I have written before about the crisis in biomedical research that has been increasingly discussed since the publication of “Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws” by Alberts et al. Several meetings have been organized by senior community members, at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Headquarters in August 2014 (see Acknowledgements here), Duke University…Details
Much of the progress and development of science has been discussed from the perspective of the United States, Europe, Japan, and emergent countries such as China and India, which are undoubtedly the major powers in science. However, it is important to also look at countries that have been increasing investment in science and are not…Details
February 25, 2015 was a special day at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY. For the first time ever, a group of 30 eighth graders from P.S. 89, a neighboring public school in the Bronx, visited the campus for “Cell Biology Day at Einstein.” I was nervous that morning, but seeing their excited faces as…Details
As my friend Rachel recently put it, the prevailing attitude when it comes to mentorship in science is along the lines of “no one trained me, so my trainees can figure it out by themselves,” with the implication that otherwise they are “not good enough to cut it.” It’s a real problem at every level…Details
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