Five ways to get involved in community science outreach
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The start of the new year is often a time for reflection, gratitude, and thinking about new year’s resolutions. Is one of your resolutions to volunteer more? To give back to your community? Perhaps you can become an advocate for science! Science outreach benefits everyone  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work: Abby Dernburg on meiosis and mindfulness
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Abby Dernburg is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. The Dernburg lab studies the great mysteries of meiosis: how homologous chromosomes successfully pair with each other and how  … Read more

Laptops or No Laptops in Class? It’s Complicated
December 2018 Newsletter

Dear Education Committee, I’m considering a no-laptop policy in my class because I notice that students get distracted when they have their computers open. Is this a good idea? What other factors should I consider in my decision? —Nervous about Notetaking Dear Nervous about Notetaking,  … Read more

Office Hours With the Education Committee – June 2018
June 2018 Newsletter

Dear Educator, I’m a trainee at a research university. I like doing research, but I have enjoyed my experiences teaching students in the classroom and the lab even more. I don’t really know what I want to do when I move on from here, but  … Read more

Mutually beneficial research partnerships for equity and innovation in science
December 2018 Newsletter

When describing commitment necessary in professional sports, the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden described the commitment in terms of your typical breakfast of bacon and eggs. He stated, “The chicken is involved in your breakfast, but the pig is committed.”  … Read more

Collaboration with Biostatisticians: Why, How, When, and Where
December 2018 NewsletterWICB Columns

Biostatistics is the application of statistics to understanding health and biology. It provides powerful tools for developing research questions, designing studies, refining measurements, analyzing data, and interpreting findings. In the most rigorous cell biology studies, we see the increasing use of statistical methods, but too  … Read more

Making the Most of Your Invited Seminar
December 2018 NewsletterDear Labby

DEAR LABBY: I’m a relatively new assistant professor with my own lab. I have been invited to give a seminar by a scientist at a major university whose research overlaps mine. I’m thrilled at the chance to present my research to people who would appreciate  … Read more

Informational interviews: Four ways to transform weak ties into a strong network
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Early on in my graduate career, I did a few informational interviews to learn more about different career options. I also helped design a “protocol” for conducting informational interviews, which we published at Science Careers (check it out for sample emails and lists of questions).  … Read more

Three ways to improve the culture of lab-life balance
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You’re exhausted from working long hours, but have you ever asked yourself how you spent your time? We live in a science culture where we feel like we are good students or postdocs only if we show everybody how hard we work. Right? Not really.  … Read more

Practical tips to make your lab more sustainable
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If you’ve done bench work in a cell biology lab in the last 10 years, you’ve almost certainly used a product called a mini-prep kit to purify plasmid DNA from a bacterial culture. Depending on how many samples you have, it can take a while,  … Read more