How to join the conversation
November/December 2017 NewsletterDear Labby

Dear Labby, I am a second-year PhD student who joined a large lab full of confident and opinionated senior graduate students and postdocs. I find the environment stimulating and my lab-mates interesting and funny, and I love my research project. However, I was raised in  … Read more

Choosing the right mentor for career success

Mentoring is critical for the development and training of independent scientists but, all too often, not enough emphasis is placed on choosing the right mentor. Mentors not only provide technical and experimental support but should aid in both career development and life guidance. Importantly, mentoring  … Read more

How bystanders can help end sexual harassment in academia

It seems that you can’t open a news site without hearing another story about sexual harassment of women or worse. Whether it is in entertainment or science, the cycle of bad behavior followed by outrage leading to inaction has become depressing in its regularity. It  … Read more

Learning the Art of Leading a Lab
November/December 2017 NewsletterWICB Columns

The career objective of many junior scientists is to become a PI—to finally be the person to define the vision of the lab, design research goals, uncover the secrets of nature, and change the direction of science. After surviving the decade-long process of completing a  … Read more

Starting your professional development in graduate school

Now that I’m in my fifth year of graduate school, everyone asks: “What will you do after you graduate?” I know they’re expecting a confident, specific answer—I chaired my department’s career development committee, so of course, I know! But I don’t, at least not with  … Read more

Ruminations on Art and Science

The arts and sciences both have been described as the search for beauty and truth. Artists seek to understand the human condition (truth) and explore the boundaries of beauty, constantly moving the previously established target. Scientists seek understanding about the human body, while mathematicians throughout  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work: Valentina Greco on cultivating a passionate research team

Valentina Greco is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Genetics, Cell Biology and Dermatology at Yale University, and is a member of the Yale School of Medicine Stem Cell Center and Cancer Center. The Greco lab is shedding new light on the mysterious lives  … Read more

Peer mentoring: colleagues as a resource for your career development
October 2017 NewsletterWICB Columns

“Find a good mentor.” At each level of our career, this is the advice we receive from well-meaning advisors.1 Professional development panels always include advice on the importance of cultivating mentoring relationships with more-established scientists. These vertical relationships are critical to strengthening your career, but  … Read more

What’s next after a PhD?
October 2017 NewsletterDear Labby

Dear Labby, I am about 18 months from filing my PhD thesis (finally) and I am considering my post-PhD options. I am thinking not only about a postdoc but also about whether to join a company directly. With a postdoc, I might be competitive for  … Read more

You’re not alone: postdoctoral associations as a way to create a supportive network

The world “postdoc” simply means “after doctorate,” which does not define the job, but rather simply states that one got a PhD. For me, it is like being a frog in the tadpole with legs stage: I don’t look like a tadpole anymore, but I  … Read more