The Science and Art of Mentoring
August 2018 NewsletterWICB Columns

We often do not seize the numerous opportunities we are afforded to shape the learning experiences of our mentees, let alone influence the environments in which those experiences transpire. We do not frequently enough embrace the art of mentoring. Stretching beyond Best Practices Contemplate the  … Read more

Predators and Prey in Publishing
August 2018 NewsletterDear Labby

DEAR LABBY: I’m a mid-career faculty member in a biology department at a large public university. Our department has been fortunate to recruit some really promising new assistant professors within the last few years. I try to check in on the new cell biologists on  … Read more

The importance of an elevator speech

It’s called an “elevator pitch” or “speech,” but it could also be referred to as the “water cooler speech,” the “cocktail party speech,” or the standard blurb you use at your family get-togethers. When time is limiting (e.g., an elevator ride), it helps to have  … Read more

A window into a scientific career in Japan

Being a scientist is a special job. We can do our research everywhere in the world. This freedom means we can choose to work on potentially every continent—so why waste an opportunity to work abroad? The advantages are many. On a scientific level, working abroad  … Read more

Out and back: How searching for a non-academic career led me to academia

In college, I joined the cross country team. I wanted to try something new and they needed bodies. To get my baseline mileage up, I ran a lot of out and backs – going from point A to point B and then tracing the path  … Read more

PALM Network: Developing Science Educators One Best Practice at a Time
August 2018 Newsletter

Helping to develop top-notch science educators is among ASCB’s top goals as a society. To support this endeavor, in 2016 ASCB and other societies and organizations piloted the Promoting Active Learning and Mentor (PALM) Network. The PALM Network is a National Science Foundation–funded program that  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work: Omar Quintero on the power of undergraduate scientists

Omar Quintero is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond, in Richmond, VA. The University of Richmond is a liberal arts school and a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI). Quintero’s lab is broadly interested in the genes and proteins involved in cellular motility  … Read more

Conflict in the Lab: A Problem and an Opportunity
June 2018 Newsletter

  Conflict is a normal part of working with other people. If it is identified early and resolved effectively, it can be an engine for productivity and improvement. If it is left unresolved, the damage it can cause—both professional and personal—can be significant. When we  … Read more

Writing as a scientist: a skill for life

In today’s intense research environment, scientists must become effective communicators in order to gain a competitive edge and to make a difference in their communities. Explaining science to the public is an essential skill for any scientist, whether it is to engage with the public  … Read more

preLights: Preprint highlights for biology

Preprints are a growing trend that is pushing the pace of dissemination of scientific information. preLights is a new service that selects and highlights preprints in a wide range of biological fields and can help you keep up to date! First, what are preprints? Preprints are unpublished  … Read more