Daily Archives: December 2, 2008

A bit more: science purity, business and legacies

Let’s expand on the previous post just a tad… Over the past two weeks or so I’ve been laser focused on four things. 1) Getting out a slew of grant applications. 2) Getting out industry collaboration proposals. 3) Dealing with horrible pain in my lower left leg. 4) Reading horrible economic news and hoping that talk of federal investment are going to turn into more than just talk. Why?

1 and 2) I have an opportunity to bring in a very talented individual but I don’t have any more money to allocate to salaries. This means I need to bring in some money now, or miss a big chance. Ordinarily I might ask the Dept Chair to spot me for a bit; however, we have a state mandated hiring freeze and we’re trying to hold onto the jobs that we have as the state continues to threaten big budget cuts.
3) My lower back is a disaster right now. When I’m doing 1 and 2 I can forget about. When I’m not doing 1 & 2 and if I’m not looking at fresh data, I’m in pain. NSAIDs don’t work. Opioids make me sleep. When I sleep I can’t work on 1 & 2.
4) See 1 & 2. Also see 3, which gets better with dreams of massive federal investment and worse with sky is falling RGE Monitor posts.

Then comes last night, Dec 1, 2008. Continue reading

Don’t forget, this is a business

There’s a great conversation going on over at DrugMonkey about getting too wrapped up in your hypotheses. Within that conversation have been a few claims on the “purity” of the science. To which CPP says: Academia’s not a motherfucking care bears tea party.

Let’s not mince words (CPP certainly won’t). This is absolutely true. But there’s more, academia, at least the academia I know, is an important cog in a giant economic wheel. The sooner you come to terms with this, the better off you will be. Continue reading