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Katie Whitehead
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Anger and Innovation
About a month into my maternity leave last year, I received a rejection from a grant mechanism called the NIH New Innovator Award. Although rejections never feel good, this one really hurt. The proposal, which I loved, had garnered encouraging (but not fund...
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Five
Five years ago, I came to Carnegie Mellon and walked into an empty office. I didn't know what to make of the blank space, just for me. Private space was unheard of in my huge postdoc lab, and decorating my own home always required compromise with my husband...
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Young Genius Professors
A couple of times per year, I will attend some kind of event - maybe a conference, maybe a reception at my university - where I have occasion to converse with a senior professor. In this case, "senior" professor refers to someone of the 60+ variety, often o...
Young Genius Professors
Young Genius Professors
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In Failure, There is Hope
I read an opinion article at Scientific American this morning that bothered me. But Katie , my husband would say, many things bother you . This may be true, but my feathers are ruffled enough this morning to write. The thesis of the SA article is that scien...
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A Different Kind of Tumor
My season of summer conferences is over for the year, which included two Gordon Research Conferences ( GRCs ). I've come to enjoy the intensive networking and animated scientific discussions at these conferences - but I'm always reminded of my first GRC, in...
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My Advice for Young Faculty
Hindsight is 20/20, and the gift of a retake is rare. We do our best with what's in front of us. -- I met with a new engineering faculty member this week, and he wanted a run-down of my top advice as he got started. Here are the four big points from what I ...
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What's behind you
When I was in grad school, I went through a major life change that caused me to question myself and my decisions more deeply than ever before. It was one of the darkest periods of my life, and I was searching desperately for direction and a sense that I'd b...
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What's Tenure Got to Do With It?
The fall is the season of travel for me, days spent whizzing through airports in smart blazers, conference sessions filled with prime science, and conversations with my long lost colleagues over beer. Three years into my position, the topic of tenure and pr...
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The AIChE Annual Meeting: A Primer
Once a year, the heavens part, and thousands of chemical engineers rain down upon a fortuitous city somewhere in the U.S.A., gathering for the annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) meeting. That's pronounced A-I-C-H-E, not achy. My heart i...
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