Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS)

Jennifer Bagwell balances lab manager and research scientist responsibilities

September 13, 2019
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Our featured cell biologist this month is Jennifer Bagwell, a lab manager in the Department of Developmental Biology in the…

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How mindfulness can help you take control in grad school

September 11, 2019
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As I placed my 96-well plate in the plate reader, I could feel my peripheral vision fading, my heart racing,…

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How to make scientific figures accessible to readers with color-blindness

September 6, 2019
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Proper data visualization is critical for presenting your scientific work in an accessible way. It’s important that people can easily…

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Four leadership skills to boost your career

August 30, 2019
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Organizations value leadership skills immensely. Leadership ability is usually a hiring criterion. Including this trait in your resume and describing…

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What’s it all about? single-cell sequencing

August 16, 2019
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One of the first things you’re taught in biology is the basic components of a cell. You learn how cells…

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A guide for more effective teaching for scientists

August 9, 2019
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All scientists serve in some capacity as teachers. Whether you are teaching a classroom of students, mentoring a colleague in…

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Facts are not enough: skills for effective science advocacy

August 2, 2019
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Science communication is a spectrum. The purpose of science communication can range from sharing data with experts in the field…

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Improving sustainability in the research lab

July 23, 2019
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Last fall, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a special report describing the devastating impacts of increasing global temperatures,…

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Shirin Bahmanyar: repairing the nuclear envelope; dismantling biases in STEM

July 19, 2019
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Shirin Bahmanyar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at Yale University. I had…

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The importance of being assertive

July 9, 2019
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As postdocs, we are expected to take charge of our careers. Yet many of us work in environments where we…

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