Archive for: November, 2014

Poll for SfN BANTER attendees

Nov 24 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

And another SfN is in the books. Like every year, each day was a whirlwind of science, coffee, shmoozing, more science, more coffee, and a nightcap or three over more shmoozing. Speaking of shmoozing, did you go to BANTER? It was KILLER! Thanks to everyone who showed up, and apologies to those who had to wait in the cold. The bar did not quite believe me when I told them we would probably need a bouncer to regulate in-out flow, but they believed me real quick when we reached capacity 10 minutes into the party. Huge props to Churchkey for acting swiftly and keeping things running smoothly, and major thanks to F1000 for footing the bill!

So here's a question for you: did you, as a reader of the blog and/or twitterer, get what you wanted out of BANTER? Did you meet folks you'd hoped to meet? Was it too big? Too full of people who had no idea why they were there? I ask because the original goal of BANTER was more in line with that of a tweet-up--a chance for folks who had been regularly interacting online to meet up IRL--and I wonder if the rapid rise in BANTER's popularity now precludes us reaching those goals. If it does, are you OK with that? Should I stop over-thinking things and just go with the flow (which means planning a party for 250+ people in 2015), or should we have 2 BANTERs, one for everyone and one smaller, more intimate one? I can't decide. Please comment!


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On the market at #sfn14 - what should and shouldn't you do?

Nov 04 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

Are you going to the Society for Neuroscience Annual meeting? Did you just submit a bunch of tenure-track job applications?

If you answered "yes" and "yes" to the above question, you are probably wondering whether there is anything you can do at the meeting to increase your chances of getting short listed. One of the most tempting things might be to find a way to "accidentally" bump into some faculty from the departments you've applied to, but I implore you not to do this. It is creepy and awkward and will likely do little to endear you to the search committee.

The best thing I think you can do is stay at your poster the whole four hours (or give a kick-ass talk if you're in a symposium). If you're on a medium list, there's a chance someone from the search committee might come check out your poster. If that happens, just do your poster spiel and be as nice and likable as possible, no matter what they ask you. Do NOT mention that you applied to their department or ask anything about how their search is going. Capisce?

Basically, just go and be your awesome self. And come to BANTER!

In the comments, feel free to leave related questions or past experiences. Anyone have any informal "interviews" while at the meeting?

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