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xiaolidu@gmail.com

Xiaoli
Du

Make Your Dream Come True

Different people have different views on the life of being a postdoctoral fellow.  Some people consider it as a very rare opportunity to develop their ability to become an independent member of faculty in the future.  Some people take the advantage of the fellowship to dig out what they really are interested in as a career.  And some people just stay because they have no idea what they want to do in future.


sarahpick648@gmail.com

Sarah
Pick

Networking at Scientific Conferences – Part 2

My previous post was about networking at scientific conferences. Derek Haseltine, Director for Research Career Development and Co-Director of the  Office of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, gave so many great suggestions, I have presented them in two columns. You might recall that Derek recommends dividing the conference networking into three parts:


peggy@phcconsulting.com

Peggy
McKee

The Worst Interview Question of All: “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

If you’ve ever been interviewed for a job, you’ve likely been asked this question.  Even though we all hate it, it’s important that we know how to answer it well.  Of course, it’s never a good idea to name a weakness that would be detrimental to our job-worthiness, but it’s just as bad to say anything along the lines of, “I just work too darn hard.”  Candidates who go with the first option can inflict a lot of damage on their chances, and candidates who go with the second one project an image of insincerity that’s also damaging.


sarahpick648@gmail.com

Sarah
Pick

The Science of Comedy

The American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held their annual meeting, and one of the most popular sessions might have been Brian Malow’s talk on “The Science of Comedy: Communicating with Humor.” It was held twice (one of the few repeated sessions) and there was standing-room-only, packed crowds at each session.


jason.sherwin@columbia.edu

Jason
Sherwin

Moving Around and Following One’s Nose

I’ve gotten some requests on this blog to go a little more into my research. Don’t worry! It’s coming. But, for now, I want to focus on a “career-related” issue, since this is a bio career related blog. In particular, this entry is a response to an article that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal by Kay Hymowitz, entitled “Where Have all the Good Men Gone?” This is an excellent article on the state of the male “millenials,” as we are called, and their relationships (or sometimes lack thereof) with their female counterparts.


MMata2@its.jnj.com

Marielena
Mata

Letter to Andre

Just a few weeks ago, my little brother defended his Ph.D. thesis (OK, so he is not so little and technically he is not my brother).  I wanted to write him a note with some words of wisdom, but decided to actually share that letter with all of you, who perhaps might find value in the learnings of a big sister.  Dear Dr. “Brand New Ph.D.” (It feels great to hear the title Doctor, doesn’t it?)


katesleeth@googlemail.com

Kate
Sleeth

The Benefits of Participation

In my second article I mentioned the benefits of participating in associations and committees.  I thought I should expand on these and give specifics using myself as an example.


marina@biocareers.com

Marina
Enachi

The Worst Interview Question of All: “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

If you’ve ever been interviewed for a job, you’ve likely been asked this question.  Even though we all hate it, it’s important that we know how to answer it well.  Of course, it’s never a good idea to name a weakness that would be detrimental to our job-worthiness, but it’s just as bad to say anything along the lines of, “I just work too darn hard.”  Candidates who go with the first option can inflict a lot of damage on their chances, and candidates who go with the second one project an image of insincerity that’s also damaging.


ping232@yahoo.com

Ping
Xiao

3 tips for a successful job search for a Ph.D.

We are our own inner architects. As a PhD, it is not hard to understand an equilateral triangle base is the least requirement for a stable frame, and the broader that triangle is, the higher the building could be.  Skill, Interest and Value are the three sides of triangle, which are necessary for us to build careers in industry. 1.    Are the skills you have really useful?


ms.wennylin@yahoo.com

Wenny
Lin

Foreign postdocs at the NIH

During my first meeting with the planning committee for the 2011 NIH Career Symposium, I learned that more than 60% of the postdoc fellows at the NIH are non-US citizens or residents. Briefly judging from the accents heard around the room that day, I estimated that possibly 75% of the planning committee was foreign.