PIs who use undergrads as free labor
I despise PIs that tell other PIs, "hey did you know you can get undergraduates to work in your lab for free and they can just wash dishes all day?!" No. No no no. Occasional dishwashing help? Sure, of course, because some amount of lab maintenance is everyone's job and it's useful to be in the lab and get to know people. But a full semester or more of only dishwashing? Nooooo. That student better be getting work-study funding at least.
Good article about the suppressed contributions of women in science. While I would optimistically like to think that most people know about Rosalind Franklin's contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA now, the problem goes much deeper.
sexism in science
"The History of Women in Science Is Hidden in Plain Sight: By searching through footnotes, researchers found female programmers who made important but unrecognized contributions to genetics."
science history + current sexism
If I visit again, I'm going to go prepared with uncensored books on the history of DNA that actually mention Rosalind Franklin. Just reverse-shoplift them into the Cold Spring Harbor Lab's libraries. Really piss James Watson off!
science history + current sexism
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has no references to Rosalind Franklin and her extremely important role in the discovery of the structure of DNA (it was her research data). It's such a bizarre experience to visit, see DNA history everywhere, and find her so deliberately absent. I assume it's because James Watson still lives there and doesn't like her. Kind of made me wish I carried Sharpies around. I'm not usually a vandal, but come on that place was begging for it.
What kind of #ergonomics do people use for work/study? I am transitioning from all bench work to almost all computational work in my lab. I need to improve my computer ergonomics. Any recommendations? I bought gel rest pads for my wrists recently, but they feel kind of awkward. Not used to them.
I use Ubuntu and a Google-free LineageOS phone, Firefox, Ublock Origin, Pi-Hole... I was gonna set up DNS-over-HTTPS, but now I find out that T-Mobile is selling my location data anyway. At some point it feels like privacy is just impossible https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nepxbz/i-gave-a-bounty-hunter-300-dollars-located-phone-microbilt-zumigo-tmobile
FINALLY I know enough about coding to get all snooty about certain practices. Living the dream
We've only got 19 years left to patch all those 32-bit devices before the Unix End Of Time.
I helped fix a lot of Y2K stuff. This time round, there's no way we're gonna catch everything. No way.
I need to make sure I'm dead before then or well enough to not go anywhere NEAR any kind of medical facility.
One doctor I went to is still using Windows XP and wanted to know why I thought they didn't need my social security number.
Those $300,000 MRI and X-Ray machines aren't getting patched, but are online..
On leaving the politics out of hacking
And the thing is, I *was* interested in continuing education, but at college-entering time, I didn't think it was actually attainable for me. Everyone talks about law school and med school loans. I come from a poor family and my parents have no retirement plan except me and my siblings, so loans of that size were scary and out of the question. The risk for financial ruin was too much. I'm grateful my university told me about grad school stipends (not loan based). Made #gradschool feel possible.
Sometimes I still think about how I might not have a PhD if not for freshman-me defiantly lying and checking the "PhD" box when my university asked, "What is the highest degree you hope to attain?" It was an intro survey of the incoming student body. The university put me on mailing lists about pre-grad school info. I learned about research opportunities and programs like McNair. I originally just expected to get my B.S. and get a job. Good job, freshman-me! #underrepresented #socioeconomic
Why do academics feel such a strong need to tell others how to spend their time, especially around this time of year? http://neurodojo.blogspot.com/2015/12/time-policing.html
Life sciences postdoc, mostly genetics and cell biology recently. Week is approximately 3 computer days, 2 lab days. Lots of data analysis work.
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