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From the mailbag: I have a Masters in Biology (from a 5 year BS/MS program) and for the past 4 years I’ve been working as a lab manager/technician. I have my own research project(s) in addition to keeping track of ordering/equipment maintenance/mouse breeding/etc. All-in-all it’s a sweet gig and I could see myself doing this…

While I’m loving @nparmalee, I thought I’d repost a short series of tweets where she asks a really good question, and one that I don’t have an answer to. There’s a lot of talk re: women in science and accepting alternate timelines, & I think this is great. I am very anachronistic. That reqs explanation…

Going paperless in academia?

A reader recently sent in the following question: Hi Ladies — I’ve been reading your blog for most of my graduate career, and am currently beginning my first post-doc position. I’ve got a question for your readers, and I’m dying to know if anyone’s really come up with a good solution for it. How can…

Another letter from my inbox: Dear Sciencewoman, 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…

Time to move hairy Ethan off the top of the page. Fortunately, there’s a couple of great questions from readers qued up in my email account. And maybe by the time they get posted, I’ll be ready to get back to my course design series. First up, loyal commenter GymLabRab wonders how to mentor a…

Reader science newbie poses a great question to me and asks for the collective wisdom of our readers: Dear Sciencewoman, I have been reading & loving you blog for some time now. Thanks! You rock! Ok, I have a question…. I have interviewed for, and been given a verbal offer for my first assistant professor…

I recently got this email from Nikitha Sambamurthy, blogger at Diff-EQ (tweeting here) and undergrad at Purdue who regularly attends my department’s seminar series. Nikitha is looking for some advice, and agreed to let me ask her question to teh blogosphere (below the fold).

In January 2008, a reader (Serious Scientist) sent me a query about dealing with inlaws who thought she should give up on her scientific career when her baby arrived. They wanted her to go to a baby shower across the country, without her husband, and she was dreading the trip and the questions and judgements…

The following email appeared in my inbox yesterday, and I thought some of you might have some more thoughts to share. Dear ScienceWoman, I recently discovered your blog, and have a question regarding academic publishing. I am just now entering a PhD. program, and plan to get married in about 2 years. Given the nature…

This is not a belated April Fool’s joke, though I’ll admit to having sat on this since Wednesday so that my readers wouldn’t think I was making this up. Here is the correspondence I found in my email account on Wednesday morning: Hi! I’ve been reading your blog now for the past 18 months- and…