I just returned from a 9 day vacation in the Caribbean. Most of the time, we see the beautiful resorts and beaches that lure us to the islands. What we don't see is the poverty and working poor struggling to make it every day. I had the chance to talk some local merchants and they discuss...
I have become fascinated with rare and unpredictable events. My interest was triggered by the book, “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable,” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a renowned financial economist. The theory defines so called black swan events as the following (from W...
There’s a joke in the research world that you don’t submit a research proposal to NIH until you’ve already done the research. When I was a rookie in the biomedical research world, and I was told this cinema vérité version of things, I thought in typical naïveté, ‘but how do you actually ...
The Hippocratic Oath is historically taken by doctors swearing to practice medicine ethically. There is no such oath that we scientists swear, but we are expected to perform research responsibly and to publish scientific truth. As we cannot know everyone within our area of interest, gene...
As I’ve started receiving replies to my inquiries about postdoctoral positions and discussing the replies with friends, a common thing for interviews is to present your research. We shifted the conversation from the request for a presentation to what makes a presentation interesting and effe...
Facing deadlines and having to meet them starts early in life – mostly in school and mostly not that difficult to deal with because they are pretty ordinary. Besides, you and all your buddies are dealing with pretty much the same ones. No problems for years. Go to class, do the assignments, study ...
Did you ever see a pink ribbon bow design on a T-shirt, stickers on the back of a car or on a pink balloon? Did you feel overwhelmed by this pink bow? Do you know what the pink bow stands for? Yes, it represents breast cancer awareness. Today, I am going to talk about the story of pink ribbon bow.
After gathering pieces of advice from various people over the last several weeks, I’ve finally started emailing faculty members. I updated my CV, and then wrote a two-page summary of my research experience that explains my contributions to the publications listed on my CV. I also checked with seve...