There’s a corny political motto ‘continuity with change’ but trite as it is I think it’s a good one. The day of the week, the seasons of the year, and the four year cycles bring change but the constancy of lab life delivers continuity. The trick is getting the balance right.
Francis Mojica is becoming a science celebrity.
There are many reasons for this. Primarily, it is because in 1993 he first discovered Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, named them by the acronym CRISPR, and decided to study them.
Most scientists are sophisticated and self-controlled enough not to push their own barrows but others will sound the trumpets for them, sometimes with great subtlety and skill. I like to think that overall this quest for recognition is a way of harnessing egos for the public good.
t’s always nice to see a familiar face, or catch up with an old friend. Last Friday we were lucky enough to have a previous senior post-doc visit from New Zealand. Read more here.
Are there any tips for what to do? Here’s the advice I received.
There are a few differences between how labs are funded, about historical norms and cultures – and even cultural stereotypes that are interesting to think about. It’s particularly worth talking about these things if you are considering shifting to another country to work.
It all gets easier with experience – especially if you can tell the type of question. The other trick is to remember it is not all about you – the questioner is also thinking about how they look!