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    Calculating Your Online Identity

    Several Science Careers articles and blog posts in the past year or so have encouraged job hunters to sharpen their online identities, since more employers now search the Web and social networks to find out more about their leading job candidates. To help with this task, the authors of a 2007 book on personal branding… Read More
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    Bachelor’s Degrees Proposed for California Community Colleges

    In May on this blog, we told how the state of Florida had expanded the number of community colleges offering bachelor’s degrees, many in science and technology. Now California is considering a similar idea, according to an article by Matt Krupnick last week in the Contra Costa Times, published in northern California. Up to now… Read More
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    Aunt Hillary Needs You

    Nina Federoff, the science and technology adviser to the Secretary of State, recently made a pitch for scientists to serve in the State Department, telling how scientists can serve as diplomats without venturing too far from their research specialties. She was speaking at the Science and Technology Policy Leadership Seminar, put on by AAAS, publish… Read More
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    The microscope doctor

    Jim Janoso has created a very nice niche for himself. He is the microscope doctor. His patients: hard working microscopes in field stations in the most remote areas of the world. Microscopes that work day in and day out in the dust, on the ice, under extemes of temperature. Microscopes that should not, — cannot — Read More
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    Resisting Categorization to Ask Big Questions

    Rachel Armstrong defies categorization. Trained as a physician, Armstrong practiced medicine for about 6 years before leaving to work in pharmaceutical communications and to pursue artistic collaborations. Now a teaching fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, she was a 2009 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Global Fellow, wh… Read More
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    Extreme Science

    It’s snowing heavily today. (A year ago, instead of snow, it rained cats and dogs here at Palmer.) The icebergs on the bay are covered by a frosting, like fine powdered sugar, and the sea has blue and green brash ice that sings like broken crystals as the water moves underneath. Visibility is just a… Read More
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    Job Hunting During the Holidays

    With the end of the year coming up, many people are taking time off, school terms are ending, and it may seem like a good time to put the job hunt on hold for a while. Eve Tahmincioglu, careers columnist at MSNBC,  thinks this is the right time to ramp up some aspects of your… Read More
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    Ambushed by Icebergs

    This morning we were ambushed by icebergs. We woke up and realized we were prisoners of large chunks of ice that completely blocked the entrance to our tiny harbor for zodiacs here at Palmer. The station sits on a small, rocky shore, with a glacier behind it. Our only means of transportation are these zodiacs… Read More
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    A New Chapter in the History of Polar Communications

    Yesterday we wrote a new chapter in polar communications: the first-ever live wireless internet video conference from Torgersen island, at the Palmer Archipelago, in Antarctica, and the first ever involving 5 parties simultaneously from Palmer Station. It was an outreach effort I came up with several months ago together with the Maloka Science Muse… Read More
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    A Day with Penguin Researchers in Antarctica

    If you are a “birder” at Palmer Station like Kristen Gorman or Jen Blum, your day starts early with a quick breakfast, getting your gear in order, donning your “float coat”, getting on the zodiac, and heading to one of the several lovely islands in the Palmer Archipelago. Their job sounds way cool: They get… Read More