#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 17th, 2014 10:10
#2 By: jbg, January 17th, 2014 10:49
I'd take that job over the folks that have to collect anal swabs and squeeze fecal pellets out of wild bats in the search for the MERS-CoV reservoir. That is some glamor there.
#3 By: IMB, January 17th, 2014 10:55
It's such important research which might actually save the world. It doesn't sound like awful work just something that needs to be done meticulously to not cause harm. No shame in that at all.
#4 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 17th, 2014 11:01
Oh, I agree. It's just one of those jobs that's hard to explain to family and friends without sounding completely ridiculous.
"So, what do you do every day at your fellowship, honey"
"Um, I shave bees, mom."
#5 By: Mindy Clegg, January 17th, 2014 11:17
As a not quite as glamorous because I'm in the humanities graduate student, I approve this snark. And I wish I did something as important as shave bees so we can better understand colony collapse. Mostly, I just warp young minds.
#6 By: hamish strong, January 17th, 2014 11:38
I think you could reasonably argue that pursuit of the humanities is also an attempt to better understand colony collapse...
#7 By: IMB, January 17th, 2014 11:41
The answer should be, "Well, sort of", since you mentioned honey.
#8 By: Cary, January 17th, 2014 11:55
Just say that you are a beeswaxer or perhaps an apis-esthetician.
#9 By: Wrecksdart, January 17th, 2014 13:20
The rule says, mention graduate students and you get the video:
And then it puts the lotion in the basket.
#10 By: Mindy Clegg, January 17th, 2014 15:38
That made me feel like this...
#11 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 22nd, 2014 10:10
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