Career Perspectives: Michael Lang, Consulting Associate at Charles River Associates
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Please describe your current position. I use quantitative and qualitative market research as well as structured analytics to deliver insights that help pharmaceutical and biotech clients value and prioritize market opportunities and launch new brands. I work with multiple teams across CRA’s life sciences practice  … Read more

Five fun ways to keep up with science outside your job
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Remember before science was your job? Chances are, you were a science-lover who read up on and was curious about all different types of science. I certainly used to be excited about all things science, from neuroscience to botany to astrophysics. However, the day science  … Read more

Burnout syndrome: five ways to keep it together
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Science is an extremely intensive endeavor. The erratic hours, the long experiments in the lab, and the repeated streaks of inconsistent or negative data together take a toll. What’s more, science is stressful. Deadlines for grants and various funding applications, committee meetings, project meetings, paper  … Read more

Five tips for explaining your basic science research to non-scientists
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One of the hardest challenges we face as scientists is describing our work to friends and family from different walks of life without completely baffling them. We all love what we do and given the opportunity we could rant about our research for days. However,  … Read more

A positive spin on the power of negative data
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When discussing our recent experiments, I often hear fellow grad students say, “it didn’t work.” But, in fact, the experiment did work; it just wasn’t the needed or expected result. In other words, it was a negative result. Why do we immediately correlate negative results  … Read more

Resources to address challenges for international students and postdocs
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All scientific career paths are paved with many obstacles to being successful, and individuals can experience different or additional barriers that are not based on their scientific work, depending on their background. International scientists in the U.S. are one such group, requiring specific visas. Challenges  … Read more

Three steps for scientists in the pursuit of happiness
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It’s the beginning of a new year and a great time to set new life and career goals. Although we all have different goals in life, the number one goal for everybody should be the same: to be happy. It might sound trivial, but if  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work: Eva Nogales on making pictures of proteins worth a thousand words
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Eva Nogales is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley; a Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator. The Nogales Lab uses cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to visualize macromolecular protein  … Read more

Five tips for transitioning from PhD to postdoc

The end of your PhD is one of the most hectic times of your life. You have a huge list of experiments to finish, papers to complete, a thesis to write, a defense to prepare for, as well as the small matter of applying for  … Read more

Putting active learning into practice: an interview with PALM fellow Christopher Baker and PALM mentor Michelle Smith

This blog post originally appeared on Genes to Genomes, the Genetics Society of America blog. Are you a postdoc looking for hands-on education experience and mentoring? Or a faculty member interested in bringing evidence-based, effective active learning strategies into your classroom? The PALM (Promoting Active Learning  … Read more