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Judy Lytle

02.16.2017 |    2,935 |   reply |
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I can proudly say that I’ve accepted jobs even though I knew (and my new manager knew) that I didn’t have a clue how to do some or all of that job. In fact, I seem to have made a career of doing just that. If you attended my webinar in January, you’ll remember that I spoke a bit about it.  I was awarded an 18-month Fellowship immediately following conferral of my doctorate to support a Department of Defense agency, managing a multi-million dollar budget and coming up with new programs that would result in medical technologies for our Warfighters. I...


Aarti Turuvekere

03.14.2016 |    2,456 |   reply |
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While completing my masters in public health (MPG) in epidemiology and biostatistics, I was working in clinical research for pharmaceutical companies in HIV and women's health.  I decided to apply for government contracting/consulting jobs in 2008-09. I leveraged my data analysis skills from my MPH program and landed a job as...


Charlene Milliken

02.29.2016 |    3,091 |   reply |
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I knew before I graduated with my Ph.D. that I would not be pursuing a career in academia.   When I received an AAAS fellowship and was placed in the Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), I was thrilled…mainly because I got the AAAS fellowship, but...


Charlene Milliken

02.26.2016 |    2,860 |   reply |
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A career in the federal government can be rewarding and interesting.  However, if you’re considering a career in the federal government, here are a few tips to keep in mind.   They’re broad generalizations, but you’ll most likely run into at least one of them.  Knowing these things in advance can...


Charlene Milliken

01.22.2016 |    3,775 |   reply |
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I travel a lot for work.   When I interviewed for my current job, I was informed that there would be a lot of travel.  “How much?”  I asked.  “A couple times a month or so.  It depends,” they said.  I love travelling!  Awesome!   But what’s the reality?  If you get...


Judy Lytle

01.04.2016 |    3,514 |   reply |
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Once I was conferred my doctorate, you could have clocked my departure from academia with a stopwatch.  That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with academia; it’s just not my cup of joe. In considering the “why” of the career decisions I’ve made, I’ve come to the conclusion that culture...


Holly Brevig

12.14.2015 |    3,687 |   reply |
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In one of my blogs, I briefly wrote about career options and provided a table with various career types and organizations to find these careers.   I wanted to focus on what I thought were unique opportunities that I did not know about when I was in graduate school.  Just as...


Shu Chin Ma

12.10.2015 |    4,349 |   reply |
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The Office of Generic Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), of course.  In 2014, generic drugs saved the U.S health care system $254 billion dollars, and with the recent outrageous price hiking of an HIV medication (cough, cough, by a greedy you-know-who), it’s even more crucial that patients...


Holly Brevig

11.27.2015 |    3,288 |   reply |
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So what’s it like working outside of lab?   Let’s start with my experience working in lab as a graduate student.  I stood for long periods of time, and moved around a lot, from working under the hood, to the cell culture room, and maybe then to another building to use...


Robert Cory Bernhards

06.17.2015 |    7,389 |   reply |
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The major question almost all graduating PhDs face is whether to pursue a career in academia, industry, or government.  I’ll discuss pros and cons of each along with some common misconceptions. Many graduate students are under the false impression that most PhDs go into academia.  This is because our mentors are...
Tags: alternative careers to academia, how to get to industry as a fresh grad


Ron Hunter

05.18.2015 |    5,524 |   reply |
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From my viewpoint, this is completely dependent on what you need at each step in your educational and professional careers.  On beginning undergrad, I had narrowed down my choices between going to the University of Miami (11,380 undergrads in 2015) vs. Mercer University (4,419 undergrads in 2015). Since Mercer was the...


Ron Hunter

05.06.2015 |    6,691 |   reply |
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Repeatedly, we have heard the maxims, “ask and you shall receive”, “close mouths don’t get fed”, or “knock and the door will be opened” said in one way or another.  I proffer the general point in the form of another adage - if you do not ask, the answer will always...
Tags: asking people, how to get a yes, the art of asking


Shu Chin Ma

08.06.2014 |    8,516 |   reply |
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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this blog are those of myself exclusively, and does not reflect or represent the current views and thinking of the FDA.  I have heard of a few versions of the acronym for the FDA, including the Federal Drugs Administration and Federal Drugs Association, and some random...
Tags: perks of working for the government, working for the FDA


Amber O’Connor

05.30.2014 |    19,976 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  Today’s blog is on a very important topic that I have recently had to deal with as a science writer, plagiarism. Introduction: I have my own business where I work as a publication specialist.  I facilitate the publication of primary research manuscripts at all stages. I may edit the...
Tags: plagiarism on academic paper, what is plagiarism


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

11.12.2013 |    14,840 |   reply |
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What is government contracting and why should I care? If you have only a vague idea of what is means to “be a contractor” then this blog post is for you. Being a contractor means making my living by providing services (my skills, abilities, and knowledge) to the government and nonprofit...
Tags: contracting in the government


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

10.28.2013 |    12,017 |   reply |
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I’m a government contractor and I often say that my job is the best of both worlds: being a government employee, and being part of the private sector. Here are the ten reasons why I think being a government contractor is so great: Implementing the mission of the government agencies is...
Tags: benefits of private and government, working in the government


Maida Taylor

05.03.2013 |    21,315 |   reply |
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Last month, I attended two days of hearings at the FDA campus in White Oak, MD.  The first day concerned two neuroscience molecules, gabapentin and paroxetine, both being evaluated for the treatment of menopausal vasomotor symptoms. Gabapentin was originally developed as an anti-seizure medication, and is also approved to treat...
Tags: FDA seminar, Gabapentin and Paroxetine, Public safety


Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis

08.27.2012 |    24,559 |   4 reply |
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Humans are creatures of habit, and since scientists are mostly humans too (pending on their exposure level to ethidium bromide) they get comfortable at their little benches.  And even if they really want to do something else they tend to stick with what’s familiar and rather keep their pipettor thumb...
Tags: bench, lab, program manager


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