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January 26, 2007

Returning to Academia

"I like the fact that I'm steering my own ship in terms of research. I feel like an entrepreneur." --Lance Silverman

February 09, 2007

Covering the Planet With Solar Panels

I'm probably going to evolve as I move along the path of that photon.

March 23, 2007

A 'Comprehensive' Career

"I feel confident that my ideas are good enough to go up against the rest of the world, but the question is, can I generate enough preliminary data fast enough?
- Emmanuel Chang"

May 25, 2007

Community College Faculty: Must Love to Teach

"Teaching at a community college is not lecturing; it's more hands-on. You have to do a lot more work as a teacher, because students are not nearly as prepared." --Michaeleen Lee

June 22, 2007

Working as a Medical Writer

"I would say that there's definitely enough work to go around." --Emma Hitt

July 06, 2007

The Importance of Undergraduate Research

"If you have already learned how to function independently in a laboratory environment by the time you graduate from your undergraduate institution, then you are really well-prepared for graduate school." --Chris Burge

August 10, 2007

The Postbac: One or Two Years That Make Careers

"For the great majority of students, some time off is a good idea." --Deborah Goldberg

October 05, 2007

Education Research: A New (Tenure) Track for Scientists

"Trying to get tenure in that department, I perceived, was going to be a battle." --Dawn Del Carlo.

December 07, 2007

Work-Life in Industry: Thinking Outside the 9-to-5 box

"When you have happy employees that know that you care about them, they're more loyal and work hard to show you that they can make things work." --Donna Davila

January 11, 2008

Finding the Way Back to a First (Career) Love

"You really need to know what you want. Figuring it out is the hard part, but doing it is the easy part." --Sandeep Jauhar

February 08, 2008

A Gift That Keeps On Giving

A mentor in industry helped physicist Joan Hoffmann navigate graduate school and launch her career.

March 21, 2008

Public Health Goes Global

"The global health field has both been around forever and is brand-new." --Hannah Kettler, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

April 11, 2008

Ph.Dollars: Does Grad School Make Financial Sense?

"I was optimistically willing to sacrifice any number of years of my life and money for that career path." --Laurie Earls

June 27, 2008

Liberal Arts College Faculty: Finding the Sweet Spot

Known for small classes and a focus on undergraduate education, most such colleges also require--from their younger, newer faculty members, at least--substantial research activity.

July 11, 2008

Courting Controversy: Animal Rights (and Wrongs)

"You have this relationship forming which is an unequal relationship in which you bear a great amount of responsibility." --A former neuroscience researcher

November 14, 2008

Learning to Let Go While Trusting Your Data

Newly independent investigators must take responsibility for ensuring the integrity of their laboratory's data even as their direct control over that data declines.

March 20, 2009

Bringing Community Into Translational Research

Translational social scientists adapt research for the people it aims to serve and carry the lessons they learn in the community back to the lab.

June 19, 2009

Professional Polish

When dressing for a job interview, it pays to cultivate conformity--and attention to detail--instead of individuality.

July 17, 2009

Business Sense: Starting an Academic Lab

A successful start to your new laboratory requires careful planning, firm but fair negotiating, and wise spending decisions.

October 30, 2009

Returning to Science

With the right support, it is possible to succeed in science after a family-related hiatus.