How Scientists See Each Other

August 10, 2011

A visual depiction across the training stages. This is absolute truth.
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16 Responses to “How Scientists See Each Other”

  1. JohnV Says:

    The Eye or Mordor is looking at me right now through the giant window in her office. Time to pick up a pipettor.


  2. Dr Becca Says:

    So, so true, but the Eye of Sauron is without question the most on-point of the bunch.


  3. DrugMonkey Says:

    C’mon now Dr Becca, you are one of us now..


  4. The african slave analogy seems a little much, but the technician perception of trainees as unruly schoolchildren is totally true.


  5. El Picador Says:

    Funny that you do not find the PI view of undergrads as sexualized cheesecake similarly jarring, Comrade!


  6. becca Says:

    Postdoc x Postdoc sonfuses me.


  7. Eric Lund Says:

    Picador @5: The image may be a jarring way of putting it, but PIs know that program officers (at least at NSF) like to see undergraduate trainees supported by their grants. At least I hope that’s what the guy who made this poster meant (these days, professors aren’t supposed to date their students, though I’m sure it happened in earlier, less enlightened days).
    Becca @6: The postdoc is the donkey at the front of that cart, and the cargo is his workload.
    The one that I don’t get is Technician-Technician, because I don’t recognize the person in that photo. Is he somebody I should have heard of, or does he just represent an average Joe?


  8. dsks Says:

    The gagwas eliciting a mild smirk and not much more until I got to the bottom right picture of Chuck Norris. That pretty much broke me.


  9. ElectroFizzz Says:

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! (yes…I’m yelling)


  10. technician with baby Says:

    I love the image of the technician holding the baby undergraduate. It brings me memories of my first fellowship in a lab where my first mentor was a lovely technician, transiently in the lab, as she was preparing herself to go into medical school. She was the most competent trainer in all molecular techniques; on weekends she showed me around beautiful places and made me feel an American when I was not one. Beverly is now a prominent Rehabilitation Medicine physician. I was her baby and I loved her ways of interacting and doing science.


  11. DrugMonkey Says:

    For Eric Lund and other under-rock dwellers


  12. DrugMonkey Says:

    Doesn’t anyone find it fascinating (and truthy) that postdocs are the only ones who do not value techs?


  13. Barn Owl Says:

    @ #11 DrugMonkey – After I’d finished describing the impaired induction and experience of fear in the patient with progressive focal bilateral amygdala damage (due to Urbach-Wiethe disease, and reported by Feinstein et al. recently in Current Biology), one of the medical students asked whether Chuck Norris had the same disorder. We all had a good larf.


  14. fontgoddess Says:

    I think the post-doc values the tech, I read it as a gossip/friendship thing.
    I will note that this chart applies to research-focused humanities as well.


  15. Grumble Says:

    I see my tech less like a genie (or Chuck Norris) and more like this guy.


  16. kiwi Says:

    I’d replace chuck Norris with McGyver. That ;s more how our techs are.


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