Ten years of career lessons

Ten years of career lessons

Bethesda, Maryland—Todd Pihl has changed jobs so many times that when he was speaking at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) career symposium earlier this month he couldn’t recall exactly how many companies he’s worked at. Four or five, he told the grad student and postdoc attendees, though his LinkedIn profile places him at six. When he spoke at the first such NIH career symposium 10 years ago, he was at a startup that worked with universities to set up career development resources for Ph.D. holders. Later, he founded a…

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5 Lessons I Taught My Children About the Food on Their Plates

5 Lessons I Taught My Children About the Food on Their Plates

Even when your garden is filled with a crop of sprouting grass, as ours is at this point in the season, you can still teach your children some of the basic principles of food production. Hard work, the complementary gifts of soil and water, and the disappointment of seeds that never produce food also yield valuable lessons. As parents, one of the most fundamental opportunities we can pass on to our children is that of experiential learning. Life is best lived hot (the beating noonday sun) or cold (the icy…

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