Workforce Issues

Five tips for surviving the academic job market

April 19, 2019
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“I’m going on the job market”—me, May 2018. At the time I had no idea of the gravity this statement…

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PALM Network: Developing Science Educators One Best Practice at a Time

July 31, 2018
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Helping to develop top-notch science educators is among ASCB’s top goals as a society. To support this endeavor, in 2016…

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Conflict in the Lab: A Problem and an Opportunity

July 23, 2018
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  Conflict is a normal part of working with other people. If it is identified early and resolved effectively, it…

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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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Finding your grad school family

July 6, 2018
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The scientific community is comprised mostly of transplants–people who work or study somewhere far from home and family. I find…

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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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Let’s face lab bullying, part 3

June 8, 2018
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Reporting the bully Most bullied trainees decide not to report the person who bullied them. As one postdoc says: “I…

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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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Let’s face lab bullying, part 2

May 4, 2018
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Many people think that harassment is a normal part of life in academia, because “it has always been this way.”…

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