This is a guest post by Stefanie Robel, PhD.
Most of my academic career I have been working toward big longterm goals: my masters degree, my first paper, my PhD, the next position, a Nature paper, a transition into independence grant, the next paper. The list continues… The job as a research scientist is characterized by long streaks of work, seemingly without reward. Oftentimes, we experience a series of setbacks before we advance our projects in meaningful ...(read more)
In this work, I see all kinds of crazy things. I label them as crazy not because I want to make judgement. I call them crazy because they lead to consequences that are at odds with the pronounced goals that people have for themselves.
So, let’s say, for example, that someone pronounces: “I want to learn how to get more grants funded.”
Then let’s say that they take it to the next logical step: “I’m going to pursue some training on this!”
Yay! ...(read more)
A few days ago, I got this email:
The very same day, I got an email from someone else, which I’ve excerpted parts of here
“I been a virtual attendee for a number of your past webinars, and have appreciated the insights you’ve shared. I have been looking for success in a new research area, and it has been elusive because it is novel, innovative and pushes the envelope…
“So, I did the best I could to incorporate your themes and messages and recently ...(read more)