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(The Atlantic)   The country's science funding on track to be Plutoed if Congress can't reach a budget agreement by the end of the year   (theatlantic.com) divider line 54
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2012-09-17 10:11:31 PM

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: gameshowhost: Gosh, I wonder which political persuasion caters to the anti-science crowd and benefits from eliminating said science budget...

Um...law passed by Congress last year, signed by Obama, cuts budgets of EVERYBODY, but this particular article was focusing on its impact to science budgets...

Maybe you ahould leave this discussion to the grown-ups....


Well, I guess that means a certain political persuasion doesn't cater to the anti-science crowd nor does it benefit from eliminating said budget. Not only that, but I guess politicians aren't forced to make compromises.

/*psst* which party goes on screeds over items in the science budget, like, say volcano monitoring?
//oh btw - no, you may not include 'military research and development' as part of 'science funding'
///maybe you... SHOULD BE A NICER PERSON, WITH A BETTER ATTITUDE! o_o
 
2012-09-17 10:52:56 PM

FTA:

President Obama's Office of Management and Budget -- in an act that was partly a week-late response to a legislative demand, partly an act of speculative information-gathering, and partly an act of political posturing -- released a report exploring the effects of sequestration. And they include, unsurprisingly, significant cuts to science programs


Nothing new


Who's More Pro-Science, Republicans or Democrats?
- Neil deGrasse Tyson



// as moon-bats blame the right. *walks away laughing*
 
2012-09-17 11:50:31 PM

pivazena: born_yesterday: pivazena: LockeOak: coco ebert: So, can I skip the doctoral dissertation grant application for the NSF, then?

Glad the budget for my federal fellowship has already been allocated through graduation next year. I inquired about post-docs in Australia a couple of months ago and the research center I was interested in paid $85k AUD, = $89k USD(!), plus $40k in research funding per year. Other than being closer to family, why would I stay here and make maybe $40k and still have to spend half my time writing grants and trying to land my next post-doc?

/science be expensive, yo

I'm ready to leave. Honestly. I have a secure postdoc position, and my NRSA will likely be funded, but I don't want to be a postdoc forever. And what's next? Scrounging for scraps from decimated (literally) NIH and NSF while magically defense contractors (and the athletic department) stays rolling in dough? I'm exhausted and I'm not even 30. I want to have a family and a life outside of the lab. and I'm a *good* scientist.

Currently looking to get a Master's in genetic counseling. It's within my skillset, I get to interact with people, and I can actually make more than minimum wage (after we adjust for hours worked)

Good luck (sincerely). Sounds like we are facing the same reality. If I can make a comfortable living with a nice life balance, I'll be more than happy.

[Erased a bunch of stuff because I don't need to go on another rant]

thanks :-/ I'm not sure what I expected from a postdoc. I'm not poor. But i'm always busy. I'm working 60-80 hours a week. Honestly I feel like I'm doing another PhD, and when I look at what postdocs from my grad lab did, it's essentially another dissertation's worth of work in 3 years instead of 5-6. I don't want to do that again!!!


Want some more advice you didn't ask for?

1. The primary objective of the postdoc is getting a permanent position. Never forget that. And if you're not staying in research, and you're not planning on publishing in a top-tier journal, then the most important thing a manuscript can show [to non-researchers] is that you can finish projects. To be totally honest, if you spend your time as a postdoc with your face in your bench, you will regret it, and it won't serve your career nearly as well as academicians claim (they have a vested interest in bench donkeys).

2. Network, network, network. Find out what alternative careers and resources are out there. Build the social and managerial aspects of your resume whenever possible. If you present your work, don't leave the conference without contact information of everyone you connect with. Conferences are a farking waste aside from anything that directly leads to a job or a publication.

[OK, exiting rant mode.]

But that's more for me than you, since you already have a better plan than I did.

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2012-09-18 05:39:25 AM

GAT_00: Mugato: "Hear about Pluto? That's messed up."

[www.polyvore.com image 300x300]

The Jackal has arrived.


MAGIC HEAD! MAGIC HEAD! MAGIC HEAD! MAGIC HEAD!
 
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