Oh Thursday, you are a long, long day for me. In addition to my usual 1.5 hrs of commuting and 8 hours at my regular job, Thursdays this semester involve 3 hrs of night class1. Meaning I race home from work, grab a quick bite to eat, make sure I have everything I need for class, and then head off to campus for the evening. And I’m not home ’til about 10:30 p.m., which is my ideal – albeit rarely realized – bedtime. So that is my long-winded excuse why today’s blog posting is a link to a different blog. It’s a little blog project that my friend and colleague, Dr. Dave and I have been working on. It’s called The Black Hole, where the “black hole” in question is the postdoc (and academic life, really). We talked about such things as science funding (or lack thereof)/policy/training/communication, and scientists in nonacademic jobs. Or, as Dave put it in his inaugural posting, we talk about “what’s wrong with the scientific enterprise.” It’s not meant to be a bitch-fest, but rather a place to generate discussion about issues that we and our colleagues have faced – and hopefully some discussions on how to make the situation better. We’ve just started up, but there are a few postings up with more coming down the pipe. So if you are a scientist – or even if you are not – I encourage you to check it out!
- an aside: some of my students told me tonight in class that they’d found my blog. So, if you are reading, students – hello! [↩]