While the world watched the European Space Agency place the Philae probe from the Rosetta orbiter on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the new President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg, axed the role of Chief Scientific Adviser to the President, a position until then held by the UK’s Professor Anne Glover. The EU is in…Details
How do you define a postdoc? What is the purpose of the postdoctoral position? What do postdocs need to prepare for their professional careers, especially in a non-academic area? How should postdocs be compensated? These are the types of questions that led to the formation of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). The NPA was established…Details
Side Effect of the Academic Crisis or Effect of Globalization? An International Brain Drain in the United States?
There’s a well-documented and discussed crisis in the biomedical enterprise in the United States. The average age of basic biomedical researchers receiving their first NIH R01 is 42. In the midst of this, the incentive for universities and research institutions to try to keep their graduate students and postdocs longer in their labs, with very…Details
is election time at ASCB!
Every year a new President-Elect and four new Council members are elected. Together with the past and current president, secretary and treasurer (each elected once every three years), and eight incumbent Council members (each with three year terms), their decisions will have an impact on your society’s future.Details
Graduate school is an experience that has no handbook or manual. Most graduate students’ sojourn through this unique period in their lives is filled with trial and error. It’s essentially a do-it-yourself program that most students figure out as they go along. The scientific experiments and decisions related to progress of a thesis project are…Details
Attendees of the 2015 National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) meeting at the University of Maryland in Baltimore noted something different compared with past meetings: an overwhelming number of postdocs attended. This might sound strange for a postdoc conference. However, aside from postdocs, postdoctoral officers, deans and faculty responsible for postdoctoral affairs, career counselors, and representatives…Details
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 presentation session, catering, and vendors to juggle. While you may…Details
As I wrap up my fifth year in graduate school, the topic of my “future plans” has begun to rear its ugly head with friends and family. Although I’ve wanted to go into science communication since I started my PhD, the need to start thinking realistically about job prospects has led me to do some…Details
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 improve, and research almost always involves pushing the boundaries of…Details
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. The academic research system is broken, particularly for young scientists like us grad students and postdocs. Some of the senior academics want us to make ourselves heard: the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology called for younger scientists to respond to the alarm raised by…Details