Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Noteworthy posts include:
Discussion on medical writing and communications training certificates
Gloomy days at Pfizer
Cogent definition of medical communications
Some non-bland interview tips
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The Taxman Cometh
Federal taxes must be sent by mail, NC state income taxes are due 1/15/2007 but there is now a web link where you can pay your pound of flesh for a small fee. (I personally prefer making them fuss with a piece of mail and wait for a check to clear).Monica
Friday, January 05, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Unless you find a way to get drunk and dance tabletops during the talks, chances are you will only benefit by attending.
Featured panelists include:
- Moderator: John Richert, Vice President, Business and Technology Development, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
- Jeffrey Brennan, Vice President, Business and Commercial Development, Targacept, Inc.
- Paul Buckley, Global Business Development, Wyeth
- Kelley Dealhoy, Director, Global Licensing, Schering-Plough Corporation
- Walter Plunkett, Director, Global Business Development, GlaxoSmithKline
Check back here to register.
I have posted about the HBA many times, and I want to emphasize to all the female biomedical scientists out there what great networking and mentoring opportunities their RTP chapter events provide. This month's event is open to non-members and focuses on maintaining a healthy work-life balance. I don't think I will ever be convinced that this is possible as a postdoc, but I would check it out anyways.
Tuesday January 16th, 2007
NC Biotechnology Center
15 T.W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
5:30-6:30 Registration and Networking
6:30-7:00 Soup and Salad Buffet
Monday, December 18, 2006
Comment Moderation, Engaged!
News is slow given the holidays, but this forum will be updated more often after the new year. Please continue to check back!
In the meantime, if you need a sobering read, check out Peter Fiske's new science careers blog. Particularly, "Watching a Train Wreck, part 1".
Friday, December 15, 2006
All those who complete the survey by January 10, 2007 may choose to enter a prize drawing for a gift certificate worth $250 from Amazon.com.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
"One company that I know buys so many job ads that they've brought the price down on a major job posting site to as little as $5 per ad. This means, I'm afraid, that managers can run many different versions of an ad. Some companies use the job ad as a screening tool, not just to find the right candidates, but to identify the right kind of job description. "
This is an important point, and illustrative of why time spent applying online may be of limited use compared to finding ways to get your resume/CV physically in the hands of the as-of-yet unidentified hiring manager for a particular position. I will admit, the latter can feel scarier.
Mangled, tongue-in-cheek metaphors aside, there are bound to be a few extra PhD jobs in there over the next 6 years, and it is wise to watch the direction of expanding companies in the area.
Monday, November 27, 2006
This is of course a great opportunity to fuel your personal PR machine as well as build a portfolio as a budding science writer.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Where: Schiciano Auditorium of the Fitzpatrick Center at Duke University
Registration: $20 for CED members; $30 for non-members (on-site registration higher)
The goal of this month's forum is to discuss current venture capital investment trends in the biotechnology sector and to explain how the VC landscape has changed in recent years.
- Vipin K. Garg, Ph.D., President & CEO, Tranzyme Pharma
- Garheng Kong, Partner, Intersouth Partners
- Carol A. Marino, Vice President Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation
- Sherrill Neff, Managing Partner, Quaker BioVentures
- Ed Torres, Principal, Lilly Ventures
TUESDAY, November 28, 6:30–8:30 pm
Science Café is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore current topics in science and technology. Science Café programs take place in coffee shops, bars and restaurants around Raleigh.
Location: Zely and Ritz at 301 Glenwood Ave. Directions
Topic: Human Space Flight: Return to the Moon and Mission to Mars
Speakers: Dr. Fred Dejarnette and Dr. Andre Mazzoleni from NCSU Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
NASA's Vision for Space Exploration plans for a return to the moon by the end of the next decade to pave the way for eventual Mars colonization. After completing the International Space Station and retiring the shuttle fleet by 2010, humans and robotic explorers are set to work together on these new journeys.
This Science Cafe will explore the technical aspects of the human species next steps off planet earth. These steps may include following a wave of robotic probes that will prepare the way for a permanent human presence and garner the resources needed to secure the survival of our future generations.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Katey Ahmann at 919.733.7450, ext. 531. or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
(However, I do find the artwork at the head of the post very, very odd. Why is there a Rubenesque naked women in heels and men with swords and fezzes?)
