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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 perils of PhDs

ScienceGrandma pointed me to this recent article in the Wall Street Journal. It’s titled “So You Want to Be a Professor?” but I think it should have been called “The Perils of a Ph.D.” The article begins by citing some examples of graduate schools that are reducing admissions of PhD applicants for next year, in…

Optimizing publications for a Ph.D. student

New blogger Mrs. Comet Hunter is in the latter stages of her Ph.D., and she’s at the stage of trying to figure out how to break her work out into discrete publishable chunks. She recently wrote a post about the topic, and she sent me an email to ask some related questions. With her permission,…