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Opinions on the GSI

ASCB members may have heard about proposed changes at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to reduce the current hypercompetitive funding atmosphere that currently exists among NIH-funded investigators. Since the Grant Support Index (GSI)  … Read more

Opinion by Charles Easley

For background and information on the GSI and NGRI, click here Opinion by Charles Easley As an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) in academia here in the US, it’s becoming harder and harder to tell my  … Read more

Opinion by Mark Peifer

For background and information on the GSI and NGRI, click here Note:  Our current biomedical research enterprise in the US faces a number of significant challenges. Here I focus on one of them—the impact that  … Read more

Opinion by Jessica Polka

For background and information on the GSI and NGRI, click here Even after passing through the bottleneck between a postdoc and a faculty position, early career researchers face an uncertain future. This “survival curve” (found  … Read more

Opinion by Tom Pollard

For background and information on the GSI and NGRI, click here Given that the problems are obvious, the strength of the pushback NIH has received on the GSI is amazing. I discussed the issues informally  … Read more

Journal of Postdoctoral Research: an avenue for postdocs to publish their science

As scientists, we need to become good at critiquing our own and our peers’ research. Analyzing and commenting on research outcomes promotes our own ability to interpret data and realize all its caveats. Writing about  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work: Ron Vale on converting chemical energy into mechanical work and curiosity into discovery

Ron Vale is a professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology Department at the University of California, San Francisco and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Vale’s lab studies how the contents of  … Read more