Professional Development

How Cell Biologists Work: Ron Vale on converting chemical energy into mechanical work and curiosity into discovery

July 19, 2017
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Ron Vale is a professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology Department at the University of California, San…

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What happens when your lab decides to switch institutions?

July 7, 2017
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Throughout my training, I’ve seen many labs leave my institution and many labs arrive, and I always thought, “I’m glad…

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Four guideposts for navigating difficult conversations with your PI

June 30, 2017
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No matter how well you get along with your mentor, there will likely come a time when you have to…

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How Cell Biologists Work: Jessica Feldman, from blue monkeys to buying all the lottery tickets

June 23, 2017
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Jessica Feldman is an assistant professor at Stanford University in the Department of Biology. Feldman’s lab is investigating how different…

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Volunteering in your scientific society: six lessons from a COMPASS alum

June 16, 2017
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Compared with all other ASCB committees, membership in the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) fluctuates with a fast tempo,…

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How to tell your department chair you’re leaving

May 31, 2017
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Dear Labby, I was recently promoted to associate professor in an urban private medical school. After celebrating, I had to…

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Niche Mentoring: How to Give Advice and Offer Help from Your Areas of Strength

May 16, 2017
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Most of us have seen or heard about extraordinary mentors (e.g., reference 1), just as most of us have seen…

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Career Perspectives: Karen Ring, Website and Social Media Manager at CIRM

May 15, 2017
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Please describe your current position. I am the website and social media manager at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine…

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How to make an impact with your presentations

May 12, 2017
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We’ve all been to those seminars where you’re fighting to keep your eyes open as the speaker drones on about…

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The Collaborating Trailing Spouse

May 8, 2017
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Dear Labby, I am the “trailing” spouse. When it was time for my wife and me to get “real” jobs…

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