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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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Tone deaf?

April 23, 2018
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Dear Labby, As a first-year woman medical student, I have appreciated my medical school’s efforts to mitigate unconscious bias. However,…

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Burnout: solutions from 10,000 feet

April 20, 2018
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As the spring semester comes to an end, I often find myself joking with our first-year graduate students, “Welcome to…

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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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