Professional Development

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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How to get started in STEM outreach

May 11, 2018
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Public outreach is an essential piece of the scientific endeavor. Federal funding is a critical driving force for cell biology,…

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Insights for STEM researchers on going global: A voice from the social sciences

April 17, 2018
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Increasing American women’s representation and impact in scientific and technical fields is not only a national imperative—it’s a global goal,…

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Career Perspectives: Christy Trejo, Research Scientist at BioSpyder Technologies, Inc.

April 16, 2018
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Please describe your current position. BioSpyder Technologies, Inc. is a relatively small biotech company that features a potent assay for…

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Six ways to start something new in the lab

April 13, 2018
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You walk into the lab right on time (before 9:00 am of course!), pull out your precisely written protocol from…

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Competitive sports and science not so different after all

April 6, 2018
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The Winter Olympics are one of the most exciting athletic events—it’s a culmination of the world’s top athletes putting on…

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