May 2013

Alan Dove, Ph.D.

Born into a family of scientists and teachers, Alan Dove gravitated naturally into research. After earning a Bachelor's degree in biology from Towson State University in Maryland, he pursued - and with considerable effort, got - a Ph.D. in microbiology from Columbia University in New York. He did a short stint as an editorial intern in the Nature America offices while writing his thesis, then declared himself a freelance science journalist.

Patrick L. Sheets, Ph.D.

Dr. Patrick L. Sheets earned his B.S. (General Health Sciences) and M.S. (Toxicology) from Purdue University. In 2007, Sheets received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis where he was trained in the disciplines of electrophysiology, signal transduction pathways, and drug-channel interactions.

Lee Bishop, Ph.D.

Dr. Lee Bishop was born and raised in Ohio, where he developed a fascination for natural phenomena like rocks, minerals, dolphins, and clouds. He received his informal artistic training at art-school parties in Cleveland (B.S., 2005, CWRU) and formal scientific training at nerd-parties in Berkeley (Ph.D., 2010, UC-Berkeley).


Contributed by Brian (May 10, 2013) | When I hear the word balance, I immediately think of a seesaw. For this device to work properly, the lever must pivot around the support point. As such, two positions can exist within this system – stable and unstable. It is relatively easy to imagine the most stable position - when only one person is on the seesaw, leaving one end at the ground level and another end up in the air. However, to ‘appreciate’ the unstable position, or horizontal equilibrium, it requires a well-managed and calculated balance of the system input.


Contributed by Michelle (May 10, 2013) | Being a postdoc is all about eating, sleeping, dreaming, breathing, smelling, lab, lab, lab, 24/7/365. Otherwise, you’ll be a miserable failure, never publish papers, never have your own lab, and end up asking people if they “want fries with that.” Right?



Contributed by Kurt (May 10, 2013) | I have been a postdoc for two years. I am recently married and do not yet have children. My wife and I work in different cities and I have a one hour commute each way, which puts a little strain on the time I have to divide between work and home. My PI is a clinician and is not in the lab every day; therefore, our interactions are limited to discussions of the broader progress of projects. This allows for some flexibility in my work schedule, but comes with a little more pressure to reach tangible milestones on a consistent basis.

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