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Uncertain About Uncertainty

Posted Mar 20 2009 3:57pm

I spoke with the one of the deans in charge of the School of Medicine’s graduate programs. We spoke about the program and I asked about the PhD and MS in physiology.

She said there are positives and negatives to science and a job as a scientist. One big positive is the feeling one gets when making a big discovery. There is nothing like it. Unfortunately, those times are rare and one must cherish and hold on to those special moments.

Then she asked me how I deal with uncertainty because, in her mind, there is quite a bit of uncertainty when doing research.

I told her that I wasn’t quite sure. “I guess I’m uncertain about uncertainty,” I answered with a chuckle.

By the look on her face, I don’t think she was too amused…

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