Standard Deviations? Perhaps you dream of someday defending your groundbreaking thesis on the formulation of high-temperature superconductors while reclining in a frothing hot tub. Or maybe you picture yourself as a high-powered principal investigator who runs a lab with military precision and wears a tie, keeping it firmly knotted even after the last grad student has called it a night.

MIGRANT: Rob Elia has seen science on both coasts.
Of course, when you're looking to settle down to a life of science, you'll want to choose a lab or institution where you can work most productively and receive optimal stimulation from your colleagues. But perhaps you should consider which geographical locale might offer the most natural habitat for your quirks. If you possess a penchant for conducting your affairs from the comfort of your redwood patio furniture, you might consider sampling the culture of sunny California. But if the...

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