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I hate it when I find a good blog only as it is ending (same happens with shows on TV..)
“Just another electron pusher” is one such blog. As of Dec 31st Leigh Krietsch Boerner is moving on to other things but she has a wealth of useful info in her older posts!

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The Altrenative Scientist has another good personal post. The author began with a dream of becoming an academic but twists and bumps in the road landed her in a writing career. But that doesn’t mean she is far from science – as she puts it:

I am now a scientific writer and editor for a large laboratory at a private, nonprofit biomedical research institute. My position is unusual in that I do not work for an entire department … or institute, but rather for one individual laboratory. My major responsibilities are to edit and help prepare grant proposals and scientific manuscripts for publication. So far, I am truly enjoying the work. I remain close to science—I interact daily with scientists, work with exciting, unpublished data, attend lab meetings and seminars, and read, read, read. To my surprise, I’ve found that I have yet (so far) to pine for the laboratory bench. Although earlier this week I was so bored (we’d just passed on a potential grant proposal, and things were slow) that I did offer to do DNA minipreps for anyone who wanted!

So there are jobs on the periphery of science that allow you to keep your hands almost dirty!

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Robert Wolke just wrote his swansong Food 101 column for the Washington post.
He writes:

In my several careers, I have always followed the advice of the great philosopher Yogi Berra: Whenever I came to a fork in the road, I took it. Some of the forks have led to designing laboratory buildings, writing textbooks, serving as dean on a round-the-world academic sea voyage, teaching graduate-level chemistry (in Spanish) in Venezuela, analyzing Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize-winning PhD thesis at the Sorbonne, and consulting for UNESCO on higher education in Bangladesh.

Every decade or so I lifted my sights to look for new challenging forks in the road. After two decades of teaching and directing research in nuclear chemistry, I devoted a decade to university administration. I then left academe entirely to follow my earliest muse and devote my time to writing. I have since published four books that, in more than 20 languages, are edifying people all over the world. That sure makes a guy feel good.

His food column (260 of them in fact) dissected some of the chemistry behind the food we eat.

He is now going to continue to pursue his writing career again….

Robert L. Wolke is professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.

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ghost writing

Did you enjoy writing up your research and thesis way too much?
How about using your science background to become a ghost-writer?

This is already common in the medical fields (with some issues being reported.)

However there is also a need in the sciences. Sometimes profs or researchers are too busy doing the research to have the time to write about it. An experienced writer with a background in the field could take the data and results and craft a journal article out of it so the researcher only has to edit the final draft. I know from my previous life that in some research organizations the primary product is an internal company report but having a journal article would be beneficial to the author’s overall career as well.

Here is a list of freelance writers from Britain:
http://www.absw.org.uk/directory_members_email.htm

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