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Wissenschaftskolleg: It’s not just time to write, it is connections with fabulous novelists, thoughtful former politicians, historians, and scientists
Posted on September 29, 2018 by Joan E. Strassmann
Ever since I got to the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, I have been trying to understand what I can offer it and what it can offer me. This is the script: I come here for 10 months, take no more than … Continue reading →
Posted in Managing an academic career, New ideas, Sabbatical, Social interactions | Tagged culture, discovery, paradox, Wiko, Wissenschaftskolleg | Leave a comment
What is your anxiety telling you?
Posted on March 29, 2017 by Joan E. Strassmann
Megan Duffy had a thoughtful post on not inducing anxiety in others. She mentioned the specific case of reducing anxiety in others by being really clear. Instead of saying something like meet me Thursday, say why. I agree that getting … Continue reading →
Posted in Managing an academic career, Mentoring, Social interactions, Undergraduates | Tagged anxiety, career choices, clarity, kindness, self honesty | Leave a comment
Are women allowed to joke?
Posted on May 7, 2015 by Joan E. Strassmann
Is it true that a good measure of how well you know a foreign language is that you get the humor? If so, I failed German a decade or so ago when the Lufthansa agent in Frankfort very dryly told … Continue reading →
Posted in Life in a biology department, Managing an academic career, Politics, Social interactions | Tagged culture, feminism, humor, jokes, ostracism, scarcasm | 4 Comments
Do you celebrate a paper submission with cognac?
Posted on October 6, 2014 by Joan E. Strassmann
There are celebrations for milestones of various kinds. In Japan I hear turning 60 is a big deal. Birthdays, graduations, even publishing can be celebrated. But why not celebrate something that is under your control? How about cheering when you … Continue reading →
Why I didn’t answer your email
Posted on November 4, 2013 by Joan E. Strassmann
Do you know that personality characterization called OCEAN, openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism? It is supposedly much more supported by research than the simple extraversion-introversion espoused by that Quiet book, and is not as random as the Myers Briggs … Continue reading →
Posted in Managing an academic career, Organization of a scientist, Social interactions | Tagged Agreeableness, Big Five personality traits, communication, Conscientiousness, email, Extraversion and introversion, Myers Briggs, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Neuroticism, Personality test, professors, tasks | Leave a comment
Why you shouldn’t hire your colleague’s child, or be asked to do so
Posted on June 28, 2013 by Joan E. Strassmann
The whole reason we do experiments blind, have rules against nepotism, and worry about inadvertent bias is that we are humans and these things go with the species, no matter how fair we try to be. Even though there has … Continue reading →
Posted in Department politics, Ethics, Social interactions, Tenure | Tagged conflict of interest, high school, nepotism, summer job, tenure | Leave a comment
Is co-authorship a cynical strategy?
Posted on June 23, 2013 by Joan E. Strassmann
What if you found a partner you trusted and simply put your name on all of each other’s publications, asked a friend at the Evolution meeting in Snowbird. You would come close to doubling your reputation without doing any extra … Continue reading →
Posted in Collaboration, Managing an academic career, Social interactions, Uncategorized | Tagged Author, collaboration, evolution | 4 Comments
Check list for a professor’s retirement symposium
Posted on June 4, 2013 by Joan E. Strassmann
You will do few things more important in your academic career than organize a symposium for your retiring professor, or at least that is how I think of it. The point of this entry is to make it easier for … Continue reading →
Posted in Celebrations, Presentations and seminars, Social interactions | Tagged Alan Templeton, celebration, Delmar Loop, emeritus, professor, retirement, science, symposium | Leave a comment
How to throw a retirement party for 65 people at home for well under $500
Posted on June 4, 2013 by Joan E. Strassmann
Why do so many people cater their parties? They end up with soggy food that should be hot but is tepid and is certainly overcooked and overpriced. It just isn’t that hard to have a great party at home … Continue reading →
Posted in Celebrations, Social interactions | Tagged Alan Templeton, home cooking, parties, retirement | 2 Comments
Dividing the bill for dinner at scientific meetings
Posted on May 10, 2013 by Joan E. Strassmann
Did you notice the pained face of the young graduate student when she realized she would be subsidizing that fried calamari, rib eye, 4 beers, and dessert that the professor across the table just enjoyed? She had ordered carefully, deciding … Continue reading →
Posted in Scientific meetings, Social interactions | Tagged equity, labs, meals, meetings | 5 Comments