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So What Are You Going To Do With That? : Part 1

The title of this blog series is taken from a book authored by Drs. Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius. It is a real-time depiction of my thought process and actions towards selecting a potential career after PhD, more specifically ACADEMIC vs. NON-ACADEMIC positions. I would not be able to give you ...


Individual Experiences in America

As a lawyer, I not only advise clients on the fastest, cost effective path to U.S. immigration, but many times over the course of a case, it becomes necessary to help a client with matters more personal and emotional.  Because U.S. immigration can be a lengthy process for many, I may meet a cli...


Genomics Training Workshops for Life Scientists

The tools and techniques associated with large-scale nucleic acid sequencing have become integral to research in fields from medical forensics to industrial food processing. Increasingly, life sciences investigators need a basic familiarity with the terminology and concepts of genomics and bioinform...


How to Deal With Cultural Changes

The famous “American Dream,” along with many stories of success, have attracted talented people to the U.S. as the best place for scientists in the world.  I believe many PhDs who are seeking further career development and successful lives are from different countries. I am also from a coun...


The What’s In a Name Game

How to play it and win.  If you are looking for a change or have to change, and have identified some places that are “looking for a few good people,” what it comes down to is finding out who in the company are doing the looking, getting their attention, and then convincing them that they ne...


Foreign researchers at the NIH

The NIH, one of the world’s foremost medical research centers, is an agency of the US government, but it is also a very international workplace. According to the Division of International Services (DIS) at the NIH, approximately 2,000 scientists from other nations conduct research in the basic and...



Over the past few years I have heard people comment, “I am Type A, so you know what that means...” and apparently that should excuse whatever it is that they just said or did.  My basic understanding of this concept is that Type A individuals are high strung, while type B are more laid back...


Science Experts Let Your Voices Be Heard

Lately, much has been made of the issues in Japan dealing with nuclear power generation and safety.  Meanwhile, approximately 20% of United States power generation portfolio is composed of nuclear sources.  In deciding where you stand on nuclear energy, it is very important to keep things ...


Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: Sometimes They Just Screw Up

The theme of this posting is ‘sometimes they just screw up.’  It’s about the students – or otherwise, underlings - who will at some point in your career work for you. They will be doing the things you’ve done, or the things you don’t want to do. But they are expected to do it just a...


Networking at Scientific Conferences

There have been some great posts here about networking. Here, we’ll focus specifically on networking at scientific conferences.