Author Archives: Megan

Navigating lab in a wheelchair

As I wrote about previously, I had a string of bad luck and illness this winter that culminated in my passing out in the bathroom and somehow fracturing the 1st-4th metatarsals and the inferior cuneiform of my foot. My injury … Continue reading

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A reprise…. how the heck are you guys doing it all?!?

I’m writing to kind of follow up on this post written by another blogger a few months ago. I am also having a really hard time right now. In the late fall, an upper respiratory virus made its way through our … Continue reading

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Where are we now?

Over the life of this blog, our careers and lives have taken us in many different directions. Here’s a snapshot of where we are now, and how we got there.   Megan: I am currently (still) a postdoc in academia. … Continue reading

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What scientists inspire you?

I’m trying to make the difficult transition out of postdoc-dom into a more permanent position. It’s been hard, full of rejection and difficult personal and professional negotiations, and my future is still very uncertain. During this time, I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

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Lessons from a toddler

I thought I knew what I was doing when I became a parent. I’m the elder sibling and the oldest cousin in my family, so I changed many diapers when I was still a child myself. I volunteered in a … Continue reading

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Is this cheating or is it networking?

I’m a TA for a large undergraduate course that’s required for premed and bio majors. As I was grading the first exam of the course, I was scoring an open-ended question that was vaguely worded. So I was surprised when … Continue reading

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Flu season 2018: infectious behavior

Walking around campus last week, I was surrounded by students who were hacking and coughing. I dodged an undergrad with red-rimmed, teary eyes and another who was pale and shivering despite being wrapped up in what looked like a blanket. … Continue reading

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