Dear senior investigators,
When you are invited to give a talk somewhere, and are thus scheduled to have lunch with students and post-docs, PLEASE don’t talk about the following topics:
- The bad state of the economy
- The recent sequester
- How those two things lead to a sad state of funding
- How that leads to very little job opportunities for students and post-docs that want to stay in academia
- Oh wait, industry is not much better at the moment
Because really, we have heard that before and to talk about this a couple times a month with different people really doesn’t add to our morale. Please just talk about other stuff, like science, or your hobbies.