In the March issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a premiere journal in my field, I read a report on publication puffery -- “Unverifiable and Erroneous Publications Reported by Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Applicants” by Simmons et al.The abstract summarizes the findings:
Mergers and acquisitions are rampant in the pharmaceutical industry. As companies consolidate and reorganize, downsizing is the norm and many talented people lose their jobs. Some will take early retirements. Some may take a break if they get severance. But...
Speaking of milestones - the oral PhD defense is one of them - and regardless of your project management skills, it’s one deadline that is likely to go wooshing by you several times. Too many variables for the best of statisticians to account for and too many to construct a research protocol witho...
One of the best ways to land a new job is through personal contacts. As a scientist in academia, you have many opportunities to forge relationships within academia through seminars, conferences and more. However, if you are interested in learning more about career opportunities outside o...
As I have previously mentioned, I am an individual member of the National Postdoctoral Association ( http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/ ), and I recently attended my third annual NPA meeting in San Francisco. This year marked the 10th annual meeting and was wonderful due to the attention to detai...
Postdocs have few years to identify career goals, strengthen CVs, and construct a professional network, all while working full time in the lab. Given the current situation in academia, most of us will end up in what used to be considered alternative careers. There is a long list of non-academic care...
Think about the last publication manuscript that you submitted on a journal website. You entered the type of article, title, author information, abstract and the manuscript files. Then there’s the other stuff that took longer than it should to figure out. I’m talking about the “names of four p...
I recently attended one of the largest conferences in my field, the Keystone meeting on NR in Whistler, British Columbia. The venue was gorgeous, there was even snowfall on the last night. In our group, the rule for conference attendance is that you can go if you have interesting data to present. Th...
In a prior post, I promised to relate my research findings on getting either a certificate or a degree in regulatory affairs. Here is what I have learned. Regulatory affairs (RA) personnel function in pharma and device companies to insure compliance with all of the regulations...