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I’m being applauded for taking parental leave, yet my partner – also a scientist – faces the usual obstacles for her maternity leave.
Most importantly: remember your audience.
Jonathan and I want to wish our readers a very happy new year. In 2016 we want to continue to expand the back and forth with readers as we compile things for our book based on Black Hole ideas and discussion. We’re delighted to be working with superstar editor Angela Jameson Potts on getting these […]
There are problems with academic science. We all know this to be true. After roughly eight years of maintaining The Black Hole blog, and three decades having experienced academic science from the ground up — as curious kids, volunteers, undergraduates and then graduate science students, postdoctoral fellows, instructors, professors, thought leaders and mentors — Dave and I have accumulated a comprehensive […]
Last week, a series of articles came out in Nature that highlighted the need for urgent change in PhD education. This is not a new call, but in one of the articles, Julia Gould does an excellent job of drawing attention to some serious efforts that are underway to both understand and address the problem. […]
We don’t know where our first impressions come from or precisely what they mean, so we don’t always appreciate their fragility. – Malcolm Gladwell To read the previous articles in this series please visit these links: The door to an academic science career – open or closed? Commencing the academic job search – impetus and […]
In my last post, I alluded to a wish list for our new government that would “inspire change across a country that has become, in international eyes, a non-supportive scientific environment.” When I began my PhD in 2003, there was much more liveliness in the science community of Canada: people had bold ideas for how to create vibrant scientific research […]
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. – Albert Einstein To read the previous articles in this series please visit the links below: The door to an academic science career – open or closed? Commencing the academic job search – impetus and deadlines […]
There has been a lot of chatter in social and news media about the recently elected Canadian Government and its “pro-science” stand. There is not one, but two, ministers who have the word science in their titles. The long-form census will be restored. Just this week, the government dropped the policy of muzzling government scientists, issuing strong statements […]
There is every reason not to pursue an academic career in science save one – that you could not, in good conscious, do anything else. — Jonathan N. Thon, PhD This is the second in a series of articles. To read the previous article, visit the link below: The door to an academic science career […]
An article came out earlier this month in the FASEB Journal (published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) that contained a somewhat shocking set of data: it turns out that the number of scientists undertaking postdoctoral research in life sciences is declining. While these data are only for the United States, they are still surprising amid […]
My purpose is not to scare you, but to summarize the reality of the present economic climate for young scientists.
After many months of consideration, Jonathan and I have finally decided to push forward with making the Black Hole blog entries into a book. The last six years have seen a steady stream of blog entries, reader comments and guest posts that have highlighted many of the major issues challenging the way our system currently […]
One of the best peer-review processes that I have experienced is one that I didn’t get a great outcome from. I was applying for one of my first research grants with the U.K. Medical Research Council and did not get an interview based on the reviews of six experts who each had read my research […]
Editor’s note: This week, we are very pleased to have a guest post from Jiro Inoue, a postdoctoral fellow at the Robarts Research Institute, Western University. He is the current vice-president, external, of the postdoctoral association at Western, and the vice-chair, operations, of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars. Dr. Inoue has shared his thoughts on […]
It’s time again for what has become (much to my dismay) an annual article series that began in fiscal year 2012 on the uncertain health of National Institutes of Health’s fiscal outlook (see 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012). Again, we find ourselves in a now common stalemate as the United States’ Senate and House Appropriations Committees […]
The summer months are often a time for reflection and it is important for us all to take stock every now and then. For many of us, this means deciding whether or not to begin a new line of work, move residence, or to spend more time with family. In this time of reflection, I have stumbled […]
This post was written with Sven Karlsson, CFA, an Energy & Technology Venture Investor with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the co-founder and chief business officer for Platelet Biogenesis. Business accelerators have become fashionable, and for good reason. They offer aspiring entrepreneurs access to expert mentors, marketing and media resources, funding opportunities, and office […]
In the spirit of openness, we need a quantifiable, binding scoring system.
This post was written with Sven Karlsson, CFA, an energy and technology venture investor with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and the co-founder and chief business officer for Platelet Biogenesis. Business accelerators have become fashionable, and for good reason. They offer aspiring entrepreneurs access to expert mentors, marketing and media resources, funding opportunities, and office […]