Based on recent experiences, I would add the following thought:
Interviewers may ask you to interview them as their way of determining how prepared you are. This may be more likely to happen when speaking to upper management that you would not be working directly with in the job (i.e. CEO).
Trust me -- It can help to have this in mind ahead of time.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
This article goes through a bunch of common resume words and explains how these either gum-up your resume with inefficient formulations or detract from your accomplishments.
I agree that highlighting accomplishments in the clearest way possible is a good move. But the article dissuades the use of 'responsible for' because it relegates your accomplishments to a laundry list of duties. I would argue that mentioning your responsibilities can show leadership, although I am not a hiring manager.
Additionally, as far as the word 'interface' goes, I think that is a perfect, compact word for one who works with interdisciplinary teams. In fact, many bioinformaticists in industry act as liaisons between the hardcore programmers and the bench biologists. Wait, sorry, 'liaison' is bad word too....
Of course Yahoo HotJobs does not have the last say on resume advice, but it seems that there is a ton of conflicting advice out there that can really fray the nerves of job seekers. After all, we always hear how our carefully crafted applications have <45 seconds to impress hiring managers, GSK has 20K+ resumes submitted via their website a week, and improper keyword usage can cause a database to hold your resume hostage.
So I do not have any solutions, but comments on the anti-keywords are appreciated.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Due to the new affiliate membership category, everyone at the NIEHS, Duke, and UNC Chapel Hill is eligible to participate on NPA committees for free.
Individual membership for postdocs and graduate students at other locations is a low $35/year.
Having these business and leadership skills on your CV/resume can put your name to the top of the candidate list. This is a critical part of your training that is underdeveloped and underemphasized by most academic settings.
Marketing duties include:
- Create and implement new ways to draw postdocs into the NPA, particularly if they do not have a postdoc office at their institution.
- Develop and implement an Annual Marketing Plan. The marketing plan will be derived from the NPA Business Plan and the NPA Strategic Plan.
- Monitor publications and other communication vehicles for coverage of issues affecting the postdoctoral community. Seek out opportunities to respond as appropriate.
- Cultivate relationships with members of the news media, especially those serving the above audiences. Maintain the NPA Press List.
- Maintain the NPA Press Room on the NPA website.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Satisfaction Restaurant and Bar in Durham.
Look for the balloons that say 'NIEHS'. All are welcome.
Friday, November 17th 2006
Don't be shy! C'mon out and meet new people!
Organized by the NIEHS Trainees Association
UNC Chapel Hill
Join PhD scientists working in the area of science education outreach and K-12 Education for a discussion about their careers and their career path. Enjoy gourmet coffee, pastries and bagels and a panel comprised of Carla Easter, PhD, Science Education Specialist at National Human Genome Research Institute; Rochelle Swartz Bloom, PhD, Professor Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Director Pharmacology Education Partnership at Duke University; Jory Weintraub, PhD, Science Education and Outreach Manager at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center; Christine Muth, PhD, Instructor of Biology at North Carolina School of Science and Math.
Thanks to the UNC Postdoctoral Office
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
7AM - 1pm
The NC Biotech Center is hosting this event which features presentations but pharmaceutical leaders as well as newcomers to the industry.
There is no charge, but preregistration is requested.
* George B. Abercrombie, President and CEO, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.
Topic: Roche's Approach to the Bird Flu Pandemic
* Robert McMahan, Senior Science and Technology Advisor to the State of NC and Executive Director, NC Board of Science and Technology
Topic: Biotechnology Industries and North Carolina
* Indu Parikh, President and CSO, and Thomas H. Roberg, Vice Chairman and CDO, BioMarck Pharmaceuticals
Topic: Working in a Virtual Innovation Environment
* John R. Plachetka, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, POZEN
Topic: The POZEN story
* Chris Viehbacher, President, U.S. Pharmaceuticals, GSK
Topic: Changing the Healthcare Industry: Prevention, Intervention, Innovation
The speaker will be Rick L. Weddle, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation. This group oversees the future development of Research Triangle Park.
