Items you will need on your scientific quest Part I

Useful advice from a credible, if a bit odd, source!

postdoc mastery

As with any endeavor, there are specific items that you will want to acquire for your journey as a postdoc.  Many items are likely to be specific to the specialty you have chosen.  It is my goal to share with you those items that I have found to be absolutely CRITICAL and generally universal.

#1.  A role of sturdy tape FullSizeRender-2

Whaaaaaaaat?  Tape?!?  That’s right.  The first item on this list is something you can find anywhere.  It’s not an erlenmeyer flask, a beaker, a bunson burner, or anything that generally denotes “science”.  It’s tape.

Recently, I was putting together the materials for my latest experiment.  I had several fancy-pants components that I was assembling.  Three pieces of equipment that totaled about $50,000.  Plus a bunch of non-reusable parts that racked up another $300 per sample.  What was the only way to get it to all function properly?  Tape.  That’s…

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About Excitable Ape

Today is the best day of my life! I am the Artist In Residence of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology. I work as an expert in science communication for Harvard University. Along with my wife, the comics artist Sharon Rosenzweig, I create comics and comic videos for the Annals of Internal Medicine. I express my passion for promoting science literacy by creating science education materials that makes people laugh out loud.
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