Link: On the importance of altruism in starting academic careers

Jenny Martin has recounted a personal story about her first highly cited paper, which followed an altruistic decision from her postdoctoral supervisor, and includes a nice tribute to the late Ben Barres: “selfless in seattle”

Actually, this post has nothing to do with Seattle. I just liked the title. The theme, eventually, is science leadership through altruism. But to get there, first I need to relate a story that has been on my mind the past week or two.

It’s a good story, and a good lesson about the sources of discoveries.