Professional Development

Pay to play: should trainees be compensated for extracurricular service?

March 23, 2018
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Graduate students and postdocs participate in various service activities throughout their training. Service occurs in the form of outreach, teaching,…

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Balancing demands as a new faculty member

March 15, 2018
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Dear Labby, I am just completing my first semester as an assistant professor. After five years as an international postdoc…

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Career Perspectives: Margaret Prendergast, Director of Bioengineering, Allevi, Inc.

March 15, 2018
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Please describe your current position. Allevi (previously BioBots) develops a bioprinting platform for the fabrication of living 3D biological structures.…

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The complete scientist—A call to arms

March 13, 2018
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Last year, I was invited to speak at a “nonscientific” session of the Young MitoScientists Forum, a meeting organized by…

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The stranger in the lab: Staff scientists—who they are, what they do and how they improve academia

March 9, 2018
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When you think of lab personnel, you probably think of the PI, postdocs, graduate students and even some undergrads. However,…

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Lego Grad Student: Stepping one brick up in academia

March 1, 2018
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Academia can be filled with intense passion, fruitful discovery, and rewarding self-fulfillment. That’s the dream, right, the reason we are…

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Paying it forward: how we can do better for our undergrads

February 23, 2018
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The vast majority of us discovered our love of research in our undergraduate career and some of us even earlier…

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Five tips for explaining your basic science research to non-scientists

January 26, 2018
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One of the hardest challenges we face as scientists is describing our work to friends and family from different walks…

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A positive spin on the power of negative data

January 23, 2018
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When discussing our recent experiments, I often hear fellow grad students say, “it didn’t work.” But, in fact, the experiment…

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How Cell Biologists Work: Eva Nogales on making pictures of proteins worth a thousand words

December 21, 2017
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Eva Nogales is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley; a Senior Faculty Scientist…

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