Category Archives: Mentoring

What is your anxiety telling you?

Megan Duffy had a thoughtful post on not inducing anxiety in others. She mentioned the specific case of reducing anxiety in others by being really clear. Instead of saying something like meet me Thursday, say why. I agree that getting … Continue reading

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Do you have a lab philosophy?

Recently our lab group spent a bit of time deciding on exactly how we want to interact with one another. What is this  whole lab group business all about? What are the rules? What are the guidelines? Do we have … Continue reading

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How to organize a fabulous small meeting

  When I see a young scientist talking to one of the grizzled leaders of the field at a meeting I have organized, I hope that the new scientist will discover something valuable from her elder. Likewise, I hope the … Continue reading

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How to collaborate successfully

Successful collaboration is essential for a productive research career for most people. With collaborators we can tackle bigger problems. With collaborators we can see old problems in new ways, or find a path where before were only cliffs. With collaborators … Continue reading

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Bring on your questions! I’ll answer.

Some of my readers in ticklish academic dilemmas have emailed me with questions. I answer these questions, privately first, and sometimes I then address the topic with a general blog on it. I do this later and without giving any … Continue reading

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Mentoring graduate students: choose one thing

Yesterday I popped into my friend Liz Haswell’s office to get a copy of her recent tenure talk on a flash drive. We could have Dropboxed it, but this way we got to chat a little. I asked her how … Continue reading

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Undergraduate journal clubs are important

In the summer, the undergraduates in our lab group meet without us. During the academic year they have a lab meeting and journal club dedicated just to them. This is important because it is hard to think critically when you … Continue reading

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Women, did you hear biology professor is the most glorious career I can imagine?

I just want to cry when I hear how discouraged women are from pursuing science careers. I want to do more than cry when I hear about how little encouragement professors give even their most promising women. Why do we … Continue reading

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Do you have your own lab training activities?

We always worry about how well we communicate safe and accurate procedures to new students. We had  several new undergrads join our lab last spring, so we decided to have a concentrated session of training on a Saturday. Debbie Brock … Continue reading

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Is it important to have a lab contract for undergraduates?

The joy of undergraduates in the lab and the pride of seeing them succeed can be greatly diminished when they do not perform as expected. You may have plates and cultures all ready only to have an unexplained absence. On … Continue reading

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