Let’s face lab bullying, part 3

Reporting the bully Most bullied trainees decide not to report the person who bullied them. As one postdoc says: “I am afraid that the department chair, provost, or HR would not be responsive.” Trainees who don’t report their abusive supervisors/lab mates are not cowards, they  … Read more

Controlling the chaos: trainee tips for keeping the lab organized

Labs are naturally chaotic places. There are multiple people in a small space all working on different projects in their own style and on their own schedule. At best, this controlled chaos can bring forth incredible collaboration and creativity, but at worst, a truly unorganized  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work with Sadie Wignall of Northwestern University

I am excited to join the team for the 2018 edition of “How Cell Biologists Work.” Jenny Heppert started this series as a graduate student when she became curious about how different cell biologists approach science and life as career researchers. I am currently a graduate student in  … Read more

The science of science careers: never too late to consider options

This is the first post in a series highlighting the collaboration between COMPASS and CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE)–featuring some of the exciting work that is being done to understand how we learn about science and how science careers impact the people who work in both  … Read more

Out of la-la land

A friend from graduate school often referred to academia as “La-la land.” The expression has stuck with me, partially because I feel it to be true. The idealized academia bubble is a dream world to the obsessively curious. You get paid to be actively curious  … Read more

How to get started in STEM outreach

Public outreach is an essential piece of the scientific endeavor. Federal funding is a critical driving force for cell biology, and that funding must have taxpayer support. Without a basic understanding of the scientific process, this public support is likely to decline. Recently, the scientific  … Read more

Let’s face lab bullying, part 2

Many people think that harassment is a normal part of life in academia, because “it has always been this way.” How do you explain to a funding agency that you didn’t produce papers because you worked for a bully supervisor who decided not to publish  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work, with physician scientist Anna Huttenlocher

This is the first article of the series “How Cell Biologists Work” for 2018. In these articles, we hope to reveal the life habits, hacks, and hurdles that leading cell biologists encounter, what they think has led to their success in running productive labs, and  … Read more

Tone deaf?
April 2018 NewsletterDear Labby

Dear Labby, As a first-year woman medical student, I have appreciated my medical school’s efforts to mitigate unconscious bias. However, today in my pathology lab I had an experience that made me feel belittled and uncomfortable. One of my lab’s preceptors, Dr. XY, an older  … Read more

Burnout: solutions from 10,000 feet

As the spring semester comes to an end, I often find myself joking with our first-year graduate students, “Welcome to grad school!” After a year in the lab, they have begun to understand the demands and stressors of our program. They are gaining unwanted weight,  … Read more