Reading papers is part of the job, but keeping up with the literature can feel overwhelming sometimes. If you’re developing a sense of dread for that stack of papers on your desk, it’s time to learn some shortcuts that will get you up to speed.
Great science speaks for itself, right?
So the next time you need to give a lab meeting or seminar, just drop a couple of figures into the prettiest PowerPoint template you can find.
Make sure to take detailed bulleted notes so you won’t forget anything!
And if you’re feeling cheeky, add one of those cool boomerang animations with a star wipe to get the audience’s attention on slide 28. People love that!
If you are a scientist, then I know a little something about your personality. Almost by definition, you are curious about the world. And I’ll bet that extends beyond your particular laboratory or field of research. If there’s something intriguing and knowable, you want to know it.
Well, we are scientists too, and sometimes we get carried away.
Choosing a lab for your graduate or postdoc research is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Most people read papers and abstracts to find the coolest science. Or they favor the big labs with lots of people and solid funding.
But those features can distract you from the real secret of scientific success.
If you have kids, you’ve experienced “the time shift.”
Where you used to have hobbies, you now have a drive to soccer practice. Where you used to have dinner out, you now have dinner, dishes, bath-time, stories, and bedtime, IN.
And where you used to stay late in the lab to finish an experiment, you now rush out at 5 to avoid the late fee at daycare.