What happens to someone who is “swallowed up” by work commitments? You start to imagine–or think you do…


The departmental hallway, recently

About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery. "Saving One" is my most recent novel set at the National Institutes of Health. Now IN PRESS: Today's Curiosity is Tomorrow's Cure: The Case for Basic Biomedical Research (CRC PRESS, 2021). All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising.
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4 Responses to Imaginings

  1. Bob O'H says:

    I think he’s (for it must be a he) saying “Nope, there’s no glass ceiling up here”.

  2. Stephen Moss says:

    Ah, I see we’re not the only ones to send work-shy post-docs to the ceiling space. We have a scale of punitive measures that operate in the lab, beginning with a brief but humiliating 20 minutes on the ‘naughty step’ for a messy western blot, all the way up to an hour in the ceiling space for infecting a culture of valuable primary cells. Good to see you have a similar no nonsense code of practice on the other side of the pond.

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