Helping When You Have No Answers

David Sacks, PhD

Sometimes a member of your team will have a problem you can’t solve with facts or advice. You can still help them. Empathy is the key.

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Exploiting Physiology: Scientists Jumping into Keto

Britteny Watson-Ivey

The scientific underpinnings of consuming a ketogenic diet are attracting researchers into a trend to get and stay lean. Learn how and why.

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Handy Guide to Showing PostDoc Appreciation All Year Long

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

It's postdoc appreciation week! Here's your handy ROPIHRS acronym for success- Respect, Opportunities, Plans, Introductions, Health, Reality and Spine.

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Profs on Drugs: JAMA Highlights Use of Cognitive Enhancers

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Talk to most people about ‘performance enhancing drugs’ and they conjure up images of elite athletes using drugs to increase muscle mass and oxygen delivery. In academia, performance is measured as creative thinking and working smart under crushing deadlines. Last week, JAMA drew attention to a series of studies in which higher cognitive function was […]

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Summer Reading: What's Popular in the Edge Library

The Edge for Scholars

Here's what's been flying off the shelves of our "analog library" of career development books.

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Welcome to class, I'm Alana and I'm Queer.

Alana Berry

It felt really liberating, but more than liberating myself, I hoped that my students felt that no matter their identity they felt safe acknowledging them in my class. I want to be radical. I want my home to reflect my radical values. Well, if my bod

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Technological Tools for Making Life Manageable

Marie Miguel

It’s no secret that a turbulent mental state can ruin your productivity in a big way. Unfortunately, family emergencies, calls from creditors and the various disasters cats so effortlessly create continue to occur without respect for what we were planning to do on any given day. Meanwhile, neither deadlines nor supervisors are likely to care […]

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The Olympics of Pain: Tag Me Out

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow. Skiing. Here’s a list partial list of of things I won’t be doing: Writing letters of recommendation. Reading a fellow’s application after we met about a better platform to do experiments. Reviewing papers. Working on grant applications. Writing papers. Writing blogs for Edge for Scholars*. I’ve spent a lot of […]

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You ARE an Impostor. Six Life Altering Steps to Fix That.

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Impostor Syndrome. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the nagging to overwhelming feeling that you are not as you seem. You’re an impersonator, imitator…you are masquerading as something you are not.  Impostor Syndrome has had some thoughtful and powerful things written about it. About how feelings of inadequacy will cripple you into times of deep […]

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Balancing on the Edge

Gurjeet Birdee, MD

As academics, most of us are in overdrive—racing from meetings to emails, writing to teaching, and maintaining some semblance of a balanced life. Two fallacies about how we operate ourselves in overdrive: I can multitask: Multitasking is a misnomer1. When we multitask, we are moving serially between tasks. This gives us the perception that we […]

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