Cancel Your Talks: A Way for Academics to Make a Statement Against Hatred

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Wondering what you can do to stop violent extremists? Stop going to campuses where they give them a platform to threaten college communities.

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Putting Credit Card Benefits to Use During Business Travel

Britteny Watson-Ivey

Everyone has dealt with that 3 hour layover on the way back from a week of business travel. Why not use your credit card perks to make that time in the …

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I'm Dying a Slow Academic Death and Travel is the Likely Killer

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

I have been to 2 countries, 8 cities, 3 giant meetings, and given 17 talks in 4 months. And, no, I’m not looking for a job. I have two more cities in the next …

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I'm Not Saying I'm the Best Mentor Ever, But...

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

I’m traveling with two female grad students in my lab and we have 8 pairs of shoes and 1 pair of boots between us and no checked bags. I’m all …

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Asking Questions at Talks: Curiosity is Best When Shared

Susan Tsutakawa, PhD

In my experience, science is most insightful when there’s input from different people.

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IScientist: A Conference for Revolution

Teresa Swanson, PhD

The brilliant organizers of IScientist have created a space for revolution.

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The Emerging Scientist Holiday Gift Guide

The Edge for Scholars

Not sure what book to get for the academic in your life this holiday season? With the huge amount of literature available, it’s often hard to decide what material …

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Exercising Your Professional Brand at Conference Interviews

Rebecca Helton, MA

At Vanderbilt, we’ve been doing a lot with professional branding lately.  What you wear, what you do, and how you speak, sit, and walk all say things about you …

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Do You Have Mysterious Dragons in Your Research?

The Edge for Scholars

If my experience reading some of the world’s best (and worst) literature has taught me anything, it is that all of the best stories have dragons in them. O.…

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Personal or Family Photographs in Professional Presentations

The Edge for Scholars

I think that inclusion of personal or family photographs in professional presentations like grand rounds talks or research seminars points the needle away from goodness.  Such presentations provide an opportunity …

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