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The Perimeter of Wisdom

by Bill Watterson

by Bill Watterson

When this happens in graduate school, they give you your degree and kick you out.

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There are those groups where you keep wondering why they let you in. I’m not talking about impostor syndrome (I went to graduate school – I know that of which I speak), but the kind of group where you are pretty sure folks know exactly who/what you are and they let you stick around anyway. Maybe it was an older sibling letting you tag along when you were younger. Maybe it was a pick-up basketball team that doesn’t care about your lousy jump shot. Maybe it is your life partner.

If we exclude my partner (what was she thinking?), my “that group” is Science for the People*. Starting in 2010, I gradually migrated from fan, to brief guest, to occasional source of information, to official team member. I still maintain that I have the easiest job on the crew.

That is why I’m so pleased that we have launched the Science for the People Patreon CampaignScience for the People has been a labor of love by the entire team for years. The Patreon Campaign is designed to make it possible for those that labor the hardest on producing Science for the People can keep producing the best science podcast** you can find.

*Here, I am in the position to make people put up with me, the poor bastards.
**Conflict of interest disclosure.

People’s Republic of Science

sftpNo one does the long form science interview like Science for the People does the long form science interview*. If you have time to listen to Science for the People, then you have time to complete the mere ten questions that make up the Science for the People Listener Survey (if you want, you can save time by skipping the credits where they say I am marginally useful).

Think of it as your civic obligation to keep great science programming coming at your earholes – like voting, except that here your opinion actually matters.

*Probabilistically speaking, this is quite likely to be literally true.


For the past year and a half, Lou Woodley and I have been running MySciCareer, a website with first person science career stories. It’s not just jobs in research and it’s not just jobs outside of research – it’s both. MSCQuote_JenniferGardy

If you just watch the images on the front page for a while (or look at the ones in this post), you’ll see a lot of very different jobs and people come by. Researchers, writers, teachers, politicians, startup founders. The only thing they have in common is that they have been trained as a scientist at some point in their lives.


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Things You Need for a Treasure Hunt

AdventureI have not made my fondness for The Curated Tee‘s children’s shirts. They are also some of my daughters’ favorite shirts. We love the variety of art on these shirts from incredibly creative artists.

We were all very happy when Mandy & Vanessa extended the shirt sizes to 6T, but now I’m jealous they don’t do adult sizes.

I know that I should be a good nered and stick with the anatomical heart shirt as my personal favorite, but the new Treasure Hunt shirt featuring art from Ruby & Wolf is irresistable.

Right now, you can get 20% off a 3-month subscription at The Curated Tee by using the code TREASUREHUNT.