Friday, November 30, 2012

15 minutes of fame

Actually only 2 minutes and 27 seconds of fame, but I'll take it!  Beggars can't be choosers, right?

With much anticipation, I watched the clip about my lab's research on the local news last night.  It was almost entirely accurate.  You never know what you're going to get when you have non-science people explain science...

It was still pretty cool though!  You can catch a glimpse of me talking to my PI, Jill.  My face is just about completely obscured behind a microscope, but oh well.  My labmates fared better in their closeups.

You can watch it here!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Almost famous

Something really cool happened today.

The local news came to our lab to film a segment!  They heard about my PI getting a big grant for our research on the effects of estrogen on learning and memory and Meg Farris decided to feature us on her Medical Watch segment.


The only inconspicuous photo I could get

Anyway, if you're in Nola, watch WWL this Thursday at 5pm and you might catch me looking into a microscope!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On a roll

I'm officially NOT a one hit wonder!

I just got word that my 2nd first author paper was accepted for publication!  BAM.

I'll be in and out of the lab tomorrow for Thanksgiving, Friday, and all weekend.  It sucks, but at least I'll be riding this manuscript acceptance high for a few days.  Makes me feel like all this hard work actually pays off every now and then.

It is hard though seeing everyone post on Facebook about going home and how much they "really needed" this break, when I have to be on campus every freaking day testing rats in a maze and doing drug infusions into their brains.  Fun.

I know I'm not the only one.  I have first hand experience being married to a doctor, after all...Jeff is taking call for Thanksgiving so it's not like I'm missing out on too much.  And I know lots of other people have to work holidays.  Cops, the military, poor sales people who get tricked into working Black Friday.  That last one might get the shortest stick of them all.  Only kidding, sort of ;)

It really irks me though when I hear people complain about how hard they work at their 9-5, M-F jobs.  I know it's all relative, and to them it probably does seem difficult.  There are annoying, frustrating aspects to every job.  But come on, people.  Many of you have every weekend off, guaranteed.  And you can choose to take your vacation days whenever your heart desires.  You can even call in sick in the morning if you feel like it!  So far I've been able to keep my mouth shut, to their faces at least.  But behind their backs, Jeff and I sometimes can't help rolling our eyes a bit.  We're the ones who really need time off for the holidays- the people who don't clock out just because it's 5:00 on a Friday.

I never expected grad school to be easy, but I also never thought I'd be giving up quite as many holidays and weekends as I have in the past 4 1/2 years.  I mean, that's why I never wanted to go to med school!  I sure wasn't about to sign my life away.  I've always heard that nothing worth doing is easy.  I don't know if that's true, but I know that getting a PhD has definitely not been easy.  I just hope it turns out that it was worth doing.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Am I crazy?

...or just a typical indecisive woman?

Because I just accepted a post-doc position for next year in Jackson.  Me, the person who hates research, just committed to another year of benchwork.

Remember how I said I had an interview?  Well, I went up to the medical school last Wednesday and the PI offered me the job on the spot.  I didn't post about it immediately because I needed a few days for everything to sink in and for me to give her an official answer.  I mean, I had gotten used to the idea of having a nice, relaxing year with perhaps a part-time job at Pottery Barn!  Or something equally fun with a nice employee discount ;)

But how could I turn down such a potentially great opportunity?  She is completely aware I will only be there for 1 year and is basically handing me a surefire, publishable experiment on a silver platter.  Plus, she wants to mentor me in regards to developing my teaching skills.  She's willing to let me carve out time to get some teaching experience, maybe even at my old Alma Mater across the street...

And, drumroll please...

I wouldn't have ANY rats!  No little critters who need to be fed on weekends.  No behavioral testing to be done on holidays!  I could potentially have a normal M-F, 9-5 work schedule.

Ok science, you've sucked me in.  Grr...

Saturday, November 17, 2012


This is about a week late, but...

My 1st first author manuscript was accepted for publication!

Looks like I will survive!