At the recent AAAS Science & Technology Policy Forum, Patrick Clemins, Director of the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, discussed R&D in the FY2012 Government budget. He opened with the interesting observation that the most popular news items in last month’s Washington Post were (1) The Federal budget, (2) the Arab revolution, and (3) Afghanistan. He then argued that fame brings scrutiny and enumerated some of the goals of the Federal government in FY2012:
Robert Groves, Director of the US Census Bureau recently spoke at the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Forum, on the demographic patterns that drive public policy decisions. It was a great presentation with lots of figures. He had five main points: 1. US population growth rate is declining, creating an aging society
In Part 1, David Rasko, PhD, shared his tips for post-docs who are looking for a research position at an academic institution. David is an Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and a scientist at the Institute for Genome Sciences, and he has additional advice.You’ve written a good cover letter, what happens next?
Has your upcoming job interview turned you into a bundle of nerves? It’s no wonder. You’re on the spot and it’s make-or-break time. The good news is that you can relax, be calm, and still have a fantastic interview with the tips I’m going to give you in the video below:
The topic of this posting concerns virtual job fairs. I must admit though that my previous experience with job fairs has been primarily to feign interest in employment just long enough to get a cool Frisbee, thermos or bottle-opener from a company advertising themselves with these items. Having never actually done the virtual version of the real life thing, I can’t with 100% confidence layout the pros and cons of virtual vs. real life. However, I have attended the real life versions for looting purposes in the past, and I think a virtual version would be an improvement.
After a nice workout, I like to eat breakfast in front of my computer and read the Bio Careers blogs. Two blogs caught my attention this week. The first one, by Wenny Lyn, “Scientists and social media” discussed how scientists may not be comfortable with innovative tools for communication and networking (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).
You travel to another city for a day of interviews. Often, you will be parked in a room, and a parade of people rotates through. HR, your direct report, people above you in the hierarchy and people below. Lab people, lawyer people, likeable people, and some not so much. And they all are asking questions about you. • What is your greatest achievement (getting a cab in the rain today)• Why do you want to work here (I don’t, I just want a job)
“Mandy, I still remember the first time we got to know each other,” my friend said during a four-hour road trip a couple of weeks ago. “We were riding a bus to New York City, and I really wanted to get to know you and to understand what you work on, but all I could figure out was that there are plant hormones and that you studied them,” she continued.
Has anybody thought that reality and actuality is not always the same? There may not be many people like those in Reality TV shows, but has anybody thought about its actuality? I will use GAMBLING as an example to discuss reality and actuality.Do scientists gamble? Many scientists would say: “No, we never gamble. We don’t have the time and money to go to Las Vegas.” Yes, in reality, scientists work late hours at the lab. They don’t normally gamble. But, what do scientists usually do in the lab? - Experiments.