If you have not read Lisa Genova’s book Still Alice, I highly recommend that you do. Especially if you are interested in neuroscience and neurodegenerative disease. The book, which captures Alzheimer’s Disease in a unique personal light, has now been made into a movie. I am very excited to see it, and I absolutely love Julianne Moore. I will post an update once I see it! Also check out this terrific article about the movie, the story, and more at The Conversation!
Still Alice Official Trailer #1 (2015) – Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth Drama HD
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Also, these are NOT alternate career paths… they are career paths.
Most people who do a PhD and postdoctoral work in the biomedical sciences do not end up as principal investigators in a research lab. Despite this, graduate courses and postdoctoral fellowships tend to focus almost exclusively on training for bench science rather than other career paths. This book plugs the gap by providing information about a wide variety of different careers that individuals with a PhD in the life sciences can pursue.
Covering everything from science writing and grant administration to patent law and management consultancy, the book includes firsthand accounts of what the jobs are like, the skills required, and advice on how to get a foot in the door. It will be a valuable resource for all life scientists considering their career options and laboratory heads who want to give career advice to their students and postdocs.