CVs and Faculty Searches

October 31, 2007

Young Female Scientist has another interesting post up, one concerning the use of CVs in the evaluation of applicants for academic PI positions. Her basic point is that an applicant’s publication record is, at best, an incomplete basis for predicting future success as a PI and, at worst, a misleading basis.

This is absolutely correct. But let’s unpack this conclusion, as I think it will be informative for trainees to get a better sense of what search committees think as they look at CVs and publication records.

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Manuscripts and Mentors

October 30, 2007

Post-doc Young Female Scientist has an interesting new post up about her efforts to get a manuscript published, and the role of her mentor in this process. She writes:

Submitted paper with overly grandiose claims to a journal where it wouldn’t get in, based on overly optimistic advice of well-meaning PI.

Predictably, paper did not get in.

In terms of where to submit a paper, it is almost always best to first submit to a journal that seems like a “stretch”. There are a number of reasons for this. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hypomotivated Trainee

October 28, 2007

We have been asked by an interested reader to address the topic of “The Hypomotivated Trainee”. Here are my thoughts, from the perspective of the PI.

As a preliminary matter, it is key to recognize that motivation is not just a matter of quantity, but also quality. Post-doctoral and graduate trainees are not only different in how much they are motivated, but also in the nature of their motivations. Read the rest of this entry »

Okay, in my first post on this Watson affair, I was thinking, why pile on this senile old goat for his racist beliefs about the intelligence of an entire continent of people? Do some good locally was my thought. ‘Course I couldn’t help sneaking in another oblique one (Hey, at least it had some science in it!). However a recent comment on Zuska’s post brings me up short: Read the rest of this entry »

Manly? or Self-Sufficient?

October 24, 2007

Are you chock full of Manly Man type skills? Or are you merely Self-Sufficient? Chad of Uncertain Principles posts the meme and says:

…so here’s the proposed game:

Go through both lists, and determine how many of the listed skills you can claim. Compare the fractions to see if you’re more of a ManlyMan or a Self-Sufficient Adult.

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SfN07: The Wild Fires

October 23, 2007

I should have expected this. The search engine hits for various combinations of “San Diego”, “Fire”, “SFN”, “Society for Neuroscience” are starting to hit the blog. There does not appear to be anything posted at the official SfN 2007 website so I’ll try to relate anything I know that’s relevant to the meeting here. I imagine things will be changing rapidly in these early days of the fires. Read the rest of this entry »


October 22, 2007

We’re on fire again in San Diego County. I won’t bother with the links, you can find them anywhere. We went through this in fall of 2003 with the Cedar fire, same thing really. In fall we get “Santa Ana” conditions where the winds whip up in the desert, roar west through the mountains and create hot and dry climate for a few days or a week. If we get a random campfire escape, tossed ciggie, sparks from a draggin’ muffler (really!) or powerline downing…conflagration. Read the rest of this entry »