Three steps for scientists in the pursuit of happiness

It’s the beginning of a new year and a great time to set new life and career goals. Although we all have different goals in life, the number one goal for everybody should be the same: to be happy. It might sound trivial, but if  … Read more

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How Cell Biologists Work: Eva Nogales on making pictures of proteins worth a thousand words

Eva Nogales is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley; a Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator. The Nogales Lab uses cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to visualize macromolecular protein  … Read more

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Establish an official postdoctoral association in five easy steps

Transitions to new career stages are always critical steps in one’s life. Whether you are moving on to be an undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoc, it is always comforting to have a group of people you can identify with. Joining a postdoctoral association (PDA) at  … Read more

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Spotlight on 2017 Fall COMPASS outreach grant recipients

Science outreach can be many things—teaching and inspiring a younger generation of scientists, communicating results in an accessible way to the public, or engaging in public advocacy for things like increased government science funding or the adoption of evidence-based government policies. These activities are becoming  … Read more

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Starting your professional development in graduate school

Now that I’m in my fifth year of graduate school, everyone asks: “What will you do after you graduate?” I know they’re expecting a confident, specific answer—I chaired my department’s career development committee, so of course, I know! But I don’t, at least not with  … Read more

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Strengths and challenges of working with non-model organisms

There was a time when there was no such thing as a “model organism.” In the 19th century, Marine Institutes flourished all over the world and hosted labs where scientists could take advantage of the rich diversity of sea flora and fauna to explore how  … Read more

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Ethical and Inspiring Mentorship in STEM symposium

Among the many roles that scientists play, mentoring younger scientists is one for which researchers are rarely trained. In the current STEM research environment, where lack of funding is but one of the systemic issues young scientists face, the roles, responsibilities, and career trajectories are  … Read more

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Ruminations on Art and Science

The arts and sciences both have been described as the search for beauty and truth. Artists seek to understand the human condition (truth) and explore the boundaries of beauty, constantly moving the previously established target. Scientists seek understanding about the human body, while mathematicians throughout  … Read more

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What’s it all about? Organoids

The second installment of the “What’s it all about series?” aims to tackle the broad utilization of in vitro three-dimensional (3D) culture models, termed organoids. There are numerous definitions for what constitutes an organoid, and just as many applications for their use. Though sometimes hard  … Read more

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The importance of mentorship: how to make the most of who you know

Right after handing in my doctoral thesis I had the great opportunity to intern with Cancer Research UK, which is one of the most active science funding bodies in Europe and one of the most interesting places to work that I have ever come across.  … Read more

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