Author Archives: peírama

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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Getting over burnout

The month of May in the Northwest is lovely. So when the days became clear and warm I began taking my book and my food to a sunny spot outside. For a short time, I would escape my world, avoiding … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Computer Scientist

I saw this blog post by a friend from grad school so I thought I would share. My favorite part is this: I have to add, even if you think or know you’ve been invited to an event, either to … Continue reading

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March for Science

More umbrellas than signs by the end of the Philly Science March. Impressive how many people stuck around despite the bad weather! Many of us here at Portrait of a Scientist marched in the March for Science this past weekend. … Continue reading

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Hidden Figures Book/Movie Club

A number of us recently read and watched Hidden Figures, a book and its film adaptation about a group of female black mathematicians, known as computers, who individually and as a group played a crucial role in early air and … Continue reading

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The layoff

I’ve heard stories of it happening. I know it can happen. It has happened to plenty of people. But to me? It couldn’t happen. But it did. I was laid off. With one month of notice. In some industries that … Continue reading

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