Category Archives: transitions

I have to pay back what?!

As if it isn’t difficult enough to be in your mid-thirties starting a family while living on a postdoc salary and waiting to move yet again before finally getting a “real” job, some of us also have to worry about … Continue reading

Posted in academia, finishing postdoctoral training, funding, money, postdoc, transitions | 4 Comments

Maternity leave – or – And I thought I knew everything!

I can’t believe I have an 8 week old baby! This time on maternity leave has been absolutely precious and has flown by. So what have I learned? Well for this blog I’ll skip all of the baby stuff (I … Continue reading

Posted in motherhood, postdoc, the fog, transitions | 2 Comments

Life Lessons from Teenagers

“So, what do you guy think of this?” I asked my students, using all my effort to bite my tongue and let my students express their own opinions. I was discussing the 2014 decision by Facebook and Apple to subsidize … Continue reading

Posted in early career scientist, female scientist, graduate school, job search, motherhood, role models, teaching, transitions | 4 Comments

Some more thoughts on networking – my two cents

It’s been five years since I received my PhD and I think I might be starting to enter a new phase in my career. For those of us without the imposed timelines of “K” and “R” awards career staging can … Continue reading

Posted in advice, biotech, communication styles, early career scientist, female scientist, industry, job search, Leaving Academia, new job, pharma, postdoc, postdocs, professional, start up, transitions, women in science | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Having it both ways: on changing – and keeping – my name

If I can find a way to get exactly what I want without compromising, why shouldn’t I go for it? That’s what I thought when I made the decision about my name, a personal choice that people make for many … Continue reading

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A Portrait of the Scientist as a New Mother

In which a mother-to-be in an academic postdoc position asks her fellow scientists all of her burning (work-related) questions about pregnancy and maternity planning. Jump to any of the Q&As by clicking the number, or read the full post below. Do … Continue reading

Posted in academia, motherhood, transitions, women in science | 6 Comments

Decision point

I was 25 – three years out of art school, living in Brooklyn, doing odd jobs – when I found something that looked promising on craigslist. An art space down the street from my Bushwick apartment was looking for interns. … Continue reading

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