Academia

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Jennifer
Reineke Pohlhaus

Is there a PhD problem in the United States?

This is an interesting question, but it is not the first time in recent history that folks have been asking it. Here are a few other related questions that have been floating around: Is PhD supply greater than demand?  Is the Federal government providing enough support to maintain research capa...


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Sarah
Pick

Attending BIO International Convention

I recently attended BIO’s International Convention in Washington, DC and it was quite an exciting week. Over 15,000 people attended from 48 states and 65 countries.  I’ve written about maximizing your networking at scientific conferences, and I took a colleague’s advice by volunteering at...


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Xiaoli
Du

Women in science

If we look at the graduate students and postdoc fellows around, it is easy to tell that more than half are female in the science field. However, the truth is the leaders of labs in academy or related companies usually have fewer women than men. The imbalance of the women in science and those who suc...


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Kate
Sleeth

Reaching out to the Next Generation

How to interest children in science, and keep them interested, is a commonly discussed topic.  Over the past decade I have been fortunate enough to participate in many different outreach programs specifically designed to do just that.  Recently, I represented the Association for Women in S...


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Kate
Sleeth

Is Lab Bonding a Waste of Time?

Recently, a Lady Gaga parody called Bad Project, performed by the Zheng lab and posted on YouTube, caused quite a reaction.  If you haven’t seen the video, or want to revisit it, here is the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl4L4M8m4d0&feature=player_embedded


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Sarah
Pick

Applying for Positions at Academic Institutions (Part 2)

In Part 1, David Rasko, PhD, shared his tips for post-docs who are looking for a research position at an academic institution.  David is an Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and a scientist at the Institute for Genome Sciences, ...


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Kate
Sleeth

The Generosity of Donors

We all know that you can’t do much without money.  As the saying goes, “money makes the world go round.”  Many of you will never have worked for, or been associated with, a non-profit organisation so you have probably never considered the amount of work necessary to keep them financi...


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Sarah
Pick

The Fine Art of Being Mentored (Part 2)

Finding good mentoring relationships is such an important part of career success, I’m continuing to examine this topic by interviewing another of our faculty at the Institute for Genome Sciences.


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Ping
Xiao

Reality and Actuality

Has anybody thought that reality and actuality is not always the same? There may not be many people like those in Reality TV shows, but has anybody thought about its actuality? I will use GAMBLING as an example to discuss reality and actuality.Do scientists gamble? Many scientists would say: “No, ...


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Sarah
Pick

Applying for Positions at Academic Institutions (Part 1)

You’re completing your doctorate and planning to apply to an academic institution to continue your research. What steps can you take with your application to improve your chances of being accepted?