So first off, there’s a new blog on Scienceblogs called The Culture Dish! I didn’t actually know about this blog (*shame*), until I poked around for the frist time and realized that Rebecca Skloot is the one who’s NY Times pieces I devour with eagerness every single time. She is great, and she’s writing a cool book on the first immortal stem cell line! Gee, Rebecca, I sure would LOVE to take a look at that…when you get around to it…(pleasepleasefreebooksplease)…*ahem*. Anyway. Check out her blog.
But what I’m really here to talk to you about today is things Sci needs to know. Because Sci knows her Socrates:
Bill: So-crates – “The only true wisdom consists in knowing that you know nothing”.
Ted: That’s us, dude
So I’ll go ahead and admit that I know pretty much nothing. Well, that’s not quite true. Being that I am a grad student, I can say that I know a great deal about a very very very very tiny sliver of the universe. Very tiny. The rest, I know absolutely nothing about. And even that very tiny sliver, I’m not so sure sometimes. People say that you always feel that your least intelligent in grad school, and I would have to agree.
And so what I need from you are LINKS! I want LINKS! Links on how to get remembered by people at conferences, ask good questions at seminars, impress Dr. Bigshots with my hot science, do good job talks, look for postdocs and jobs, and generally those little science socializing things that do not come so natural to geeky ol’ Sci. I’ve found a couple of treasure troves for this stuff (like the entirety of DrugMonkey), but I would love some more advice! Advice from your personal experiences, professional guides you’ve found, anything, really. I’d like to have a place where some of this stuff is stored so I can look through it all and glean some wisdom. Public speaking I’ve got pretty well down, but if you want to put some stuff here for the good to society, by all means, please do!!
I await your advice with ill-concealed eagerness!
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