Neurotopia

Archives for July, 2008

Worthless grant review comments

We’ve all had that R21 or R03 come back with completely useless comments. Months and months of work, hours or weeks spent in the lab collecting that preliminary data (which is supposedly unnecessary for those R21s). More time spent waiting and waiting. Revisions. Resubmissions. The same useless comments back to you. Come on. We all…

My first 5K

Normally I don’t run for any sort of competitive purpose. Ok, so I’ve never run for any sort of competitive purpose. I took the opportunity this time, though, so that I’d have other runners to help me push my pace. I’m pretty out of shape right now but I can still do a 7:30 minute…

I’m going to try to review a movie without discussing the plot much. Last night we trudged out to the theater at midnight for the first screening of the new Batman flick The Dark Knight. I went in with high expectations given the stellar cast, but a bit nervous about Heath Ledger in his role…

I teach class as an adjunct at the local community college from MTWTh, from 1-3 pm. Today I’m giving an exam over evolution and biotechnology. The last exam was pretty rough. I made one that would’ve been tough for biology majors but this is a nonmajors course and the students don’t have as much background.…

Summer session’s almost over???

I’ve been enjoying my first teaching gig at the local community college. The students are plenty bright and have taught me quite a bit as well. Although they definitely didn’t like the midterm… I’ll probably start talking a bit about my experiences, and about my job prospects in this transitional career mode. There are more…