May 7, 2010
A recent notice in the NIH Guide (NOT-OD-10-089 Enhancing Peer Review: Expectation for Service on NIH Peer Review and Advisory Groups) uses a very finely crafted term:
With this new* expectation for service, the NIH thanks the many thousands of individuals who have served, or who have yet to serve, the NIH through our peer review system and other NIH Advisory Groups.
Expectation. You are expected to help with the review of grants if you are serving as the PI on a grant award from the NIH.
Candid Engineer has reached a critical turning point in the gradual maturation of a scientist from bench jockey to Principal Investigator.
I don’t know if I ever really realized that the day would come when I wouldn’t understand the details of experiments being done in my name. That at some point, my interns would be doing experiments that I can’t even pronounce, that they’d be teaching one another, without passing the information through me. That one would come to me and say, “I’ve been thinking about it, and I’m almost positive that it would be better to smash the Mango peel before adding it to the blender”. And that I’d look at him, and think “I have no fucking clue what he’s talking about because I don’t know how to operate the blender”, but somehow smile and say, “I trust you, you know what is best experimentally”
That day had better arrive or your are going to be in for a world of hurt as a lab head trying to survive and get some science accomplished.