Dec 06 2012 Published by drugmonkey under Day in the life of DrugMonkey, NIH, NIH Budgets and Economics, NIH Careerism, NIH funding, Tribe of Science
Maybe the conversation with our colleagues sparked by "hey, how's it going" won't be immediately about grant funding.
I seem to recall some past halcyon days when current scientific interests were the first item on the table.
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Maybe you should stop hanging around with boring douchebaggios?
This is, of course, one means by which a job candidate (or other visitor) can judge the scientific vitality of a place: do the inhabitants mostly talk about grants and department-level politics (e.g., who was made to teach and who wasn't), or is the primary focus on science?
CPP has a point. I find those kinds of conversations boring, depressing, counterproductive, and overall a complete waste of time. I'm more than willing to commiserate with a colleague who has lost funding, but general whineage about the overall funding situation? Not so much. We all know it sucks. Instead of whinging about it, we should spend that time figuring out how best to survive. That will, in large part, be through our science.
I guess you're older than I am. I don't remember any such days. 🙁
You are slipping PP. You are supposed to accuse me of being such a boring douchebaggio.
If three, or more, of your colleagues join Weight Watchers, that is the end of academic discussion in the department. I speak from experience.
Sooner or later you get about one grant cycle from retirement, and it is wonderful
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