A Beginner's Guide for Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academia

Needhi Bhalla, PhD

Suggestions for how scientists, specifically male scientists, can undermine the alienating culture of sexual harassment that exists in STEM.

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10 Takeaways for Managing Undergraduate Research Assistants

Helen Bird

With guidance, undergrads can be reliable, competent and self-motivated young scientists who are an integral part of your research team.

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How to Interview the Hell Out of Academic Job Candidates

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

One of my favorite parts of being a faculty member is interviewing students, fellows and future faculty members. For reasons that elude my tiny Fighty Squirrel brain, folks think if you are a female and people liked you when they interviewed, it means you are nice. I’m not particularly nice. Ask my kids. What I […]

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Building Your First Lab: Tips, Success Stories, and How to Build Your Own Team

The Edge for Scholars

  Running a lab is the ultimate goal for many early-career scientists, but building a lab that will eventually produce research is often a difficult process. Laboratories come with a host of financial needs and responsibilities. While lab apprenticeships provide training, and mentors offer invaluable advice, there are likely to remain gaps in your lab […]

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Safer Labs for Thea and Sheri: You Need a Lab Safety Reality Check

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Eakins-Coward (left) and Sangji (right) A recent explosion at the University of Hawaii science lab resulted in a 29-year-old visiting postdoctoral fellow losing her arm. Thea Eakins-Coward was working with gas cylinders in a biosafety level 2 laboratory in the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute when a reagent ignited causing her to lose and arm and sustain […]

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Productivity Tip #7: Reclaim Your Meeting

The Edge for Scholars

How often do you hear a colleague say, “I’m so excited to attend today’s group meeting,” or a student remark, “How is it possible that my group meetings are so stimulating and engaging?” What’s that? You’ve never heard anyone say those things? Me neither. I dread meetings for the same reason that everyone does: They’re […]

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Why I LOVE Quartzy and You Should Too…

Amy Palubinsky

You know all of those crazy excel files of chemicals and reagents and that ever-growing binder of MSDS sheets? Well that information can all be accessible to lab members with a quick login. Quartzy is an online lab management program that will get anyone’s attention whom has even the slightest bit of OCD or is […]

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Lessons in Leadership: Why You Should Read Colin Powell's It Worked For Me

The Edge for Scholars

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell offers leadership advice through storytelling in this collection of anecdotes and true tales.  Each short chapter derives a lesson from an incident encountered in his military and political service, and occasionally from private life.  Often chatty and rarely preachy, the text is as enjoyable as it is informative. An […]

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Nine New Year's Resolutions for Academics

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Think, write, teach, discover and read. These are the things we love and why we joined this great profession, but so many things are in your way and killing your joy. Our resident Fighty Squirrel offers a couple resolutions and protips to let you do the thing you love. Your job. Enjoy and Happy New […]

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Don't Miss the Deal Breakers: Nine Questions for New Lab Staff Hires

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Hooray! You’ve set up a lab. You have a scale and everything. Now the applicants are pounding down your door looking forward to helping you get the Nobel Prize. Before you hire the most enthusiastic person with the best grades, be sure you include some questions that could be deal breakers even for the candidates […]

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