Category Archives: academia

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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What do you miss about academia?

Prior to and since the launch of this blog many of the contributors have left academia. Is there anything we miss about academia?  If so, what? Torschlusspanik This year marks the fifth year of my leaving academia, of being a … Continue reading

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Motherhood has changed my perspective on my career

Motherhood has changed my perspective on my career. (gasp!) During graduate school, everyone told me that this would be a bad thing. It would be a sign of failure if growing a family altered my career objectives. I have decided … Continue reading

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When should details of misconduct be made public?

Amid the #metoo movement, we have seen extreme publicity of the Hollywood allegations of sexual misconduct, including the shocking and sensational details revealed by victims coming forward. We have seen some spread of this movement and publicity to other arenas … 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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New Mom in a New Job

I had no idea what to expect during my first week back to work after maternity leave at a brand new job. Just before my son was born, I landed a new academic postdoc position after being ousted from my … Continue reading

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