Effects of the Fair Labor Standards Act Update (or Lack Thereof) on the Postdoctoral Population

On December 1, 2016, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was meant to be updated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and this update was predicted to have a profound effect on the academic enterprise, including postdoctoral researchers. The situation was greatly complicated when,  … Read more

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Using U.S. Census data to understand and reform biomedicine

In late 2016, Nature published a special issue (Vol 538, Issue , 27 October 2016) on “Young Scientists”, leading with the Editorial, “Early-career researchers need fewer burdens and more support” (Editorial 2016).1 The opening paragraph of the editorial stated what those of us working on  … Read more

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Winners of Comic Strip Announced

The ASCB is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Comic Contest organized by the Committee for Postdocs and Students.   Congratulations to…   1st place:  Natalie Sirisaengtaksin; University of Texas Health Science Center “But he’s so hard to shop for…” 2nd place: Rachel  … Read more

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2016 in review

As the year ends and 2017 begins, it is a good time to review events over the past year and set new goals for the next year. It is time to reflect on the past, take pride in achievements, and learn from mistakes. Most importantly  … Read more

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Pursuing My Sister’s Dream through Summer Outreach

In my school days like most of my fellow students, I felt bored in science classes, which were then mostly lectures. But my elder sister, Shyamali Ghosh, who would later became an accomplished scientist, an organic and medicinal chemist, always taught me that if I could relate a  … Read more

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Collaborations: Pros and Cons

  Collaborations between scientists have become integral to speeding up research progress and making more discoveries in shorter time periods. Bringing several researchers together offers the exciting prospect of testing a hypothesis using diverse techniques. Also, confirmation of a theory by researchers in different laboratories  … Read more

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Shape Your Career Plans at the ASCB Annual Meeting

Not sure if academia is for you? Wondering what other options are out there? Uncertain about which nonacademic career would be the right fit? In addition to all the awesome science talks lined up at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting, ASCB’s COMPASS (Committee for Postdocs and  … Read more

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The Imperfect Mathematics: Grants + Publications = Academic Jobs = Individual Success + Broken System

If you are a scientist, you know at least a little bit about the current crisis academia is suffering. The large number of PhD students inside a system that does not have enough academic jobs for all of them after they finish their postdoctoral training  … Read more

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How to Prepare for and Take Advantage of the Upcoming Conference Season

ASCB PhotoAn academic year is over, and a new one has begun. For us in the lab, it may seem like nothing has changed as our daily load of experiments continues. But the way I see it, a new academic year ushers in new conferences  … Read more

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How Competitive Should Science Be?

Duncker, Karl (1945). On Problem Solving, Psychological Monographs, 58, American Psychological Association OCLC: 9687931Intense competition in the biomedical sciences has been a hot topic recently, pinned as everything from the impetus to commit fraud to a symptom of the overall unsustainability of the research ecosystem.  … Read more

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