“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

I had a very bad thing happen to me a couple of months ago. A very bad thing related to my scientific career. It does not affect my current position, so don’t worry about me. I am still upset enough that I don’t even want to type the details, but it boils down to this:

Somebody recently MADE their career off the bleached bones of my research.

And they didn’t credit me.

This kind of academic research-jacking happens all the time. This was made particularly painful because if I had been able to continue pursuing the research program that Katrina cut short, they wouldn’t have gotten away with it.

BUT, here’s the silver lining.

In the midst of my crazy-making episode over it, I called my very best friend, in the middle of her own issues, and she listened and devoted the exactly appropriate amount of righteous indignation and sympathy on my behalf.  Even though this is way out of her area of expertise. Even though she was in the middle of a social engagement.

It occurs to me that I don’t thank her for her friendship nearly enough.


Thanks, girlfriend, with all my love.

August 18th, 2008 at 1:29 pm
2 Responses to “Career sabotage and girl kisses”
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    Amy-Renee Says:

    Oh my god! Are you trying to make me cry??! Right here at work?!?! I love you too! I was just sitting here thinking about you so I decided to check your site and then THIS!! And then tears! You’re the best friend and there’s no way I deserve you! Thanks for everything and all the years of understanding or at least tolerating me!!


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    No way to reach out and throttle them? Get your name in on the plagerizing sob?