Travis is a former postdoctoral researcher in the Cell Biology Department at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, where he studied the role of linker histone H1 in the regulation of chromatin structure in Drosophila melanogaster. He remains affiliated with the Einstein division of the national IRACDA program, where he is developing interventions to improve STEM student learning outcomes, and is an adjunct assistant professor at Iona College. Travis recently left his full-time academic position to pursue a career in medical writing. He has been a COMPASS associate member since March 2015 and is serving on the communication subcommittee. Email: travis.j.bernardo@gmail.com Comments and suggestions are always welcome! Email: travis.j.bernardo@gmail.com Comments and suggestions are always welcome!


Add an Extra Dose of Science to Government Rulemaking

Democracies tend to have common expectations embedded in their culture. The most fundamental of these is that we insist our government responds to our views and policy preferences. While some cynicism about the political system is healthy, representative government only functions over the long term  … Read more

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Reflections on Making the Leap

At ASCB, and especially at COMPASS, we frequently visit the topic of nonacademic careers. Many of us have discussed the growing imbalance in academia, with greater numbers of PhD students being prepared for a niche job market—the tenure-track professorship—that is not growing at a commensurate  … Read more

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Reflections on Making the Leap

At ASCB, and especially here on the COMPASS blog, we frequently visit the topic of non-academic careers. Many of us have discussed the growing imbalance in academia, with greater numbers of PhD students being prepared for a niche job market—the tenure-track professorship—that is not growing  … Read more

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Training to Teach: Preparing for the Other Half of Academia

Academic faculty jobs are difficult to come by, and science graduates are increasingly taking positions outside of academia. Recognizing this trend, ASCB and other organizations are leading efforts to help students who are looking for nontraditional career paths. Despite the daunting odds, though, you may  … Read more

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Innovating STEM Learning in Higher Education

Getting young students through the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pathway has been a long-standing national priority. Federal grants to improve K-12 STEM outcomes date as far back as the Eisenhower administration of the 1950’s, when the Sputnik crisis propelled science education to the  … Read more

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Training to Teach: Preparing for the Other Half of Academia

Academic faculty jobs are difficult to come by, and science graduates are increasingly taking positions outside of academia. Recognizing this trend, ASCB and other organizations are leading efforts to help students who are looking for nontraditional career paths. Despite the daunting odds, though, you may  … Read more

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Communicating Science to the Public: Perspectives from the ASCB 2015 Annual Meeting

Of the many themes running through this year’s annual ASCB conference, one that stood out was how vitally important it is for practicing scientists to utilize their technical and scientific literacy to reach out to the general public.   This theme began during the keynote  … Read more

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A Climate Change Pause? The Science Behind the Debate

Within the scientific community empirical acceptance of anthropogenic climate change is by far the prevailing view, with scientific dissent comprising only a small minority. Outside the research community, however, a recurring contention by climate skeptics and oppositional policy-makers is that the veracity of the underlying  … Read more

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California’s Drought: Water at the Interface of Science and Policy-Making

As scientists, we are all generally convinced of the importance of our own research, even if we don’t perceive its direct impact on society at large. It is equally easy for us to get lost in our own work and fail to notice the broader  … Read more

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