'Breakfast in the Park' seminars are held once a month and are particularly attractive to those who cannot attend other networking functions in the area due to work constraints. The breakfast costs $15 at preregistration and$20 at the door. Lectures from prior speakers are in mp3 format on the linked site.
Executive Conference Room
Dr. Terri Lehman will discuss the use of the Sequenom iPLEX system for performing multiplex SNP analysis. The use of this genotyping platform has significantly reduced the cost of SNP analysis for both large and small projects. BioServe offers high throughput SNP genotyping, and a wide range of genomic services including DNA methylation analysis.
BioServe is a small biotechnology services company located in Laurel, MD.
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006
1:00 pm - 4:30
Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC
30 employers will be exhibiting and accepting CV's/resumes.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Dr. Ted Murphy has approximately 15 years of research and regulatory experience in academia and the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to joining BioMarck, he consulted for several years for major U.S. pharmaceutical companies, was then the Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs for Cato Research, and served as Director of Regulatory at Research Triangle Institute. Dr. Murphy has led efforts that resulted in FDA approval of a biologic to treat infant botulism, a rare (orphan) disease, directed an effort that resulted in FDA approval of a new chemical entity to treat a rare gastrointestinal disease, and has submitted more than 10 successful INDs.
The seminar will be at UNC on November 15th, 4pm, Bioinformatics Bldg room #1131. This event is open to the public, so take the opportunity to meet a biotech insider!
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Registration began October 4, 2006 and ends December 3, 2006. Applications can only be submitted electronically; no other forms of submission, such as mail-in applications, will be accepted.
Instructions and eligibility requirements are provided here.
Scam Warning: DOS does not charge a fee to enter the DV lottery. A common scam is for imposter web sites or emails that charge a fee to process DV lottery applications. Scientists should always be wary of providing personal information and payment to questionable web sites or emails. A warning on imposter sites is located here.
Friday, October 20, 2006
College Teaching Resources
1) Duke has a Professional Development Center for its graduate students, which includes a teaching component. You can access the Blackboard website for the "Introduction to College Teaching" class for free (click on "Courses" and enter "gs302"), which provides course materials and assignments. Also, on the Blackboard for this class under "External Links", there are several links to help you with teaching statements/portfolios.
2) Appalachian State University has a website with resources on teaching:
3) Northwestern University has an "Online Assistance with Teaching" site at with lots of great Q&A. There is another site with links to teaching and learning resources at http://teach.northwestern.edu/links.html
4) Princeton University's McGraw Center has a website called "The Scholar as Teacher Tip Sheet" that has links to good topics.
5) Syracuse University’s Center for Support of Teaching and Learning has good links under “Resources.”
6) The national "Preparing Future Faculty" graduate programs website also has some teaching and mentoring resources.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
This month the speaker is Arles A. Taylor, Jr., a former researcher at the NIEHS. He has practiced in biotech and chemical patent law for over eleven years, and can practice for the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
He is a specialist in intellectual property issues, and I encourage anyone interested in this alternative avenue of employment to attend his lecture.
Check out the link for details!
Sunday, October 15, 2006
As a member, one is eligible to attend monthly networking luncheons and the majority of participants have advanced graduate degrees in scientific fields. This invitation to nonmembers represents an unparalleled opportunity for women in biomedical science to make new connections and find mentors outside of academia.
Approximately 30-50 individuals attend.
November 9th, 2006
Cafe Parizade of Durham
See the link for more info
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Roche Applied Science wants to know what you would do with 1 gigabase of free DNA sequencing performed on a 454 Life Sciences Genome Sequencer System. A 1000-word grant proposal is requested and the recipient would supply all samples whereas Roche would generate the data.
This is a fantastic opportunity for young scientists to attain grant writing practice as well as take a research project that extra mile. Peruse their web site for more information detailing their technology, for the applications go beyond simple PCR amplicon resequencing.
Subscribers to the print version of Science may notice that the 10/5 issue came packaged with a booklet that describes the sequencing methodology and highlights papers that relied on the technology. Recently, a sizeable chunk of woolly mammoth DNA was sequenced by this system thus invigorating the field of paleogenomics.
Proposals are due December 8th and notification of the winner will occur in January.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Participating companies include Addrenex Pharmaceuticals, Cempra Pharmaceuticals, and Vascular Pharmaceuticals. The session is moderated by Peter Johnson, CEO of Scintellix.
