Natalya Ortolano

Write about what you care about on the COMPASS blog

February 7, 2020
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Academic researchers are practically glorified science writers. The further you move in your career, the less time you spend at…

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scanning electron microscope image of penicillin

Staying positive about negative data

November 1, 2019
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The next time you are considering taking time off, remember that if Alexander Fleming hadn’t taken a two-week vacation he…

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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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We’re all made of star stuff: Cells, philosophy, and a small bar

February 14, 2019

My inability to be productive on an airplane started when I began doing scientific research. Graduate students, postdocs, and primary…

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