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Nothing is sacred.
Sorry for the silence lately, but I, like everyone else I know, have been buried in grant yuck all week. The stress and my procrastinating, scatter-brained co-authors has got me thinking about the extreme arrogance of waiting until the last possible second to write something between 2 and 25 pages long asking for anywhere from $20,000 to half a million dollars. So this got me wondering, are the happier scientists the ones who thrive on staying up all night? Do the best grant writers procrastinate?
Not sure what I think about this. Check out http://www.sciencey.com/
"I am sorry to tell you that we have decided on another candidate for the position of assistant professor. We were very fortunate in having a remarkable number of excellent candidates like your self to choose from. Our final decision depended on the best fit between the candidate and the requirements and needs of our department.
An astute reader sent me this link that talks about how you get what you pay for. If something is viewed as 'cheap', then we tend to de-value it. For example, many of us would do science for free if our quality of life were taken care of (rent, food, car, health insurance, annual 2-week beach vacation). But since we're paid crap for what we do, it just makes it all the more obvious that although our labours are supposedly Valued By Society, they must not be, or we'd be paid more.
I'm going to say this once, but like most topics here, it will likely come back in a year or so when the readership has shifted.
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It's interesting that this blog has sampled the population the way my research has: some people hate me, some people don't.
Hey folks, just trying to lighten things up around here.
Oh, the people who read this blog are a laugh riot.
Whoo hoo! I actually finished something on my long list of stressful things I needed to get done.
A couple of people sent me comments, I don't know which posts they were in reference to, so I'm just going to address them here.
Yesterday, someone told me about a new, old idea. I don't know whose idea it was, and I wasn't sure how to find it online, because I don't know what it's actually called. I'm calling it a 'diminishing payscale' for discussion purposes.
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An astute reader sent me this link and I thought it might be fun to do a spin-off for the biosciences.
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Anonymous Coward, PhD (I love the PhD added on there) makes a great point by saying we're tapping into the money system too far down from the source.
Two of the 'grants' I'm applying for are actually things where it's very clear that my PI's status (by that I mean, reputation and political standing in the department) matters more than anything I could possibly do. At least, that's my impression (anyone have much experience with this? Internal funding sources?)
I was doing some brainstorming today after talking to a non-science friend. She was asking me the obvious questions:
The message from Seed inviting me to relocate, and someone's comment about becoming a shill for industry, made me realize my whole life revolves around money right now.
I was reading up on an unfamiliar field today, and many of the references came from a young, female PI at a nearby university.