Monday, August 23, 2010

Sending out an SOS...

Liz Stillwaggon Swan, PhD 2008, recounts her job search saga, using The Police song Message in a Bottle as a heuristic device:

"Perhaps the only glimmer of hope offered by the song comes in the last verse, which recounts the castaway's discovery one morning, upon waking and finding "a hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore." That discovery affords him the comforting realization that "I'm not alone at being alone"; he's just one of the "hundred billion castaways, looking for a home."

If those of us on the academic market cannot be assured that someone will find our message and secure our rescue, we can at least take comfort in the fact that we're not alone. Here's to hoping that this year, more of us will find an academic home after the long search from that lonely island."

I love this woman. (Plus, her research sounds super cool: "My research incorporates philosophy and natural science; specifically, I'm interested in the biological origins of the mammalian mind.")

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