I was recently contacted by a recruiter about a job opening. He caught me off-guard (mistake on my part) with the question, “What are your salary expectations?”Like any excellent scientist would do, rather than giving him an answer, I turned his question into another question, “Well, wha...
Each and every one of us has been mentored. We have probably experienced both good and bad mentoring and may have even had the opportunity to attempt it ourselves. Most academics do not receive formal training on how to teach or mentor effectively, and yet they are expected to do just th...
Although I decided to go for an industrial career, I still had a chance to get a taste in a national lab before I graduated. I knew I wouldn’t be working there in the future, so I took a more objective angle to look at everything there. As the saying goes, every coin has two sides. The experience ...
How much do you rely on Powerpoint? How much does your team rely on PowerPoint for training and education, promotion, etc? The more important question is do you really need PowerPoint at all. I have been pondering this question for the past 10 years (as if I have nothing better to ...
The theme of this posting is ‘big science vs. little science.’ It is somewhat of a commentary on an April 6 article by Pete Peterson entitled, “Of Space Ships and Bullet Trains” from City Journal. In this article, Mr. Peterson highlights the trials and tribulations of funding ‘big sc...
The best reason for caring about the Federal budget is that you are a good citizen (or permanent resident, or visa-holder). Or, if politics doesn’t interest you in the slightest, the number one reason why you should care about the Federal budget is that the Federal government is most likely ...