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What do dance and science have in common? What makes a successful choreographer or scientist? In this post, I speculate about the bitterness of the academic dance for survival. The academic competition is cruel and uneven. The fittest may not survive, but the bitterest thrive.
Read the full story in my recent post at Academia Obscura http://www.academiaobscura.com/academia-survival-of-the-bitterest/
|CREDIT: Hal Mayforth|
In the third year post doctorate, I wrote a lot about these topics: How doctors sweat to discover traditions of the first nations; What to look for in mentoring? Finding the Evidence for Talking Therapies; My First Week in the Addiction Research Paradise; How to go about getting a postdoc position?; How mentoring can help transitions in academia; The best time for writing; Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards for Irish researchers; How to addess a Training Gap through Addiction Research Education for Medical Students; Mobility is part of research job description;ion; How attractive are you for postgraduate students? How to build research leaders and supervisors; ; The Annual Symposium of the Society for the Study of Addiction 2013; Re-entry shock; Saying bye slowly makes parting easier; .
This was difficult. At times, I honestly have not been honest. I’ll keep at it.
The pilot trial is finished. First, we wrote down our plan, a cook book for making this trial. Second, we developed and pilot tested a workshop which was later used as part of the experimental intervention. The controls received the intervention with a delay. Third, we measured the status at baselineto set up our starting point. Watch this space for more about the trial results.
My junior colleagues from the pilot trial helped me to learn how to be a better team player.
I had the honour to co-supervise a group of three gifted postdocs and several medical students. Two of them moved for work or study to UK. I’m grateful for the learning that workingwith them brought me.
At the time when I wrote that, I realised that I took on too much. In the past year, life and family brought new challenges and I needed to split my time between them. Integrating my scientist and artist careers was another chance to learn the balancing act.
“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of sh…t, I try to put the sh…t in the wastebasket.” Hemingway
|Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.