The blog "Tales of the Genomic Repairman" is authored by:
A semi-cultured, good-natured graduate student in biomedical sciences who escaped out of the deep south.
Sounds intriguing, let's sample.
Ode to My Angry Antigen:
Oh why is it taking me so long to produce you, my fair antigen. I need you to make some mouse monoclonal antibodies to do some experiment with my controls to determine specificity and maybe sell my stuff off to Santa Cruz as their antibody is utter bullshit.
ahh..."good natured" you say? HAHAHA! good one!
I feel like a girl waiting by the phone
for some guy named fellowship to call me. Its pretty close to notification time as the selection committee has taken their sweet time to review, scrutinize, comment on, and line their birdcages with the proposals. Hopefully Polly isn't crapping on mine right now.
amazingly enough, the Polly targeting system works as well as any to rank the proposals in your pile of fellowship applications, my friend*.
Pull out the liferafts, PI's are jumping ship
So the PI who got moved from being our division director as well as department chairman (read here and here) may be packing up his game and heading out not too far west to somewhere else. This is still shaky as I think the negotiations are playing out in real time. But this sucks as I have two friends who are grad students in the lab
Trainees usually bear the brunt. It's brutal when mid career folks start looking around for newer / greener pastures. They don't want to tell the lab too early because then they will all bail or at least stop coming to the lab and acting all depressed. And in many cases it takes a few tries, potentially over several years, for the mid career scientist to find that sweet, sweet offer- time in which the grads and postdocs can be finished up and gone anyway.
Lab meeting and other time sucking activities
So I'm losing over 3 hours of my work week to lab meetings.
*that was a joke people.