Insights for STEM researchers on going global: A voice from the social sciences
Increasing American women’s representation and impact in scientific and technical fields is not only a national imperative—it’s a global goal, and it requires women in STEM to go global! When it comes to international scientific collaborations, women in U.S. institutions face barriers such as gender … Read more
Career Perspectives: Christy Trejo, Research Scientist at BioSpyder Technologies, Inc.
Please describe your current position. BioSpyder Technologies, Inc. is a relatively small biotech company that features a potent assay for high-throughput gene expression profiling. As a research scientist, I am responsible for building on the currently established assay to fit different applications. I design and … Read more
Six ways to start something new in the lab
You walk into the lab right on time (before 9:00 am of course!), pull out your precisely written protocol from your perfectly organized binder, and get to work. After executing each step flawlessly in a space specifically dedicated to this protocol, you get a nice … Read more
Competitive sports and science not so different after all
The Winter Olympics are one of the most exciting athletic events—it’s a culmination of the world’s top athletes putting on their best performances after years of hard work and training! Not to mention, the sports are so intense and dramatic: big air, big wipeouts, big … Read more
We’re all frauds: managing imposter syndrome in grad school
Imposter syndrome (or imposter phenomenon) is the feeling that you do not deserve to be where you are and that you will be exposed as an “imposter.” This is a common phrase I’ve heard people use to describe how they feel in graduate school, and … Read more
Pay to play: should trainees be compensated for extracurricular service?
Graduate students and postdocs participate in various service activities throughout their training. Service occurs in the form of outreach, teaching, advocacy, education, communication, professional development, community building, and administrative work. When I say service, I mean long-term commitments. We’re talking above and beyond, often dozens … Read more
Biotech has a woman problem
The biotechnology industry in the United States is envied and emulated around the world, and is poised to grow explosively in coming decades. It should continue to develop treatments for diseases and conditions thought incurable just a few years ago, based on advancements that continue … Read more
Know an assistant professor in need of grant writing help?
The ASCB Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) Mentoring Program aims to promote grant funding success for junior faculty or senior postdocs at minority-serving institutions and other institutions with a commitment to students that are underrepresented in STEM. By partnering early-career scientists with successful senior … Read more
Alliance of scientific societies for broad participation in STEM
The Biophysical Society and the ASCB are leading an effort with the support of the National Science Foundation to create an Alliance of Scientific Societies for Broad Participation in STEM to promote participation in STEM by the next generation of scientists. The other founding partners … Read more
Bullying in science: let’s face the problem
The likelihood of a good scientist succeeding depends on infinite factors. At some point, we have all experienced the fact that being lucky is equally as important as being smart and passionate. Part of being lucky depends on human social interactions. One such example is … Read more