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I was recently reminded, again, that the science folks on social media are pretty good folks to know. If you happen to notice that you will be travel overlapping in a city with someone you only know via the blogs or the Twitters, reach out.
It won't always be possible* to meet up for a coffee, beer or meal, sure. But if you can work out the scheduling, it is well worth it.
In other news, I finally got a chance to meet Dr. Rubidium. So that was nice.
In case you missed it on the twitters, she's Scientopia's latest newly hired Assistant Professor, starting in the fall.
— Raychelle Burks (@DrRubidium) February 11, 2016
Please join me in congratulating her, if you missed the chance to do so on Twitter.
*and yeah, I know, creepers are on social sci-media too. Be circumspect. Get references from people you trust if you have to! 🙂
1. Entertain yourself.
Nine years ago my dismay at the way certain Ecstasy and pot enthusiasts conducted misinformation campaigns online, and dismay over certain realities of the scientific career arc reached a threshold.
I had been reading science blogs and, particularly, several ScienceBlogs, so the outlet immediately presented itself.
Much spleen has been vented and my sanity kept near the critical line.
I've read comments from people that I would have never known, still don't beyond the confines of this blog in many cases* and learned a great deal as a consequence.
I've gotten to know people in my field that I would have known only at a handshake level. I've gotten to know some fantastic people in other fields or walks of life that I would have never run across.
In short, it has been a lot of fun writing this blog over the past nine years.
I can quit anytime I want.
*as recently as the last few months I've had a long term blog commenter out self to me and I was shocked to discover it wasn't a woman like I thought.
Jan: Here's to wishing all of my Readers a fantastic 2015. May your grants be funded, your papers accepted and your promotions obtained.
Feb: Some people try to get into a mental frame for grant writing with disruptions of their normal workaday routine.
These things may or may not be part of your personal life, where rejection rears its head at times and you are left to deal with the fall out.
Jun: First of all, if you don't understand that anything featuring groups of humans is in the broader sense "political" than you are a fool.
Jul: I still get irritated every time a PO gives me some grant advice or guidance that is discordant with my best understanding of the process.
Aug: Sometimes, I page back through my Web of Science list of pubs to the minimal citations range.
Sep: How many staff members (mix of techs, undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, staff sci, PI) constitute a "medium sized laboratory" in your opinion?
Oct: Are you familiar with any Universities that award some sort of official recognition of the completion of a postdoctoral term of scientific training?
Dec: It emerged on the Twitts today that sometimes postdocs can defer student loans and sometimes they cannot.
It's that time again, Dear Reader.
This post is a meme for you, the readers of this blog, to take more than the usual spotlight you enjoy here in the comments. This is especially for you lurkers (in case you didn't notice, the email field can be filled with nonsense like email@example.com). For the the veterans, yes I know who you are but feel free to update us on any changes in the way you interact with the blog...especially if you've lost touch with the content, been dismayed or just decided that I'm not who you thought at first, ideas-wise.
1) Tell me about yourself. Who are you? Do you have a background in science? If so, what draws you here as opposed to meatier, more academic fare? And if not, what brought you here and why have you stayed?
2) Have you told anyone else about this blog? Why? Were they folks who are not a scientist?. Ever sent anything to family members or groups of friends who don't understand your career?
3) How did you find us and how do you regularly follow us? through Twitter, Facebook and/or other beyond-RSS mechanisms?
If you blog, and I know many of you do, go ahead and post your own version of this. Take the time to get to know your audience and ask the lurkers to come out and play. You'll be most pleasantly surprised how many take you up on it.
[This is all the fault of Ed Yong. Head over the the last iteration to see all the gory details and links to prior comment threads.]
I cannot tell you how comforting it is to know that no matter the depths and pedantry of my grant geekery, there is always a certain person to be found digging away furiously below me.
I maintain a blog Glossary page which is supposed to be a handy reference for newcomers to the blog. It is necessary because I am lazy and often use shorthand when I am writing blog posts. My commenters frequently do as well. I was just adding RAP to the list when I thought I should maybe solicit feedback from you.
So, any suggestions for the Glossary, Dear Reader?
Anything which stumped you when you first started reading? Or which stumps you now?
What jargon should I add?