Category Archives: Reflective


I have to admit, I was a bit nervous as I walked up to Quality Social. My first (on-line) encounter with fellow science blogger Tideliar was a little intimidating.

I walked in and asked the hostess where the ‘SfNBanter’ party was and she pointed me to the left by the bar. I seen Doc_Becca first and I recognized Tideliar right way. His hair was the give-away and he looks better without the shades…

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Oh, ok. Got it. :)

I originally started a blog so that I could be more involved in the neuroscience community and to share in an open discussion about current papers and topics. Specifically, I wanted critical feedback on my scientific writing.

Done and done… I definitely came to the right spot. While I am slightly flattered that some thought my few posts could single-handedly serve as a the “front for Vandy’s career development training program” I mostly consider this a cue to be more transparent in my approach and intentions.

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A lot has changed from 20 years ago when it was considered a sin to even think about at career outside of the research university.  Today, nearly 70% of bioscience PhDs are employed in non-faculty position. The symposium was developed … Continue reading