Sunday, May 09, 2010

Scientific ghostwriting as a career option?

Within an article titled Manage Your Career that appears in Chronicle of Higher Education, one finds the following:

For scientists who love to write, several types of positions allow you to get out from behind the bench yet still engage with science. That might mean working for a medical-writing business that produces papers for pharmaceutical companies, developing education materials for medical professionals (we've seen scientists who are doing some amazing things with computer-based training materials), or doing editorial work at Science, Nature, or other specialized journals.

If producing papers for pharmaceutical companies sounds familiar, recall previous IPBiz posts-->

Grassley continues inquiry into medical ghost-writing :

letters, sent electronically Friday [Dec. 12, 2008] by Senator Charles E. Grassley, ask Wyeth and DesignWrite, a medical writing company [based in Princeton, NJ], to disclose payments related to the preparation of journal articles and the activities of doctors who were recruited to put their names on them for publication.

Grassley tracking down physician/faculty who lend names to ghost-written articles

Elsewhere within the Chronicle article:

Technology transfer and patent law interest many scientists. Large universities with extensive research operations usually have offices that investigate the marketability of technology developed within the university. Scientists usually run those offices. If you're interested in patents, law firms and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are logical employers. Law firms that hire scientists often help them pay to go to law school.

IPBiz suggests Chronicle get "up to speed" with present [May 2010] hiring practices at the USPTO.

And then there was a remark in Chronicle about a physics Ph.D.:

Julie and I once knew a physics Ph.D. who ended up in the facilities and real-estate department of a large university. His community activism made him a great fit for a position that involved serving as a liaison between the university and the neighboring community.

LBE contemplates the community (to the south) neighboring the UChicago Law School.

A comment to a different article in Chronicle was of interest:

I've been a college administrator for 17 years at three different universities, all with different missions. People on the outside have no idea how difficult it is to run a university, where consensus is diffused, ambiguiety is prized (avoids the hard decisions), and rampant arrogance is unchecked.

Sort of reminds one of the microcosm of student-run law reviews.

And then in a third article, one finds homelessness and law school juxtaposed:

Homelessness might have its merits, and so might law school, but there are worse ways to spend a decade than discussing novels, poetry, and history with other intelligent and sensitive people.

***On careers in technical writing, from>

In this high-tech age, new groundbreaking tools, mobile devices or innovative gadgets are released on practically a daily basis. Obviously, someone has to write about these ingenious doodads and complicated thingamabobs. That's where technical writers come into play.

Although they sometimes face tight deadlines, technical writers typically enjoy flexible hours and a comfortable, quiet workspace. Quite a few of them have an enviable 10-second commute - from their bedroom to their desk. Because all they need is a phone and a computer with an internet connection, many technical writers work from home.

What's more is that technical writers are extremely high in demand. As technical companies continue to release pioneering new products, someone has to transform their complex technical-ese into everyday language the average customer can comprehend. Technical writers generally earn between $47,000-98,000 a year.

***Separately, are metastudies real studies?

from The study, an analysis of other research called a meta-analysis, did not look at high blood pressure or cancer, which are also linked with high meat consumption.

"To lower risk of heart attacks and diabetes, people should consider which types of meats they are eating," said Renata Micha of the Harvard School of Public Health, whose study appears in the journal Circulation.


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