I’ll post a photo later, once I’ve found the cable that hooks up the other camera to the computer. For your reading pleasure this lunchtime, a list of links.
Over at The Spandrel Shop on Scientopia, Proflikesubstance has a nice post “What can and can’t you expect from your trainees?” It’s from the North American point of view but is a nice post and subsequent discussion on what PI/supervisors can expect from PhD students and postdocs. I agree with most of it to a point and so to write a longer post would mainly be to reiterate the points already made from a UK point of view. That seems pointless. FemaleScienceProfessor has a nice post on the same topic but asking trainees more directly about their opinions on certain issues like whether your PI/supervisor gets tenure/contract renewed.
If you were under any misconceptions about life as an academic, DrugMonkey clears it up “Being a PI ain’t all unicorns and rainbows…just like most actual jobs“. Yes, really, some people did think that a tenure track/junior academic post would be the solution to all of their problems.
At Reciprocal Space on Occam’s Typewriter, Stephen Curry has an excellent post on current/recent developments in the UK funding system. ” The shove that dare not speak its name” is a pretty good summary of how things are at the moment and a nice discussion on what excellence in research is and could be. There may be a post brewing in my head on the topic but some of the issues are difficult to rationalise without a great deal of context.
Bad Project has done the rounds over the weekend but for anyone who’s missed it, CarbonBasedCuriosities has it. Yes folks, its a Lady GaGa lab spoof!
Apparently it isn’t just homework and assignments that bring out the odd excuses from people: NIH grants do to. VWXYNot (also Occam’s Typewriter) describes a recent email from NIH (NIH cracks down on “the dog ate my email” excuses) on various excuses not to use when likely to miss a grant deadline.