Sometimes being a grant dependent research scientists is like….

November 3, 2015

9 Responses to “Sometimes being a grant dependent research scientists is like….”

  1. Philapodia Says:

    I think it takes a masochistic personality to be in this field, especially if you’re primarily soft-money. Perhaps we like the abuse. Seeing “not discussed” is an especially exquisite type of pain…


  2. JC Says:

    Some of my colleagues tell me you can’t let it get to you, but I can’t help but take every rejection personally. It leads to an almost constant state of depression over my chosen profession, broken up by the occasional discovery. And yet I can’t see myself doing anything else…


  3. eeke Says:

    that reminded me – the guy from Queen has a PhD in astrophysics. Brian May. It’s an impressive thing to have two separate careers and excel in both of them.


  4. drugmonkey Says:

    Tell that to Dr. Heiden or Dr. Thomas


  5. Grumble Says:

    Indeed, eeke, that’s true. Here’s another example:


  6. Nat Says:

    Hearing that Brian May had been studying for a PhD in astrophysics before Queen really took off certainly helped explain the song ’39. I can just imagine the session where he demoed it

    BRIAN: See, there’s a time dilation effect as you approach the speed of light…



  7. Philapodia Says:

    It’s all the reviewers fault, says McKnight: “My wish is that more reviewers of grant applications would, as Koshland did, put more value in unique ideas and approaches than trendiness and predictability.”

    If the riff-raff on the study section could just see past the niggling fact of flat paylines and a larger cadre of scientists than 30 years ago, they would fund real science and not the crap they are choosing now. Bunny Koshland knew how to pick real scientists, not like the losers who are beginning their careers now.

    Man, this “back in my day”/”get the hell off my lawn” crap is getting kind of stale…


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