Neither do I? At least in my present state of delirium.
I don't even know exactly what time it is in the early morning as I am finishing my poster layout for the Gordon Research Conference that starts this weekend. If you will be in Ventura, CA, I'll see you there. If not, I can give you updates on what the hell happened.
Echoing PLS's post about budgetary complexities, we have to keep an eye on the expenses in our lab too as our funding has seriously tightened up. I look at experiments and see the data that it generates but I'm also thinking more and more what is the price tag for that data. And like PLS we have about 6 pots of money to draw from and its fucking confusing as to which fund to draw down on sometimes and why.
For us the budget tightening has been a big change. Mouse lines that were kept up and running if we needed them on a whim have been cryopreserved. Watching how much we are spending on antibodies. Working on which transfection appears to be the most economical in our lab (message me if you want details).
Unfortunately for us and with the looming of an even further bleak immediate future for science funding, we'll be keeping even more of an eye on the bottom line.
Is anyone watching the winter Olympics? I've been watching some of the ice skating and both men's and women's hockey. At many of the events it appears as if the stands may be less than half full, I don't know if its a measure of the events or the lack of tourism influx in these games. And for the life of me I cannot get into the events that belong more in the winter X games than the Olympics (read half-pipe).
After having chatted with a few friends this week about their success and failures, I think the Hallmark corporation needs to come out with a greeting card line for scientists, with cards such as:
-Sorry your grant got triaged.
-Congratulations on your publication.
-Fuck Reviewer #3.
-Way to go, your NRSA got picked up!
Break out the Festivus Pole its time for the annual Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength.
"Festivus for the rest of us!"
I'm going to author a book called how to succeed in graduate school. The entirety of my self-help advice will consist of this scrawled onto a taco bell wrapper.
Step 1: Shut the fuck up and listen!
Step 2: Are you fucking paying attention?
Step 3: Ask questions, even if you fear that we'll think you are dumb. Here's a hint, we already do. Just ask the damn question.
Step 3: Think about what the fuck you are doing. No one else will do it for you.
Step 4: You better fucking be doing experiments and if you aren't, why aren't you?
Step 5: Stop reading this and fucking go do something.
Step 6: Now you fucking dumpsterbaby!
What's the old saying, you neighbor loses his job and its a recession, but you lose your job, and its a depression. Well the shoe finally dropped for one of my friends and he was put on notice that his job disappears as of January 1st. Sadly for him there was no advance notice that this was coming. I'm sure in the next year and probably the couple of subsequent ones, that more and more folks are going to getting pink slipped or P45'd. More than a few of my friends who are trainees and techs are quietly brushing up resumes and trying to find homes in labs with more stable track records of funding.
Really its all very bleak and no one wants to talk about it, but its on our minds. So to anyone displaced or about to be displaced from employment, I hope you guys land on your feet again soon. When I got into science 12 years ago it seemed like the sky was the limit and I rarely ever heard of people getting cut loose for waning funding. But as they say the times are a changing....and not for the better.
The Times They Are A-Changin' 1964 by aHobo
I got lazy last week so this week is a two-fer. Instead of go through the individual weeks, lets see where we are overall. Oh and as a Panther's fan, I and the groundscrew appreciate Tom Brady's tears of sorrow and frustration, that way they didn't have the water the grass on Tuesday.
Goddamn Odyssey rolled up the top spot both weeks. A strong showing that has the young lad back generously rubbing his stank all over the overall lead for the league. Well done so far everyone, its been a fun one as we head into home stretch.
1. Odyssey (87)
2. Parker's Picks (84)
3. PinkGirl (76)
4. Genomic Repairman's Keuch'n A$$ (74)
5. The Professor (73)
6. Chall's Dreams (72)
7. SugarScientist's Tumornators (71)
8. KillaTCells (68)
9. PLS's Prognostications (68)
10. G-Dawg's picks (63)
11. Todd's Kaepernickpicks (56)
12. Stevie "Don't Call Me Wonder" Walker's Show Me Your TDs (51)
We are currently debating what journal to send my impending research article off to. Do you shoot for the moon and go for a glamour mag or do you shoot for the outer orbit of the moon (glamour's subjournals with good impact factors), places where they won't give you too much shit, or other journals (IF>12) that are interested in the physiology aspect of my work but could give two shits about DNA repair.
I have a shortlist of journals in mind with some safety journals that should for all intents and purposes bend over backward to take this article. I'm waiting for all the data to turn up and then we'll make a final decision on where to send to first, but I'm eyeing one of the C/N subjournals. Rejection from a model hurts just as bad as from the girl next door, why not try for it?
1. Stevie "Don't Call Me Wonder" Walker's Show Me Your TDs
5. Parker's Picks
6. PLS's Prognostications
7. G-Dawg's picks
8. SugarScientist's Tumornators
9. Genomic Repairman's Keuch'n A$$
10. Chall's Dreams
11. The Professor
12. Todd's Kaepernickpicks