Looking Beyond Science

Several graduate students, particularly the ones looking to move out of academia, are often bombarded with the same question toward the end of their program: What should I do if I am not planning to stay in science? Will my skill set be enough to  … Read more

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Accepting the Challenge of the Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize is awarded to individuals whose entire life’s work has culminated into knowledge that can be utilized to benefit humanity. But Nobel Prize winners are not child protégés with special training. Like the rest of us, they ventured into their PhD studies with  … Read more

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COMPASS Sessions at the Annual Meeting Target Career and Professional Development

COMPASS is dedicated to serving postdoc and graduate student needs both throughout the year and at the ASCB annual meeting. As mentioned in last week’s blog post by COMPASS co-chair Bruno da Rocha-Azevedo, our COMPASS survey revealed that a major concern for postdocs and graduate  … Read more

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Understanding the concerns of students and postdocs and a look to the future

This is my final blog post as co-chair of COMPASS – it has been an honor to represent students and postdocs in the leadership of ASCB and create opportunities to discuss our career successes and struggles, increase diversity, and improve training for our futures as  … Read more

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To Lead or Be Liked?

As a woman, one of my biggest insecurities has always been being labeled as too domineering, bossy, or direct. Though this description may seem counter to how many might instinctively describe me, many people do not realize the internal psyche and struggle that is inherent  … Read more

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Add an Extra Dose of Science to Government Rulemaking

Democracies tend to have common expectations embedded in their culture. The most fundamental of these is that we insist our government responds to our views and policy preferences. While some cynicism about the political system is healthy, representative government only functions over the long term  … Read more

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Using social media to promote your work

Imagine you have a paper that has just been published, or you are presenting at a scientific meeting and you want to share your successes… but how? Fear not, you can use social media to promote your scientific accomplishments! I have some tips for using  … Read more

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Mandatory non-academic internships: A solution to the problem of PhD surplus?

The scientific community has been grappling with an over-supply of trained PhDs for some time now. The economic slow-down and major funding cuts have only exacerbated this problem. In the current environment, less than one in five successful PhDs manage to secure long-term academic positions.  … Read more

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The Early Career Meeting Grants: What’s New?

SPREAD THE WORD! Applications are now being accepted for ASCB’s Early Career Meeting Grants (formerly known as Local Meeting Grants) the next deadline is January 16, 2017! ASCB’s newly revamped Early Career Meeting Grants (originally ASCB Local Meetings) aim to re-focus on the education and  … Read more

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Tips to Combat Research Blues

Picture it: You’re in the throes of multiple experiments. Your lunch and dinner are often out of a paper sack and most likely eaten in less than 15 minutes. When you leave your house in the morning, it’s dark. When you go home at night,  … Read more

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