Networking

xiaolidu

Xiaoli
Du

Make Your Dream Come True

Different people have different views on the life of being a postdoctoral fellow.  Some people consider it as a very rare opportunity to develop their ability to become an independent member of faculty in the future.  Some people take the advantage of the fellowship to dig out what they re...


sarahpick648

Sarah
Pick

Networking at Scientific Conferences – Part 2

My previous post was about networking at scientific conferences. Derek Haseltine, Director for Research Career Development and Co-Director of the  Office of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, gave so many great suggestions, I have presented them in two colum...


jason.sherwin

Jason
Sherwin

Moving Around and Following One’s Nose

I’ve gotten some requests on this blog to go a little more into my research. Don’t worry! It’s coming. But, for now, I want to focus on a “career-related” issue, since this is a bio career related blog. In particular, this entry is a response to an article that recently appeared in the Wal...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

The Benefits of Participation

In my second article I mentioned the benefits of participating in associations and committees.  I thought I should expand on these and give specifics using myself as an example.


peggy

Peggy
McKee

Scientific Networking

The whole concept of networking can be intimidating for people, especially those in scientific or technical fields whose personalities don’t tend to be outgoing (unlike others in, say, sales).  And for many, networking while you’re looking for a new job can feel a lot like asking for a ...


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Scientists and social media – are we behind the curve?

In the October 2010 issue of The Scientist, Associate Editor Richard Grants noted in his editorial that “only a fraction of researchers in the UK make frequent use of social media tools.” I suspect that is also the case here in the US.


peggy

Peggy
McKee

Don’t Take a Holiday from Your Job Search

Lots of people think that there’s no point to looking for a new job during the holiday season…and they’re busy with their own celebrations with family and friends, so they just take a few weeks off, thinking they’ll come back fresh in the New Year.  Don’t make that mistake. The ho...


ceweinber

Clement
Weinberger

Do scientists really need social networks?

The short answer is “yes.” Of course they do. But the best networks would probably not be Facebook clones. Why not? Well, because Facebook helps people find people. Scientists need networks that help people find information. The label “Scientists” is a very big one and includes a lot of ...


jennyinbox

Jennifer
Reineke Pohlhaus

How I did it: Changing Careers, Part II

Last time, I gave the basics about how I prepared for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship so that my application was competitive, which began my career transition into science policy.  In this post, I’d like to give you three more tips that might not have been so obvious from ...


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Spinning a good story with all the facts

My PhD advisor was a creative and engaging storyteller. Negative results in our vaccine experiments were interpreted as “damaging to the immune system” or “dangerous in the clinic.” Positive observations meant that an experimental vaccine “worked like a charm” or “could save countl...