Though it may surprise some, PI's (Principal Investigators) are people too, and hence come in a variety of flavors. Here are some phenotypes that I have noted. I have no doubt I am one (or more) of them. (**NEW additions on: 3/2014, 5/2014, 5/2015)
The Cowboy PI - Offers bold predictions in his papers, goes WAY beyond what the data actually show.
The Pinhead PI - Knows only one technique. Chooses scientific questions answerable by that technique, ignoring all else.
The Barista - Super-nice to everyone, but really has nothing much to say.
I am always amazed at how almost every table-thumping, "has-to-be-right" idea that I have is proven wrong in the end. However when you think about it, evolution has had millions of years to work out the details but you only have what...two, three years tops to figure it out?
I think most people (scientists and non-scientists alike) fail to understand that the "superstar status" of a scientist has little to do with the significance of what his lab discovers. Experiments done in the boondocks by unknown Joe's have been changing the world for centuries...
Some old ones Reposted...
8/18/13 - A Classification of PI's - find yours' in the list!
7/6/12 - Way to a "Science paper"
5/30/11 - 20/20 Hindsights
9/30/11 - Evolution of a bizzare, new Idea
11/17/2011 - Rationale for curiosty-driven research...
lessons from a 4 year old
1/28/12 - "GTFM" - hilarious article on grant writing!
The PI Blog
This blog exists because my wife seemed a bit tired of being the only recipient of my random pontifications on life and Science for many years; and gently encouraged me to vent in a blog instead. From time to time, I put down thoughts that occur to me as I naiively stumble through a life in Science - bestowed upon me by accident (literally!). Please keep in mind that these musings are rather obvious things of little or no use to anyone, and are certainly not personally targeted in any way, even though they are obviously derived from my experiences. OK, enough said.