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Thu
30
Apr

Mama M: Taken for Granted

Dear Mama M,

What do I do if I have a friend who I feel is often taking me for granted? I don’t want to confront her because I don’t want to hurt her feelings, and I don’t want to make a big deal out of it or risk losing the friendship. Maybe I am wrong for feeling this way, but it does make me feel bad much of the time, and I don’t really know what to do. Any advice?

Sincerely, Totally Taken for Granted

 

Dear Totally Taken for Granted (TTfG-not to be confused with TGIF),

I am so very glad that you asked!! Believe it or not, I have given this topic a lot of thought. Sometimes friends have different ways of looking at things and sometimes friends are frenemies.  What does your heart tell you about this friend?  If they are full of crap, self-centered, and un-loving then perhaps it is time to ease on down the road. But, if you feel like there is a chance to learn and grow here then you are very lucky sugar.

Wed
15
Apr

Mama M: Living A Lie

Dear Mama M,

There’s all this talk about how the biomedical workforce is shifting, and there are not enough academic jobs to accommodate all the PhD students currently being trained. PIs, however, are not traditionally supportive of students who want “alternative careers,” partly because they don’t know how to support our career development in these directions, and they don’t want these pursuits to take time away from lab. I don’t even want to do research after I graduate, but I’m afraid to tell my thesis committee. On the one hand, I want to tell them because I don’t want to waste my time in pursuit of high-profile publications that I don’t need. But what if this changes how they view me, and they don’t want to waste their time guiding a student who doesn’t want to do research?

- Living a Lie

Thu
02
Apr

New UCSF Alcohol Policy is Indicative of Deeper Problems

By Akshay Govind
Staff Writer

There has been a fair amount of attention paid to UCSF’s new policy that a staff or faculty member must be present at campus events that will be serving alcohol. On one hand, administrators have put the policy forth to help ensure student safety, but on the other hand, many students who are able to make their own legal decisions about alcohol in any other setting feel infantilized or insulted by the need for a chaperone.

Thu
05
Mar
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New alcohol policies for RCOs insulting to adult students

MORE: UCSF announces new restrictions on alcohol policy

By Nicolas Strauli
Contributing Writer

The UCSF administration has decided to institute a new alcohol policy for student clubs, where alcohol can be consumed during club meetings only if a faculty or staff member is present. 

As an organizer of a registered UCSF club, I find this policy extremely inconvenient. As a student, I find this policy offensive. Almost by definition, student clubs are geared toward student issues. As a result, it will likely be extremely difficult to persuade faculty or staff to take time out of their busy schedules to attend every meeting. 

Wed
18
Feb
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Jon Stewart Exits The Daily Show at Exactly the Right Moment

Jon Stewart satirizing the 2012 presidential candidates (credit: Comedy Central)

By Akshay Govind
Staff Writer

I was a senior in high school in 1999 when Jon Stewart took over The Daily Show from Craig Kilborn, and I am a little embarrassed to admit I was initially skeptical of the transition. I had grown used to Kilborn’s “Five Questions” shtick (which would leave with him as intellectual property) and perhaps I bought into the poster-boy smile and the light hair on the brawny frame we had all come to expect from someone who would play the role of half nighttime talk-show host and half newscaster.

Wed
18
Feb
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All Lives Matter: A reflection on intolerance and misunderstanding this Black History Month

SFGH prayer vigil, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 (credit: David Hand)

Last week in a quiet neighborhood near the University of North Carolina campus, three young Muslim students—one of whom was bound for dental school and all of whom were active in humanitarian efforts—were murdered over a parking space. The alleged perpetrator was a self-identified atheist whose social media feeds appeared to be filled with hostility toward Islam and other religions. Police are investigating whether this was a hate crime.

To honor these lives cut far too short, residents at SFGH organized a vigil last Thursday.

Wed
19
Nov
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Many Career Paths for PhDs

Possibilities outside of an academic research position for Ph.D. scientists

by Noushin Nabavi, Ph.D.
Contributing Writer

All major scientific journals are now covering the shortage of academic positions and funding for trained scientists, and many key university decision makers acknowledge that we are in a period of funding stagnation. As such, I find it necessary to engage in the ever-evolving and active discussion about career possibilities and opportunities for PhD graduates. The dire research-funding situation may take decades, according to a UCSF panel discussion on “Thinking creatively about postdocs.”

Wed
22
Oct
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Proposal: Postdoc Debate Do-Over

Matthew Cook, PhD

Editorial by Matthew Cook, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
 
Hope springs eternal. Even for postdocs.
 
As a second-time postdoc whose first postdoc experience at UCSF was littered with negative training experiences, I was anxious to attend “Thinking Creatively about Postdocs: A Roundtable Discussion with Gregory Petsko and Keith Yamamoto” on October 3rd, and I was happy to learn that the discussion was also being attended by such high-level administration members as Elizabeth Watkins and Bruce Alberts. Although I showed up at the event with high hopes, like many of my fellow postdocs who attended, I left the event disappointed.
 

Wed
22
Oct
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Is UCSF “Thinking Creatively About Postdocs?” - A Report on the Roundtable Discussion

Gregory Petsko, PhD and Keith Yamamoto, PhD

By Bryne Ulmschneider
Staff Writer
 
The much-publicized “Thinking Creatively about Postdocs: A roundtable discussion with Keith Yamamoto and Gregory Petsko” featured two well-respected scientists who have devoted time, energy and attention to addressing institutional problems affecting graduate and postdoctoral training, and both have been extremely vocal advocates of reforming scientific training at both the institutional and national level. However, the October 3rd event at Genentech Hall left many postdocs wondering if the school administration has a cohesive plan for improving postdoctoral training here at UCSF.  
 

Tue
21
Oct
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Mama M: Torn Between Two Worlds

Dear Mama M,

I shouldn't admit this, but I started medical school mainly because I wasn't sure what else to do. What I really wanted was to be a writer, but I knew it was hard and impractical, and I figured I could just do it on the side while making a living as a physician.

I've been doing a bit of freelance and having some success. It's getting harder and harder to convince myself to stick with medicine in light of that.

What do you think? Should I stay or should I go?

 - Torn Between Two Worlds

 

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Dearest Torn

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