Professional Development

Writing as a scientist: a skill for life

July 20, 2018
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In today’s intense research environment, scientists must become effective communicators in order to gain a competitive edge and to make…

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preLights: Preprint highlights for biology

July 13, 2018
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Preprints are a growing trend that is pushing the pace of dissemination of scientific information. preLights is a new service that…

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Leticia Vega

Critical Career Transitions: So I Got Tenure, Now What?

July 11, 2018
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Three pillars of faculty development at most institutions are teaching, scholarship, and service. Though much attention has been given to…

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Mentoring undergraduates: all you need to know to help your summer student

June 29, 2018
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This is another post in a series highlighting the collaboration between COMPASS and CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE)–featuring some of the…

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How Cell Biologists Work: Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz on uncovering biological surprises with microscopy; interdisciplinary science

June 22, 2018
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This month we are excited to hear from Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, whose past and present positions are as diverse as the…

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Is an Academic Career Just a Dream?

June 21, 2018
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Dear Labby, I am a fifth-year cell biology graduate student doing basic research at a major research university. I am…

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Controlling the chaos: trainee tips for keeping the lab organized

June 1, 2018
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Labs are naturally chaotic places. There are multiple people in a small space all working on different projects in their…

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How Cell Biologists Work with Sadie Wignall of Northwestern University

May 25, 2018
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I am excited to join the team for the 2018 edition of “How Cell Biologists Work.” Jenny Heppert started this series as a…

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

May 23, 2018
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This is the first post in a series highlighting the collaboration between COMPASS and CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE)–featuring some of…

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Out of la-la land

May 18, 2018
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A friend from graduate school often referred to academia as “La-la land.” The expression has stuck with me, partially because…

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