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Kate Hertweck
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The value of a few kind words in academia and science.
At the last Evolution poster session, I came across a first year graduate student whose short research grant I recalled reviewing last spring for a professional society. Like all students (dare I say all scientists?), her writing was a bit rough around the ...
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Decreasing conference awkwardness.
If we're very honest with ourselves, we'll likely agree that academics, particularly scientists, are quite an awkward bunch. Put a few thousand of us together in an unfamiliar environment, and we spend lots of time searching for people we know (or need to k...
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8. Get drunk and look for grad students to schtup.
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Want someplace to go at Evolution 2014 after regularly scheduled events? Check out my map of downtown Raleigh!
After attending a few large professional conferences, you start to realize that some of the best ideas happen after the scheduled events of the meeting, when folks head off to restaurants and bars to socialize into the wee hours of the morning. I also know ...
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Data management and maturing as a scientist.
I attended an awesome workshop last week called Data Carpentry . I briefly mentioned my attendance at a Software Carpentry Bootcamp a few years back, and suffice it to say that I was really excited for another two days of computational bootcamping. I even m...
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Failure, storytelling, and science.
It's been quiet around here at Princess Tradescantia lately, but I'm excited to report back with a few of my recent adventures! In January I had an opportunity to participate in a storytelling event co-sponsored by some fantastic folks: The Monti , UNC's Mo...
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Knitting and Science: It's a knitbot, but I'm so confused!
An article about a "knitting machine powered by tweets" came across my newsfeed this morning. "How cute!" I thought. "A knitbot! Knitting, technology, and tweeting? This is relevant to my interests!" So I clicked through the link, and down the rabbit hole I...
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Con drop and lessons learned from Evolution/iEvoBio 2014
I'm in the midst of processing the aftermath of seven very full days of scientific conference . After almost twelve hours of sleep, I'm feeling a bit of a science hangover.  It occurs to me that this post-conference experience is not unprecedented or unfami...
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Planning for Evolution 2014
Now that I've spent some serious time going through the Evolution 2014 program and trying to plan my daily schedule, I find I'm completely exhausted and ready for a mental break. I'm not even sure why I bothered putting together a list of fun bars in downto...
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Rebranding scientists: rock stars and princesses
Given my recent (and successful !) job search, I've thought a lot over the last several months about how I'm perceived as a scientist. My musings generally relate to how I explain my own expertise to my peers, both within subfields and to a broader set of a...
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Adventures in transitioning from post-doc to professor.
It's that time of year. After dwelling in an esoteric professional purgatory for a few months, I can finally start to visualize where my career will be heading when my time as a post-doc has ended. In my case, I'm happy to say I'll be joining the Biology De...
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Knitting and Science: Molecules!
I thought it was time to take another look at geeky knitting, this time moving away from organisms and more towards molecular biology. Chromosome hat,  Ravelry project ,   pattern I think this hat would be awesome with the chromosomes knit in different colo...
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Knitting and Science: Plants!
There's a long tradition of incorporating botanical designs into knitting, including many lace patterns inspired by and named after flowers/gardens, and entire books of patterns for creating flowers . Like all other knitted objects, these range from abstrac...
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  • University of Missouri–Columbia
    Biology, 2005 - 2011
  • Western Kentucky University
    Biology, History, Communication, 2001 - 2005
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    postdoctoral fellow, 2011 - present
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