Marketing Science? Eeeew!

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How dare I? Right? I’ve been wanting to write about how my experience in CME and healthcare marketing has made me a better academic writer, but this post has been really challenging for some reason. Maybe because it treads into that no-man’s land between the pure, untainted world of lofty scientific endeavor and the seemingly sly, underhanded world…

Did I sell out? Nope, but thanks for asking.


Okay, so this is as close to a rant that you are going to get from me, and it’s more of just a setting-the-record-straight type of rant, since I don’t rant. Okay, so I don’t rant often. It rarely happens that I rant. Oh, never mind. This pseudo-rant was touched off by a series of…

Write Young Grasshopper! Write.


I know I said my next post was going to be about marketing and writing, but I got sidetracked (things get busier as the school year begins) and then a few recent blog posts got me thinking back to my own experience with writing while in graduate school. In this post, Dr. O explains why grad students shouldn’t…

Act III: The metamorphosis – how my writing and perspective have changed


I remember telling my PhD advisor pretty early in the game that I didn’t really see myself continuing in academia, going tenure track route, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do instead, and that I wasn’t sure if I was cut out for grad school, etc, etc. My PhD advisor is one awesome…

All About Stacey in 5 questions


I did an interview for last week on how I became a writer and what I am doing now – check it out here: Interview With Stacey C. Tobin

Act II: Adventures in creative résumé-ing


Okay, so onto Act II, or how I landed that first medical writing job out of grad school. I have to admit, this was tough. A scientist to the core, of course I did as much research as possible, scouring the Web for continuing medical education agencies, healthcare communications agencies, and even healthcare advertising agencies….

How did I get here? My story in 3 acts.


In the past week, I had the opportunity (and pleasure) to talk to some bench scientists who are interested in making the transition from research in academia to a career in writing and editing. They asked me some of the same questions: How did you make the transition and land your first job? How did you…

What’s up with the ELS, Stace?


Around the beginning of the year, I decided it was time to get more involved in professional organizations, plug into my professional network, get in touch with my peers. And that’s when I found BELS. What’s BELS? From their Web site: The Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) was founded in 1991 to…

A Night Owl With a Day Job


I’ve always worked better in the wee hours of the morning. It’s quiet. There are no distractions. No one to call, nothing on TV, just a large block of time characterized by nothing but a still hush. Add a fresh pot of coffee and the possibilities are endless. I imagine Edward Hopper’s painting, but with…

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Peer Review?


The August issue of The Scientist features several articles that discuss the problems with the current anonymous peer-review system of scientific research papers—many of which have become even more obvious as the Web gains popularity as an alternative for rapid publication and access to manuscripts. In I Hate Your Paper, Jef Akst identified 3 specific problems with the traditional peer-review process, and then…

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