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Before he had “Dr.” in front of his name, Art Shaffer was a college student at the University of Delaware trying to figure out his path just like so many undergraduates. Eventually, he decided to take his love for science and double down on it — first, getting his BA in Biology, then signing up for grad school at Johns Hopkins U School of Medicine to pursue his Ph.D. In the years since, Dr. Art Shaffer, Ph.D., landed a much-coveted job as Staff Scientist in the Lymphoid Malignancies Branch, National Cancer Institute, at the National Institutes of Health where he and others are working tirelessly to find the cure for the 400+ diagnosed cancers.  When all is said and done, Dr. Shaffer shares that the long path and hard work was absolutely worth it due to the many lessons he has learned along the way, and considering the fact that nothing beats a job you love getting up for in the morning. Whether you got an A or F in high school biology class, Dr. Shaffer’s warm, outgoing, friendly and fascinating style will leave Java Junkies wanting more in this episode.


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  • The top 2 skills needed to become a great researcher (14:09)
  • How networking works in the scientific community (19:30)
  • How to best spend your time between undergrad and grad school if you want to go into the sciences and/or research worlds (27:59)
  • How to recover from a major screw up (maybe more than 1) and still achieve your dreams (29:51)
  • What to do when you get a bad professional review and how to bounce back (33:47)
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