Archive for: February, 2017

Link love #7

Feb 26 2017 Published by under Link love, work-life balance

Oops a week without any other posts than this one, even though the discussion about workload in academia made me want to write a post, my workload outside academia prevented me from that. Which was kind of the point of the post that I had in mind, ironically.

Here are this week's links:

Office politics are things too

Feminism and fragility

Tips on asking questions after a talk

Women aren't failing at science - science is failing women

Black history month and the importance of mentors

Great illustrations highlighting lack of diversity from UN Women Egypt



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Link love #6

Feb 19 2017 Published by under Link love

Climate changes: how can we make people feel welcome in academia? New blog!

How the battle lines over CRISPR were drawn with a nice visual of the patent landscape around CRISPR.

It's a beautiful child, why did he die? The English translation of the AAAS Kavli award winning Dutch article.

Time-to-credit inequities of first-year PhD students in the biological sciences.

Academic "freedom".

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Things nobody has ever said to me

Feb 18 2017 Published by under new job, postdoc, science, women in science

"Thank you for not taking a vacation but coming in to do extra work".

"Wow such impressive work that you submitted a fellowship application 3 weeks after giving birth" (even though I did not get this grant in the end).

"Thanks for checking your email continuously on the day in the week that you're not working (and hence are not being paid)".

"What dedication that even though you have quit your post-doc job and have 3 weeks of vacation days left, you're still coming in to finish these experiments that you're doing".

JustĀ a selection of things that nobody has ever said to me, ever. And this is (finally) making me realize that whenever you go this extra mile for work, you should do it for you and not to get external validation or praise. Because people tend to not see this effort that you put in in these invisible moments, while at the same time this effort may seem very large to yourself.

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Link love #5

Feb 13 2017 Published by under blogging, Link love

Back with some link love. Albeit not entirely weekly and not a lot of links either. Still getting my ass kicked by tons of work and things for the new house that occupy my mind.

The normalization of human wickedness and our only effective antidote to it.

The Ivanka Trump brand's supply chain is seemingly untraceable

Wait, do ESTA visitors to the US also have to disclose their social media passwords? (spoiler: maybe, I don't know, the article doesn't say and this seems clickbait.)

The relative size of US government agency budgets.

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"Keep up with the post-doc. Don't stop till you get a job."

Feb 10 2017 Published by under Academia, blogging, postdoc

Well, my good intentions to do a weekly link love and blog more often kind of went down the drain last week. I got sick and am slightly overwhelmed by the combination of working, the new work thing and our new house which is almost ready (aaaahh we need to make the final decisions on the kitchen, we need to get quotes from movers, [insert rest of a lengthy to do list], aaaahh!).

So in the meantime, I just want to amuse you with this Michael Jackson song that I misheard the lyrics of yesterday when we were making decisions about with kitchen countertop we wanted. I'm clearly not the first one who misheard this.

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The ever-returning dilemma on work-life balance

Feb 03 2017 Published by under Decisions, work-life balance

Yesterday I was chatting with a colleague who has 2 small children. We started around the same time and have both been evaluated pretty positively since we joined the company. At the end of the year I got the opportunity to do a new work thing and I accepted this even though I'm now realizing that I am really working at the limits of how much work I can do. She got the same offer and declined. With a heavy heart because it was something that she wanted but with kids that are smaller than mine (and sleeping very unpredictably) she was afraid she would disappoint people because of not being able to deliver what people expected. And because she was afraid she would be exhausted literally all the time.

I've made similar choices when my kids were babies (and am actually still making this choice by officially working 4 days a week instead of 5). But I also realize that declining such an offer before even trying means that perhaps you're missing out on something that could have worked out. But I can also definitely see that the prospect of being exhausted/underperforming makes you opt out. And I'm guessing there's probably a gender difference here. And a bit of perfectionism?

Have you declined opportunities because you were afraid they would be too taxing?

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