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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Meet ASCB’s New Executive Director: Erika Shugart, PhD

The road that Erika Shugart took then was definitely the less traveled. At the time, mentors were concerned about her decision. In 1997, you didn’t take your PhD in molecular biology and willingly walk away from an academic research career choosing instead to seek an  … Read more

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The Insider’s View to Organizing a Local Symposium

Organizing a local meeting sponsored by the ASCB is an amazing opportunity to network and exercise your leadership, organizational, and public speaking skills. By the end, you will create a mini-ASCB meeting in one day. During the symposium day, you will have speakers, a poster  … Read more

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Mind the Gap—The Scary Gulf Between Scientists and the Public

Last week I wrote about the unnecessary measles anti-vax crisis and the failure of science communication. I’d like to return to the topic of science communication in this blog post. The Pew Research Center released a report titled Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and  … Read more

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Use Your Science and Your Cell Phone In ASCB’s One-Minute Elevator Speech Contest

The premise is simple: The elevator door closes and you’ve got a trapped audience–a U.S. Senator, your dean, or Taylor Swift. Unleash your cell phone and sell your science in 60 seconds. You could step off this metaphoric elevator at the ASCB/IFCB meeting in Philadelphia  … Read more

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Poster Advice, Timeless and Otherwise

With the annual meeting fast approaching, it’s time once again to start putting together your poster. There are innumerable websites offering advice on poster design (my favorite being Dr. Zen’s“Better Posters”), but most essentials are covered in Steve Block’s 1996 classic “ Do’s and Don’ts  … Read more

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Won’t you SHARE YOUR SCIENCE?

The Outreach Subcommittee of the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) announces the Share Your Science Video Contest with prizes up to $500. This new initiative aims to increase basic science awareness because informed decision makers produce better outcomes for funding.

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

Imagine this: The lights are dimmed, your first slide is up on the screen behind you, and you’ve just stood up to speak at your lab meeting, at a department seminar, or at a conference full of the leaders in your field. Can you give  … Read more

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The Good Words—Bench Bloggers

Supposedly, 200 million people are out there blogging. Unsurprisingly, many of them are working scientists, some are even cell biologists. It’s one of the encouraging features of the evolving science writing ecosystem that scientists can write directly about their lives and their work. Some scientists  … Read more

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The Good Words—Science Tweeters You May Not Know About but Should

The whole point of Twitter (assuming that it has a point) is that it’s personal. You follow whomever you want to follow. The Twitter algorithm keeps suggesting people similar to the people you’re already following but what’s the point of that? In our book, the  … Read more

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