IWISE: The New York Stem Cell Foundation’s strategies for advancing women in science

The mission of the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) is to accelerate cures for the major diseases of our time through stem cell research, and we believe that gender equality in science, medicine, and engineering is a key component to making treatments and cures  … Read more

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The Perfect Poster: Let your objective, message, and audience shape your presentation

Meeting posters are key message boards for junior scientists to communicate not just their research findings and ideas, but also themselves. And chances are that any scientist will make many more presentations in front of a poster than from a podium. That leads me to  … Read more

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Niche Mentoring: How to Give Advice and Offer Help from Your Areas of Strength

Most of us have seen or heard about extraordinary mentors (e.g., reference 1), just as most of us have seen or heard about extraordinary teachers. By definition, “extraordinary” is not the norm. Our goal in this column is to widen the group of people who  … Read more

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Resiliency and the Impact of Self-Efficacy

Caroline leads a research team in a multinational corporation that develops medical equipment. She holds a PhD in biomedical engineering and has worked for this company for more than a decade. When I first met her I found her intelligent, motivated, confident, and expecting a  … Read more

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How to Manage a “Hard Ask”: Negotiating Up and Down the Hierarchy

You love being a scientist. Let’s re-state that: You love doing science but not some of the non-science activities that are often a part of any job. And while some of those ancillary duties can be a chore and a bore (e.g., committee work), what  … Read more

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Self-Advocacy: Why It’s Uncomfortable, Especially for Women, and What to Do About It

Self-advocacy—speaking or acting on our own behalf—is an increasingly important skill (for a primer on how to do it, see reference 1) and one that makes many of us cringe. Just look at the new National Institutes of Health biosketch: Instead of modestly providing a  … Read more

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The National Research Mentoring Network: A Great Resource to Improve Mentoring Relationships

  Ask scientists about their career pathway and they will undoubtedly share a story about one of their mentors. Many will describe the ways in which they were inspired, supported, or encouraged by a mentor. Others will describe being pushed to achieve more than they  … Read more

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Gender Bias: How to Break the Habit

  If we can’t eliminate implicit bias, we can teach people the personal and structural actions they can take to neutralize its impact. Implicit bias is the buzzword of the moment. Departments, universities, medical schools, hospitals, companies, police departments, professional societies—all are reaching out to  … Read more

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Leadership ABCs—The Little Things Make a Big Difference

Twenty years ago, after years of working as a leader in humanitarian organizations with operations all over the world, I was asked to take on a project to improve the communication, collaboration, and partnership among the executives of a large corporation. These individuals were highly  … Read more

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Who Me? I’m Not Biased: Embracing Diversity to Improve Creativity

We recognize race and gender in a split second, thanks to a specialized region of the human visual system.1 Neuroscientists studying the neural basis of prejudice propose that coupling facial recognition to amygdala “fight or flight” reactions enabled early humans to rapidly recognize friendly ingroup  … Read more

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