Aathavan Karunakaran—Imaging Scientist

1. Please describe your current position. As an imaging scientist in a small start up (5-10 people) I was responsible for many aspects of an imaging platform for a clinical diagnostic product. (Note: Th…

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Preparing Your Academic Chalk Talk

If you are one of the lucky applicants to score an interview for a tenure-track academic position, you will want to do everything you can to ensure that your interview is successful. When applying for this position there is one component that is regarded as the most important, yet most underestimate…

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Interdisciplinary Collaborative Programs Support Budding Scientists Early

A 2015 issue of Nature reports that only about 26% of PhD students pursue tenure or tenure-track positions in academia once they ac…

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A Road Less Traveled… Exploring Career Options During the PhD

For 12 weeks at the beginning of this year I was fortunate enough to participate in a fellowship at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. What’s even more exciting is th…

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The Minority Report—When Simply Adding Numbers Is Not Enough

The 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting included a Special Interest Subgroup entitled “Increasing Diversity in a Changing Research Landscape.” This session provided many suggestions and examples of initiatives that have Lesley Weaver[/captio…

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COMPASS Welcomes New Members

Seven ASCB members have been approved by Council to serve on the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) for one-year renewable terms beginning in 2016: Anupam Das, graduate student at Albany Medical College Alyssa Lesko, graduate student at the University of Notre Dame Wahid Mulla, graduat…

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Science Advocate for a Day

A great way to advocate for science funding is by participating in Capitol Hill days. Many groups and professional organizations plan Capitol Hill Day visits where scientists get together to advoca…

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Ask a Scientist: An Exercise in Communication Training

While there is a growing awareness of the necessity for increasing science communication skills for graduate students and postdocs, there remains an unfortunate lack of formal training opportunities available at many leading institutions. Numerous student- and postdoc-led groups have been formed at …

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How to choose a good mentor

A critical decision for a young scientist is choosing a mentor. Often when new students begin graduate school, they have ambiguous and maybe misguided ideas about how …

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