Another letter from my inbox:
I am a mom of 3 just starting my own lab. I have been thinking hard about how to recruit good postdoc talent despite the fact that I have no track record as an independent investigator. And then I remembered an article about an organization to help mentors and mentees who would like to return to science after a break (for taking care of children, family, whatever) to find each other. I was psyched about using such an organization because juggling three kids during my training taught me pretty quickly that productivity is often more about motivation than hours at the bench. And because my model system is flexible and suits working parents. Now neither I, nor many of my colleagues who also saw the article, can find anything about it! In my searches I ran across your reply with regards to being a part-time postdoc and was hoping perhaps you may succeed where we have failed? It’s been disheartening that I can find so little, in general, on this subject.
Brand-spanking-new prof searching for talent
P.S. The craziest thing is that I thought it was a woman who is a Macarthur fellow that started the idea, but even with that lead I haven’t been able to find out more. Hopefully someone out there can help.
Can I call you Spanky for short? 😛
Off the top of my head, I have no idea what organization you describe, but it sounds awesome! I sure would love to know what it is. It doesn’t like geoscience is your field, but the Association for Women Geoscientists offers small scholarships for women who have left school or the workforce and are now trying to return to or complete school. That’s a great program, but not at all what you were describing.
Maybe my readers can help, because they are amazing with the resources. Readers?