This is a good opportunity to take an evening and learn first hand about the real struggles of entrepreneurship as well as network with participants.
See the link above for registration.
$20 CED and NCBIO Members ($25 on-site) / $30 Non-members ($40 on-site)
Monday, September 25, 2006
The RTP EPA Networking and Leadership Training Organization (NTLO, their onsite postdoc and grad student group) is seeking members for a Co-ed kickball team as part of a local league.
Registration is approximately $40, and at least 14 committed individuals are needed to form a team.
Games would be on Tuesday nights at ~6:30-7:30.
If interested in registering, please email email@example.com by this Friday (9/29) if possible.
(but if it is Monday and you are just now reading this, email anyways!)
Thanks to Mary at the EPA for this info!
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Previous speakers have included executives from local biotech companies and consulting firms.
New RTP Interest Group: Chromosomal Biology and Epigenetics
Their kick-off event is previously posted Atlantic Coast Chromatin Conference on 9/30 at UNC.
Contact Paul Wade at the NIEHS to be added to the mailing list.
NIEHS Trainees Assembly Meeting, Friday September 29
Friday, September 29th 2006
2-3pm, Rodbell 101 B
- Presentation: Monica Horvath, NTA Chair and Debbie Swope, Office of Fellows' Career Dev.
- Comment period
- Visit NTA sub-committee tables
As an NIEHS fellow, this is your chance to
- Learn what services the NTA provides
- Communicate your needs to enrich your NIEHS experience
- Volunteer for committee work that covers a wide range of projects
Participation looks fantastic on your CV/resume and builds your network!
"The Carolina Student Biotechnology Network (CSBN) is a non-profit, student organization promoting career development, education, entrepreneurship, and industry outreach. Our mission is to host events and provide services that allow members to explore and pursue careers in the life science industry.
While based at UNC-Chapel Hill, membership is open students and postdocs at all regional universities/institutions, as well as industry professionals. CSBN hosts numerous events throughout the school year such as a monthly seminar series, lunch with industry professionals, social events, and much more. If you are at all interested in CSBN, we encourage you to visit our website ( www.carolinabiotech.org) and sign up to become a member (membership is free). As a member you will receive email updates regarding all CSBN events, as well as the CSBN Access newsletter featuring profiles of regional companies, news regarding relevant events in RTP, and more. Provided there is sufficient interest from students/postdocs at other area universities, we will attempt to host some future CSBN events at those schools."
Much thanks to Justin Brown, UNC, CSBN Executive Committee
Dave has recently composed a comprehensive FAQ that not only summarizes answers to some of the most common questions, but links the relevant discussion threads as well.
Some great entries include:
"My postdoc is not working out. My project does not seem to be going well, or I am not getting along with my PI. Should I leave?"
"How will my career be affected if I do a second postdoctoral fellowship?"
"Should I take a job as a research assistant professor?"
"What do I need to know to interview successfully by telephone?
"What do I do if they ask me about my salary expectations?"
"How do I work with a recruiter to advance my career? Who should pay a recruiter's fees?"
"How do I identify the hiring manager?"
"What other options are available if I have a PhD in the sciences but do not wish to work at the laboratory bench?"
The opinions are varied and included people from wide range of perspectives. With the data available forum-wide, Dave could really compose a fantastic book that should be put in the hands of every aspiring or practicing scientist.
Check it out!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
David Clayton, VP and CSO of Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Speak at NIEHS
"Mammalian Mitochondrial DNA Replication: What We Know"
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
10:00 - 11:00AM
Rall Bldg. Rodbell ABCDavid A. Clayton, Ph.D., is the Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Prior to joining HHMI, he was a professor of both pathology and developmental biology at
Monday, September 18, 2006
Although the list of participants local to RTP is lackluster (I believe most of our local museums are free already!), perhaps you will be in another part of the country that day or could share this with friends and relatives.
Being from Pittsburgh, I could spend days as a college kiddo in the fantastic Carnegie Museums, but those were definitely not free. On the 30th, however, they will be.
