Academic Non-Renewal: Don’t Think it Can’t Happen to You

Dr Liz, PhD

Three years ago this week, I was given my 1-year’s notice that my tenure track Assistant Professor job would be non-renewed.

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10 Reasons to Use Trello for Any Size Team

Aimee Edgeworth

Use Trello as a virtual task-manager app that lets you coordinate tasks, timelines, and goals to get more done.

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End of Summer Academic Sanity Saver: Post Undergrad Lab Jobs Now!

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Get a head start on fall by knowing what you want from undergrads and what they can expect from research experience. My 8-point listicle of making it a great experience.

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Myers Briggs Made Useful: Academic Edition

The Edge for Scholars

Ask someone if they would take a personality test and they may first think of strange inkblots and probing questions about their childhood. Today’s personality tests move far beyond the Myers Briggs assessments and have been tailored to identify working environments that optimize productivity, creativity, interpersonal skills as well as those that foster leadership. The latest of […]

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Are We in a Mentoring Crisis?

Josh Fessel, MD, PhD

Two out of every five trainees need more than what they're getting in terms of mentorship. It's time to figure out how to help them.

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Managing a Budget as a New Investigator

Rebecca Helton, MA

Got your R and the realities of budget management sinking in? Want to prepare yourself financially to get to that R? Three newly independent investigators at Vanderbilt shared their wisdom with Newman Society members today.

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I'm Not Your Mom and Other News About Females in STEM

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

You really need to stop using 'like my mom' as a compliment to your female mentors.

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Not that Kind of Boss: Tales of Team Management and Mentorship

Pipette Protagonist, PhD

Spoiler: People are the most important and most challenging part of a research program

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How to Manage People as a New Investigator

Rebecca Helton, MA

We recently hosted three newly independent investigators who run research teams humming with activity and people, who told us what it takes to manage a lab full of humans in all their idiosyncratic glory.  Here are their tips: Defining Expectations and Gathering Feedback Define your expectations of your team members and communicate them clearly and […]

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Radical Candor: Can It Work for Academics?

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

With many parallels to the struggles of busy life in academia, Scott's Radical Candor is an excellent read. You can easily finish this book in an evening but it's one you'll want to pass around to friends after.

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