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Embracing Rejection: the Key to Success?

Norm Dovichi joined our department during my second year as an assistant professor, and we soon discovered a mutual appreciation for coffee and walking. Over the next seven years, he and I would walk to the local coffee shop almost every day. We would often discuss my efforts to set up a lab that sits at the intersection of cancer biology and analytical chemistry.

In particular, I catalogued – in gory detail – each rejected proposal and manuscript. Norm observed that the best thing I could do for my career (and sanity) was “to be like a duck and let it roll off your back.” He pointed out that distancing myself enough from the feeling of failure would allow me to use the painful criticism to improve my science.

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Amanda Hummon

Amanda Hummon is Huisking Foundation Inc. Associate Professor at University of Notre Dame, Indianapolis, USA. The interests of the Hummon Research Group lie at the intersection of analytical chemistry and chemical biology, with a focus on cancer biology. They develop high-throughput methods to evaluate the proteome and transcriptome in cancer cells.

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