finance

Links: Work-Life Balance, Taxes, USB Necklace, and More.

by Kelle September 10, 2010

A Cosmologist Resists Academia's Work-Life Norms | Science Careers “Throughout her career, Bridle, now 35, has resisted the accepted norms for attaining success in academia: long hours and personal sacrifice. At the same time, she has dedicated herself to answering questions about how astronomers can balance a career in academia with a fulfilling personal life.” […]

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Links: Decadal Round Up, Myths about Girls in Science, New LaTeX Site, and Much, Much More.

by Kelle August 20, 2010

These posts are getting too long. I’m going to start doing this twice a week: Tuesdays, in addition to Fridays. Stop Admitting Ph.D. Students | Inside Higher Ed “Knowing that prospective students apply to graduate school of their own free will, with hope in their hearts and stardust in their eyes, doesn’t absolve faculty of […]

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10% of US Postdocs negotiate pay raise.

by Jane August 18, 2010

On Friday we told you that the 6,500 postdocs of the University of California just ratified their first union contract, after 18 months of negotiation.  The five-year contract requires that all postdocs be paid at least $37,740/yr, which is $340 above the current minimum at UC.  (Postdocs with 5 yr experience must make at least […]

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Links: Let Your Mind Wander, Credit Cards, Paranoid Collaborators, and More.

by Kelle July 9, 2010

Photo by Ed Yourdon. Discovering the Virtues of a Wandering Mind | NY Times Why I think lots of play time is crucial to a successful writing retreat: “To encourage this creative process, Dr. Schooler says, it may help if you go jogging, take a walk, do some knitting or just sit around doodling, because […]

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Links: Combat Impostor Syndrome by Thinking Like a Creator Instead of a Sponge, Repercussions of Misrepresenting Results, To-Do Lists, and More.

by Kelle July 2, 2010

Photo by Chris Gierszewski Too Much Self-Doubt? Try Thinking Like a Creator | ProfHacker “Think like a creator, not like a sponge. Most of us were trained to be very good sponges: we can soak up information and absorb it so that it feels like its our own. But focusing on all that you don’t […]

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Scientists: Bringing Home the Benjamins, part 2

by Jane June 9, 2010

Last week, we talked about personal finance for underpaid junior scientists.  We discussed how the astronomy career path dramatically under-pays junior astronomers during the first 10–12 years (graduate school + postdoc) of their career.  That they are often ineligible for retirement accounts during the grad school and postdoc years (or at least do not vest), […]

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Scientists: Bringing Home the Benjamins

by Jane June 2, 2010

While astronomers as a rule handle grant money responsibly, they’re often terrible with their own finances.  The gamut ranges from reckless experimentation, to willful obliviousness, to resigned acceptance of lifetime poverty.  In part, our attitudes toward money are reflections of our career choices — toward “pure science”, away from commercial pressure.* In practice, many of […]

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