Author Archives: peírama

Winding paths

This past fall, the child that was in my big belly when I defended my dissertation started kindergarten. It wasn’t a hard transition for him. He had been in full day daycare from the age of 5 months when I … Continue reading

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Impact

One day, when my son was two or three, he did not want to put on his shoes. This is not unusual for a two-year-old, of course. But on this day he didn’t cry about it or throw a fit, … Continue reading

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Resolutions 2018

Happy New Year! Please share yours in the comments! SweetScience: As you may have been able to tell from my last post and analysis of 2017, I was just happy to have survived, and thrilled to be moving in the … Continue reading

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2017 Resolution Revisit

At the beginning of this year we shared some of our goals for the upcoming year. Here are some updates on how we’ve done. How has your year measured up to expectations? Please share your success (and failures) in the … Continue reading

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The current state of science career paths

We recently received an email asking the following: “I just wondered if you had any words of advice on how to manage the love/hate relationship with the current state of science career paths?” peirama answered in a previous post. Here … Continue reading

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Love/Hate relationship with science

We at Portrait of the Scientist recently received this question: “I just wondered if you had any words of advice on how to manage the love/hate relationship with the current state of science career paths?” What a tough question. I … Continue reading

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Cherries and cherry pits

For a long time, I was looking for a job. This was my vague list of demands: Use my scientific knowledge Use my critical thinking skills Participate in goal-driven work Good boss Good team As a medical policy research analyst, … Continue reading

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