So a while back I wrote about an arduino-based iPod testing system for operant conditioning. I alluded to the existence of a paper that came out within this last month that provides a software to run iPad and iPod testing systems using parts from aftermarket operant chambers. … More Recycle Your Old iPad … for Behavioral Neuroscience!
So this perspective comes out of the numerous twitter conversation about the culture so the science online conferences, particularly as pertaining to the focus on alcohol consumption. At the outset I need to make a few things clear: I am not a teetotaler. Few things in this world are better than a well aged Cabernet Sauvignon or a Rye Whiskey. But I did grow up in Utah as part of the LDS culture. This shapes my perspective on the world and provides me an insight into a different way to view a range of topics. Also, I am not in favor of any blanket bans of alcohol at conferences or scientific meetings, I just think there is a nuance people miss at times.
So this is new for me, I am explicitly going to talk about a paper of mine that was just accepted for publication. Among other things I have been learning in my foray into writing a blog is that it is _critical_ that we be able to speak about our own research, along with what interests us most about the research others are doing.
So I have been thinking a lot lately when putting in applications for faculty positions about what it exactly is that I truly want out of life at this point. Do I want the classic tenure track job that we are all coveting where I get to train a progeny of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows? Do I want to go to a smaller university where I can focus on students and have an army of undergraduates with whom I can mentor in science? Do I want to go to a small state college and truly lean into the student centered approach?If you have been reading this blog or follow me on twitter than you know I have increasingly become vehement in my stance regarding the importance of mentorship as part of any PIs future plans.
I have been thinking about mentoring a lot in my decisions concerning my future as a professor and teacher within science. For one school application they asked that I write a 2 page essay on my multicultural experiences. At first I though this was a silly exercise, but I realized that it was not only something that demanded my attention, but also something I have experience with. I have worked with a lot of students from difficult social and economic situations, so I have a soft spot for those students-and I have learned how to help them reach their potential. … More As a Mentor You can Change Students Lives. Remember That.