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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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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Reflections on Making the Leap

At ASCB, and especially at COMPASS, we frequently visit the topic of nonacademic careers. Many of us have discussed the growing imbalance in academia, with greater numbers of PhD students being prepared for a niche job market—the tenure-track professorship—that is not growing at a commensurate  … Read more

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Training to Teach: Preparing for the Other Half of Academia

Academic faculty jobs are difficult to come by, and science graduates are increasingly taking positions outside of academia. Recognizing this trend, ASCB and other organizations are leading efforts to help students who are looking for nontraditional career paths. Despite the daunting odds, though, you may  … Read more

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How to Choose a Research Area

Often in our scientific careers we are faced with the question of how to choose an area of research to pursue. As a graduate student picking a laboratory in which to do a PhD, as a postdoctoral researcher wanting to continue his or her career  … Read more

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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 been started to improve the number of underrepresented minorities (URMs) in science, technology, engineering, and science  … Read more

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Consensus Grows on Preprints in Biology

On February 16–17 at Howard Hughes Medical Institute headquarters outside of Washington, DC, 70 attendees (junior and senior scientists, representatives from funding agencies, publishers, editors, postdocs, and Nobel laureates) came together for ASAPBio (asapbio.org), a meeting to discuss the role of preprints in communicating research  … Read more

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Balancing Research and Family: A Personal Voyage

In his blog post, “Thoughts on a Balanced Life,”1 Timothy Pychyl of Carleton University states that “balance means being able to stop the pursuit of one goal, perhaps far short of the desired excellence, to give time to another”; that balance “requires a dynamic response  … Read more

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Diversity in the Biomedical Workforce: The SCOTUS Decision and the Implications for LGBTQ Scientists

On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) delivered a historic civil rights decision. It is now the law of the land that same-sex couples have the right to marry. This decision puts the United States into a select group of 21  … Read more

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“Oh, the places you will go” – Tips for choosing a postdoc lab

*This is part one of a four-part series on the transition from PhD student to postdoctoral fellow.Here are parts two and three.* Deciding on my postdoctoral field of interest was one of the most exciting moments toward the end of my PhD studies. At the  … Read more

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