Titles as a Sign You're Doing It Wrong? A(nother) Weird Conversation via Fighty Squirrel

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

This Fighty Squirrel recently had occasion to talk to a small group of spunky professionals who knew nothing of science and academics. These folks had the task of stepping into …

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Exercising Your Professional Brand at Conference Interviews

Rebecca Helton, MA

At Vanderbilt, we’ve been doing a lot with professional branding lately.  What you wear, what you do, and how you speak, sit, and walk all say things about you …

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I'm the Problem: My Generation's Addiction to Bibliometrics

The Edge for Scholars

Publication-based measures of scientific impact provide little of value to the research community. Despite assertions that bibliometrics can improve the evaluation of scientists and their establishments, we lack a qualitative …

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Academic Social Media Tangles: The Evolving Tale of Jennifer Berdahl

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

An interesting thing is happening to our northern neighbors. Several prominent academics have been asked by their universities to “ix-nay on the talky-say about work-hey”. Academics are built to gather …

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A Sure Fire Way to Know What Your Boss Thinks About You

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Step 1 of the 1 Step Sure Fire Way to Know What Your Boss Thinks About You is….. ASK! Sounds ridiculous, right? But there are countless people who spending sleepless nights worrying …

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The Trouble With Girls in Lab

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

It’s been a tough few weeks for women in science. In a June column of Science entitled “Help! My Advisor Won’t Stop Looking Down My Shirt” contributor Dr …

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The First Days of a New Tenure-Track Faculty Job

The Edge for Scholars

This is the season when some lucky ones preparing for new jobs in the fall. A few people have asked me what to expect, so I imagine even more are …

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Cool Jobs

Rebecca Helton, MA

I stumbled across this article about a chemistry professor who did science advising for Breaking Bad.  That sounds like an awesome gig.  Does anyone have any stories about opportunities that …

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The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life

The Edge for Scholars

In 2003, at a party, I met this very cool guy. He was on the job market for faculty positions and had just gotten an offer from MIT Sloan. I was …

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Putting It All Together: Kevin C. Ess

Rebecca Helton, MA

On a recent Monday, Kevin Ess found himself in the operating room helping guide a brain resection procedure for one of his patients with epilepsy.  Earlier that day, he collected …

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