Update on life as a new prof

Yesterday I signed my contract renewal, and in August of this year I officially begin my third year as a professor in the Physics Department at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Several friends and family have been asking me what comes next in terms of promotion and tenure, so I thought an update might... Continue Reading →

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Take a moment to celebrate

This blog has been very quiet lately, mostly because I'm just starting year two of my professorship at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Today, I submitted my first grant application as an independent principal investigator (PI). As I went to congratulate another colleague, who had also just submitted his application, he quickly said, "Don't... Continue Reading →

Open letter to the Society for Neuroscience

The following open letter has been delivered to the Society for Neuroscience and published online in The Winnower. Thanks to everyone who contributed to writing the letter, shared with colleagues, and signed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear Society for Neuroscience, This is an open letter concerning the recent launch of the new open access journal, eNeuro. We welcome the diversification of... Continue Reading →

Open letter to the AAAS about their new journal, Science Advances

The following open letter has been delivered to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and published online in The Winnower. Thanks to Jon Tennant (@Protohedgehog) for leading this effort.  Thanks also to everyone who contributed to writing the letter, shared with colleagues, and signed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear  AAAS, This is an open letter concerning... Continue Reading →

Confessions of an early career scientist

Confession 1: No, I do not have publications in Cell, Science, or Nature. In fact, I've never submitted to any of those journals. And I don't plan on it. Why? Because they're not open access and the publishers don't have a good history of supporting open science. Are there more nuanced reasons? Sure, but plus or... Continue Reading →

Parents in Science: Being great, not superhuman

This guest post is by Benjamin Morin. Ben has a PhD in Applied Math for the Life and Social Sciences from Arizona State University, is a father of one, and a rabid fan of mathematical modeling. He applies modeling techniques to research problems in the fields of ecology, economics, epidemiology, statistical mechanics, and social sciences. Learn more about... Continue Reading →

Some advice for universities

I've been thinking a lot lately about why we choose to stay or leave certain academic positions and how these decisions affect our career trajectory. Related to that, here is my very simple advice for universities big and small, public and private: 1. If you want to keep good people, you must treat them with... Continue Reading →

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