The Insider’s View to Organizing a Local Symposium

Organizing a local meeting sponsored by the ASCB is an amazing opportunity to network and exercise your leadership, organizational, and public speaking skills. By the end, you will create a mini-ASCB meeting in one day. During the symposium day, you will have speakers, a poster  … Read more

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A Must-Read Report in Nature on the Postdoc Glut and Where We Go from Here

It shouldn’t be news to anyone in the biological research community that in the United States the so-called scientific workforce “pipeline” is threatening to burst. There are far too many students going in at one end and far too few outlets where they can emerge  … Read more

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How to Get the Feedback You Need to Elevate Your Research

Stuck in a rut with your research project? Experiments not working? Or maybe you are generating lots of data, but you’re not sure if you’re heading in the best direction? Chances are you could use more feedback. Feedback is helpful for you to progress and  … Read more

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DIY career guidance: Tips and tricks on organizing a career seminar series

During your graduate education, you acquired many intangible skills, such as grant writing, scientific presentation, critical thinking, and experimental troubleshooting. Armed with all these skills and with a brand-new PhD in your pocket, you excitedly start a postdoc, an elusive training position in which you  … Read more

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Mind the Gap—The Scary Gulf Between Scientists and the Public

Last week I wrote about the unnecessary measles anti-vax crisis and the failure of science communication. I’d like to return to the topic of science communication in this blog post. The Pew Research Center released a report titled Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and  … Read more

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Grab That Citation! Flex Your Footnotes! The Big Four Reference Managers

Reference managers aren’t just for managing citations anymore. These days, reference (a.k.a. citation or personal bibliographic) management software can toss around PDFs and other multimedia sources, including the ability to annotate PDFs. Some can appear on your mobile phone. One even comes with its own social  … Read more

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One Postdoc’s Adventures in Science Education Outreach

Ask a scientist why they don’t engage with the public, and they are likely to tell you that they simply don’t have the time. Experiments are unpredictable and demanding; it can be difficult to carve out an afternoon for an educational event. So why should  … Read more

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Workforce Issues: What About the Postdocs Already Swimming in the Pool? What Becomes of Us?

As postdoctoral researchers, sometimes we feel a little unloved. Alternately, we feel like a mysterious emerging disease: Nobody seems to know how many of us there are, what exactly to call us, and experts have been warning the scientific community about us for years.    … Read more

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COMPASS Wrap Up from ASCB 2014

After 17 Symposium talks, 238 minisymposium talks, 112 ePosters, 2400 posters, and an unknown number of Philly cheesesteaks, the 2014 ASCB Annual Meeting is now in the books. And even though all traces of the 5,760 attendees are already gone from the Pennsylvania Convention Center,  … Read more

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A Postdoc Is a Postdoc Is a Postdoc?

“Postdocs” may share a common colloquial (if not official) title, but their benefits and compensation actually vary widely from institution to institution. This was a major finding of the National Postdoc Association (NPA)’s 2014 Institutional Policy Report . While we got a preview of the  … Read more

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