Author Archives: peírama

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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Resolutions 2017

Happy New Year! 2016 was a little rocky, but just like any year it had its ups and downs and we have all learned something about ourselves. Here are some of our goals for the upcoming year. Please share yours … Continue reading

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Resolution Revisit

http://www.unilad.co.uk/video/john-oliver-perfectly-explains-why-2016-is-so-awful/ At the  beginning of this year we here at Portrait of the Scientist made resolutions for ourselves for 2016. Here is how  reality lived up to those goals. Peírama: My goals were to gain confidence and enjoy the ride. Over … Continue reading

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Sadness and Resolve

I am sure many who read this blog are feeling low right now. Almost half of this country voted for someone who, among other things, disparages science and outright disrespects women. Out of my despair the only thing I can … Continue reading

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Take the good and leave the rest

I took a postdoc with a intense advisor because I wanted to be tougher. I had a great grad school experience with a great mentor. I worried that, although I felt strong from this experience, perhaps I felt this way … Continue reading

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