If so, SBIR/STTR grant workshops will be held in Wilmington, Charlotte, and Raleigh in October. These federal grants provide seed money for research-based businesses and have marked the beginning of many R&D companies. The workshop provides a program overview, information on forming a SBIR/STTR-eligible company, and practical advice from awardees.
The flyer can be found here.
You may not be aware that the State of North Carolina runs a program that will match 75% of phase I funding (feasibility research). In the past, NC has also created an incentive program where one could request reimbursement for a portion of the costs incurred in preparing a SBIR/STTR application. Although the incentive program has not been announced for the 2006-2007 application cycle, the website cryptically states:
"The Board has authorized the publication of a Notice of Solicitation for Grant Applications under the North Carolina SBIR/STTR Incentive Program for FY2006-2007."
So perhaps that is a good sign.
Note: The above event is focused towards those applying to the DOD (Department of Defense) program. A workshop will be held on 10/24 at UNC Charlotte geared towards NIH applications, and it will feature Jerry Heindel, a Scientific Program Administrator at the NIEHS.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
From CSBN's website:
"Lesa Mitchell is a vice president with the Kauffman Foundation. The Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. The vision of the Kauffman Foundation is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. In service of this vision, and in keeping with our founderÂs wishes, the Foundation focuses its grant making and operations on two areas: advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth."
Thursday, September 07, 2006
- Universities produce PhD's at a rate that far exceeds the availability of jobs, and the academic culture clings to this status quo since it generates highly skilled hands available at low cost.
- Most graduate programs are completely ineffective in training students for alternative careers.
- Particularly problematic is the rise of 'superpostdoc' positions, funded by soft money, that are marketed with an unofficial promise of a tenure track position. When this later comes up short, these Research Assistant Professors can find themselves painted as 'too academic' for industry.
- The employment prospects of the average postdoc are tragically comic in light of the heavily bemoaned need for a fatter scientist pipeline.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Society (GEMS) 24th ANNUAL FALL MEETING, Thursday October 26th, 2006
“Oxidative Stress and Damage”
100 Friday Center Drive (off of Hwy 54 East), Chapel Hill, NC
So the interesting thing here is that there is a $1000 best talk prize as well as $250 for the best poster within the following participation groups: Technician, grad student, 1st or 2nd year postdoc. This money can be used to travel to a conference of your choice!
Early registration can be done until 9/25 and the fee is $10-$60 depending on your status.
If you have not done so already and you work at the NIEHS, *please* fill out this 5 minute survey on the effectiveness of your IT support. An outside reviewer is evaluating the cost and quality of computer services here at the NIEHS, and this is *the* time to get your comments heard.
Although I have heard some complain that no one will listen to the results which would make participation moot, it really takes only a few minutes and this gives you the structural foundation for your soapbox the next time you encounter aggravation.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Thanks to Becky for the link
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The RTP Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association is a new and fantastic place to connect with established professionals from all over the Triangle. The membership roster is quite varied and includes CEO's, scientists, clinicians, consultants, medical writers, managers --essentially anyone who works in the local biomedical arena. These are primarily networking events with a dinner and speaker. Registration is open to non-members at a slightly increased cost.
The Art of Getting What You Want: A Woman's Guide to Negotiating Everything Better
Join us as Lee Miller, Senior Consultant with The Cabot Advisory Group and the Managing Director of NegotiationPlus.com, talks with HBA members and guest on "The Art of Getting What You Want." You don't want to miss the opportunity to learn Lee's groundbreaking tactics, techniques and proven strategies that tap into your innate abilities to convince, collaborate and create. Whether asking for a promotion or negotiating with your clients and vendors, Lee Miller will show you how.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Contact Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about the HBA.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Parallels Between Human and Mouse Lung Cancer
EPL is a local CRO that works with the NTP here at NIEHS. Since we schedule only a few non-academic seminar speakers, this is a good opportunity to meet Dr. Houle and ask about life at a CRO.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Thanks for the link, Becky!
