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

Establish an official postdoctoral association in five easy steps

Transitions to new career stages are always critical steps in one’s life. Whether you are moving on to be an undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoc, it is always comforting to have a group of people you can identify with. Joining a postdoctoral association (PDA) at  … Read more

Career Perspectives: Bret L. Judson, Imaging Facility Manager at Boston College

Please describe your current position. At Boston College, I manage all aspects of the light microscopy imaging facility housed within the Department of Biology. The facility serves the entire Boston College campus community. In addition to managing the imaging facility, I also teach the Advanced  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work: Hari Shroff on making microscopes sharper, faster, and gentler (no apps or gadgets required)

Hari Shroff is a Senior Investigator at the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and the Chief of the Section on High Resolution Optical Imaging (HROI). Shroff and his team are closing the gap between (to paraphrase Hari’s own words) what is currently  … Read more

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