Resiliency and the Impact of Self-Efficacy

Caroline leads a research team in a multinational corporation that develops medical equipment. She holds a PhD in biomedical engineering and has worked for this company for more than a decade. When I first met her I found her intelligent, motivated, confident, and expecting a  … Read more

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How to Manage a “Hard Ask”: Negotiating Up and Down the Hierarchy

You love being a scientist. Let’s re-state that: You love doing science but not some of the non-science activities that are often a part of any job. And while some of those ancillary duties can be a chore and a bore (e.g., committee work), what  … Read more

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Self-Advocacy: Why It’s Uncomfortable, Especially for Women, and What to Do About It

Self-advocacy—speaking or acting on our own behalf—is an increasingly important skill (for a primer on how to do it, see reference 1) and one that makes many of us cringe. Just look at the new National Institutes of Health biosketch: Instead of modestly providing a  … Read more

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The National Research Mentoring Network: A Great Resource to Improve Mentoring Relationships

  Ask scientists about their career pathway and they will undoubtedly share a story about one of their mentors. Many will describe the ways in which they were inspired, supported, or encouraged by a mentor. Others will describe being pushed to achieve more than they  … Read more

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Gender Bias: How to Break the Habit

  If we can’t eliminate implicit bias, we can teach people the personal and structural actions they can take to neutralize its impact. Implicit bias is the buzzword of the moment. Departments, universities, medical schools, hospitals, companies, police departments, professional societies—all are reaching out to  … Read more

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Leadership ABCs—The Little Things Make a Big Difference

Twenty years ago, after years of working as a leader in humanitarian organizations with operations all over the world, I was asked to take on a project to improve the communication, collaboration, and partnership among the executives of a large corporation. These individuals were highly  … Read more

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Who Me? I’m Not Biased: Embracing Diversity to Improve Creativity

We recognize race and gender in a split second, thanks to a specialized region of the human visual system.1 Neuroscientists studying the neural basis of prejudice propose that coupling facial recognition to amygdala “fight or flight” reactions enabled early humans to rapidly recognize friendly ingroup  … Read more

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How to Write a Shared Instrumentation Grant Application—and Get It Funded!

Scientific progress and breakthroughs are often facilitated by the development and application of new technologies and cutting-edge equipment, which is often expensive to acquire and maintain. This article is a primer for how you can bring these resources to your institution as shared instruments to  … Read more

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Preserving Data: Who’s Got Your Back(up)?

Data management has become an essential part of research. Scientists need to be able to rely on their data infrastructures to recover data in case of disaster or to assist with reproducibility of their results. Ensuring a reliable data infrastructure and backup processes may not  … Read more

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Great Meetings Require Great Speakers: Finding the Women Speakers You Need

In this article I will celebrate the organizations that are leading in providing terrific meetings that are gender balanced. I will also provide links to resources that help you identify speakers who are outstanding women scientists and help you to get on the list of  … Read more

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