Career Paths

ping232

Ping
Xiao

Believe in Yourself is the Way to Success- My Story of Transition From Academia

Once upon a time, there was an eagle that grew up with a group of chickens. He thought of himself as a chicken too, enjoying a routine life the same as everybody else. His master was very angry when trying various methods to get him to fly, but he couldn’t.


ceweinber

Clement
Weinberger

Publish or Perish?

You know what it means. In academia, achieving tenure, promotions, and obtaining research funding puts a lot of pressure on faculty to publish frequently. Numerous publications are seen as a demonstration that one has made a significant impact on the field.


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Salary expectations in the federal government

I was recently contacted by a recruiter about a job opening.  He caught me off-guard (mistake on my part) with the question, “What are your salary expectations?”Like any excellent scientist would do, rather than giving him an answer, I turned his question into another question, “Well, wha...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

Mentoring

Each and every one of us has been mentored.  We have probably experienced both good and bad mentoring and may have even had the opportunity to attempt it ourselves.  Most academics do not receive formal training on how to teach or mentor effectively, and yet they are expected to do just th...


ruijia2005

Ray
Wang

National Lab, Love It? Or Not?

Although I decided to go for an industrial career, I still had a chance to get a taste in a national lab before I graduated. I knew I wouldn’t be working there in the future, so I took a more objective angle to look at everything there. As the saying goes, every coin has two sides. The experience ...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

Mentoring Continued…

In my last blog article I touched on what mentors should be teaching everyone within their laboratory.  I would like to expand on this subject as I feel the mentor/mentee relationship is a wonderful thing, when it is done correctly.


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

Do You Have a Love /Hate Relationship With PowerPoint?

How much do you rely on Powerpoint?  How much does your team rely on PowerPoint for training and education, promotion, etc?  The more important question is do you really need PowerPoint at all.  I have been pondering this question for the past 10 years (as if I have nothing better to ...


jason.sherwin

Jason
Sherwin

Big science vs. Little science

The theme of this posting is ‘big science vs. little science.’  It is somewhat of a commentary on an April 6 article by Pete Peterson entitled, “Of Space Ships and Bullet Trains” from City Journal. In this article, Mr. Peterson highlights the trials and tribulations of funding ‘big sc...


jennyinbox

Jennifer
Reineke Pohlhaus

Why Should You Care About the Federal Budget

The best reason for caring about the Federal budget is that you are a good citizen (or permanent resident, or visa-holder).  Or, if politics doesn’t interest you in the slightest, the number one reason why you should care about the Federal budget is that the Federal government is most likely ...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

Being Entrepreneurial

I recently had the opportunity to attend a lecture entitled, "Putting Your Science to WORK: Entrepreneurship with a Little 'e.’”  Dr. Peter S.