suggests that the spine transmits information in response to damage that affects regenerating tail shape. This is evidenced by how tail shape goes wrong when there are competing damage signals from the spine as depicted above. The implication here is that the information of tail and shape is actually generated and transmitted by the central nervous system (CNS). In my proposal we are planning to take control of the CNS signaling and see if we can control regenerating tail shape and understand how that information is transmitted.
Off the hook science FTW.
Your project will probably fail.
While discussing projects with my mentor some time ago, he shocked me by disclosing that typically the most arduous and hi-risk projects are given to the most inexperienced and least likely to succeed, i.e. graduate students. Why? Because the alternative is to give those projects to post-docs who have a lot more riding on their success in the lab. Apparently, as Grad-students we can ‘afford’ to fail…
Failure and risk are Continue reading
Consider this pitch below. I wonder what you think of it.
Story Title pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Main Character against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Main Character finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Main Character is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Main Character discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Full Article, you’ll be surprised where this pitch actually came from!
‘Franken-Tadpoles’ See With Eyes on Their Backs – ScienceNOW
I’m going to be working for this lab in a few months.
No seriously, I’m doing my postdoc in this lab as soon as I defend my thesis. I can’t wait!
My project will be on tadpole tail regeneration as modified by the nervous system.