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
November 1 - 5, 2006
Abstract deadline has been extended to September 1, 2006
Topics include: -Metabolic and Insulin Resistance Disorders, NRs in Heart and Muscle Disease, Nuclear Receptors in Cancer, Nuclear Receptors in Inflammation, Nuclear Receptor Architecture & Designer Drug, Estrogen Action & Disease, NRs in the Brain
November 15 - 18, 2006
Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2006
This meeting will focus on the opportunities presented by the growing contribution of emerging genomic information and technologies to interdisciplinary approaches in the study of variable responses of humans to drugs and toxic agents, and how research may benefit the individual. The meeting will provide an in depth focus on diverse areas including the biochemistry and physiology of drug action, uptake and metabolism, and how this is affected by genetics; the opportunities for discovery and design of new therapeutic agents; personalizing medicine; understanding and managing adverse drug reactions; the impact of academic and commercial initiatives; ethical, legal, regulatory and social consequences of genetics applied to medicines.
NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES: BIOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS
November 30 - December 3, 2006
Abstract Deadline: September 15, 2006
Proposed Topics: Triplet Repeat Diseases, Tauopathies, Synucleinopathies, Cerebral Amyloidoses, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration, Current Therapies and Prevention, Cell and Gene Transfer
Genetics, Genomics & Patient Selection, Innovative Clinical Study Design
Thanks to Debbie Swope
Science Magazine Seeks Your Opinions on Authorship Issues!
A reporter for Science Magazine, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee , is seeking personal stories from postdocs regarding the unique challenges associated with obtaining credit as an author for papers developed in collaboration with a supervising Principal Investigator and other colleagues. If you would be interested in sharing your story (confidentiality may be granted), please contact: email@example.com.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
New NIEHS-Sponsored Chromatin Conference, September 30 2006
Saturday, September 30
Keynote Speaker, Dave Allis
Mitch Smith, John Lucchesi, Yi Zhang, Trevor Archer
Karen Adelman, Beth Sullivan, Greg Crawford
Registration is FREE. To register, send an email to Kristine White ().
Posters from symposium participants are welcome. If you are interested in presenting a poster, please email the name of the poster presenter, the names of all other contributors, and the title of the poster to Kristine White ()
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
From the Wesleyan Argus, 2/10/2006
"Ted Johnson, in a monastic costume, portrays Gregor Mendel exuberantly.... A large box-like structure covered in a gauzy fabric encloses Johnson for a time on stage. When he leaves it, he engages it in a dance that evokes the feeling of witnessing an internal dialogue in the scientist's mind that gives birth to his discoveries in heredity.... Another "character" used to explain factual information is the flamboyant Miss TATA. Unlike Mendel, Miss TATA is completely fictional; her name is a play on a particular sequence of DNA. As Miss TATA, Elizabeth Johnson mischievously tantalizes the audience as a dominatrix of DNA and cell life. With a flourish of her whip, Miss TATA explains how she turns cells on, provoking the biological processes that determine how our bodies work. She excitedly explains the magic of cell activity, even embracing death."
Duke tickets can be purchased at:
Sunday, August 13, 2006
While this may insult many of us to our scientific core, such views and the scientific misunderstandings that create them must be addressed if we are preserve wide-ranging public support for research activities.
AAAS, the publisher of the renown Science magazine, has released The Evolution Dialogues which stands up evolutionary theory against comments from its detractors. Its goal is to educate both sides to each other's views and find common ground for discussion.
You may find this book a useful study piece to bolster your own conversations. It costs only $11.95 with shipping.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
a) Novartis is opening a vaccine plant in Holly Springs, NC to create 350 jobs. Although such facilities often don't do the basic research that creates a relatively large number of PhD jobs, there have got to be a few forthcoming, right? :)
b) BioSpace will be holding another career fair on November 15th in Durham at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel. I will post to our event calendar once more details are available.
c) The NC legislature voted to revive the SBIR/STTR small business grant matching program. They also increased funding to the NC Biotech Center, who says they will put the money towards things such as training programs and small business loans.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
As a postdoc, this is your primary advocacy group. Members have access to resources providing news, toolkits, commentary, and career advice. The NPA in particular focuses on leadership development and is a great way to take that first step towards career-relevant activities away from the bench.
Location: Natcher Conference Center, NIH Bethesda Campus
This year Dr. Elias Zerhouni (Director of NIH) will be giving the opening address! All attendees of the Job Fair need to plan to be at the opening address (10:30-11am).
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Welcome to the RTP Postdocs Blog!
Please check back often-- we will be starting up a yahoo or google calendar of events as well.