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Say It Loud

As much as we would like to think that we live in a post-racial world as apparently evidenced by the election and re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, the sad reality is that in most settings the overt racism of the past has been subtly replaced by a neo-racism which replaces the rhetoric of skin color with a rhetoric of national origin as a marker of difference. In this paradigm Mexican becomes an analogue for illegal immigrant and Arab becomes the equivalent to Muslim. Coming from the University of Michigan, it took my temporary residence at one of Europe’s most elite educational institutions for me to come face to face with neo-racism myself. We were sitting at dinner when the topic of names and their meanings came up.

Ode to Coffee

Open Adobe Photoshop
Copy, paste, cut, crop.
Build the figure, make it pop.
Forgot to save? Better not!

I'm putting down the pipette,
So I wait, the timer’s set.
I check my notes and forgot a step.
Now immediate regret.

No time to waste, here we go.
But my head is moving mighty slow.
Way too much science info.
Energy is running low.

But no, not yet, I can't give up!
Let me fill my coffee cup.
With cream or sugar, or dark and strong,
When it comes to coffee you can't go wrong.

Liquid life, power restored!
Fueled by caffeine and sugar galore,
Energized with proper vigor,
Roll up my sleeves, to the bench once more!

Four Ph.D. Students' Journeys to Graduate School – Part 2: Preparing Academically and Thinking About Careers

Last Friday, I shared Part 1 of an audio blog post, in which four Ph.D. students in the sciences, including myself, discussed the motivations and goals behind our decision to continue on to higher education and pursue a Ph.D.

Today I am excited to share the second half of this audio blog post, which delves into our academic and professional experiences, starting with our undergraduate careers that contributed to our decision and readiness to apply to graduate school.

A full transcript of the recording is provided below, in which any biology or graduate school specific terms are explained briefly.

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