The importance of an elevator speech

It’s called an “elevator pitch” or “speech,” but it could also be referred to as the “water cooler speech,” the “cocktail party speech,” or the standard blurb you use at your family get-togethers. When time is limiting (e.g., an elevator ride), it helps to have  … Read more

A window into a scientific career in Japan
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Being a scientist is a special job. We can do our research everywhere in the world. This freedom means we can choose to work on potentially every continent—so why waste an opportunity to work abroad? The advantages are many. On a scientific level, working abroad  … Read more

Out and back: How searching for a non-academic career led me to academia
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In college, I joined the cross country team. I wanted to try something new and they needed bodies. To get my baseline mileage up, I ran a lot of out and backs – going from point A to point B and then tracing the path  … Read more

PALM Network: Developing Science Educators One Best Practice at a Time
August 2018 Newsletter

Helping to develop top-notch science educators is among ASCB’s top goals as a society. To support this endeavor, in 2016 ASCB and other societies and organizations piloted the Promoting Active Learning and Mentor (PALM) Network. The PALM Network is a National Science Foundation–funded program that  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work: Omar Quintero on the power of undergraduate scientists
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Omar Quintero is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond, in Richmond, VA. The University of Richmond is a liberal arts school and a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI). Quintero’s lab is broadly interested in the genes and proteins involved in cellular motility  … Read more

Conflict in the Lab: A Problem and an Opportunity
June 2018 Newsletter

  Conflict is a normal part of working with other people. If it is identified early and resolved effectively, it can be an engine for productivity and improvement. If it is left unresolved, the damage it can cause—both professional and personal—can be significant. When we  … Read more

Writing as a scientist: a skill for life
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In today’s intense research environment, scientists must become effective communicators in order to gain a competitive edge and to make a difference in their communities. Explaining science to the public is an essential skill for any scientist, whether it is to engage with the public  … Read more

preLights: Preprint highlights for biology
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Preprints are a growing trend that is pushing the pace of dissemination of scientific information. preLights is a new service that selects and highlights preprints in a wide range of biological fields and can help you keep up to date! First, what are preprints? Preprints are unpublished  … Read more

Leticia Vega
Critical Career Transitions: So I Got Tenure, Now What?
June 2018 Newsletter

Three pillars of faculty development at most institutions are teaching, scholarship, and service. Though much attention has been given to recruiting and retaining a diverse pool of scientists (including cell biologists) from graduate school though the postdoc years to junior faculty and finally tenure, one  … Read more

Finding your grad school family
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The scientific community is comprised mostly of transplants–people who work or study somewhere far from home and family. I find that grad school tends to take us even further from home. Many of my colleagues, myself included, received our bachelor’s degrees close to home, but  … Read more