Science Policy

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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 ...


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Reineke Pohlhaus

Reading About Yourself is Weird

I’m sure many of you have written articles that have been published in journals.  That’s not weird – that’s what most of us strive for.  We are generally happy that our work is publicly acknowledged as meritorious research by our peers.


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Reineke Pohlhaus

What Can You Expect In Your First Three Months?

I’ve received a request from a reader to chat about the first three months of my job, so here it is.


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Reineke Pohlhaus

Tricks to communicating your science

According to Brian Malow, the best way to communicate your scientific results is to tell a joke.  And if your joke fails, you can always say, “that joke was endothermic – it required some input from you to make it work!          


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Reineke Pohlhaus

Should you learn another language so you can do a postdoc somewhere interesting?

Sure! But maybe there is a better reason for learning another language. Read more details below…At the Annual AAAS Meeting of 2011, I attended a seminar on Bilingualism. During the introduction to the session, we were reminded that two questions about language were part of the Top 125 questions to...


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Reineke Pohlhaus

How I did it: Changing Careers, Part II

Last time, I gave the basics about how I prepared for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship so that my application was competitive, which began my career transition into science policy.  In this post, I’d like to give you three more tips that might not have been so obvious from ...


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Reineke Pohlhaus

Moving from the Bench to Science Policy

In my last post, I talked a little bit about what science policy is, as a field.  Here, I’m going to talk about how to transition from the bench to science policy as a career.


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Reineke Pohlhaus

Your salary: $82K. Oh, wait, you’re a woman?

According to NatureJobs first ever salary and career stage survey, the average male salary is about $82,000 and the average female salary is about $70,000. 


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Reineke Pohlhaus

Money Isn’t Everything

In my last post, I wrote about the NatureJobs salary survey, and how North American women had slightly higher salaries than men at two years post degree, but lower salaries than men at all subsequent career stages.  I discussed a few reasons that could explain this data, such as taking time off...


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Reineke Pohlhaus

Science Policy: What is it?

Science policy is one of those “alternative” careers for scientists, but what is it really?  In its most simplistic sense, it is the policy around science, much the same way we think of business policy, education policy, or housing policy.  But there are also complex meanings to...