Change Your Default Meeting Time

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I’d like to make a modest proposal. We should stop scheduling meetings with zero time to go from one meeting to the next. Does this describe your life? You …

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Marathon Running, Marathon Research: Dawn Newcomb

Rebecca Helton, MA

For Dawn Newcomb, PhD, writing a grant is like running a marathon.  As a veteran of six marathons since she moved to Nashville in 2007, she should know.  “You have to …

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Do You Have Mysterious Dragons in Your Research?

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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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The Dirty Truth: Passion Isn't the Only Ingredient for Success

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Although passion is often thought to be a necessary ingredient for success, we all know it’s not the only one.  If you’re passionate about handwritten letters, but everyone …

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News: NIH Awards $31 Million to Enhance Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce

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The National Institutes of Health announced the award of nearly $31 million in fiscal year 2014 funds to develop new approaches that engage researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, …

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NIH News: New Webinars Connect Applicants to NIH Peer Review Experts

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Do you want to learn how to make NIH peer review work for you? Sign up for one of the four Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review webinars brought …

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Productivity Tip #2: How to Set Up Your Desk for Your Best Day at Work

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You may have your work routine down to a science, from where you prefer to grab some quiet space to the exact time you take a lunch break. But there’…

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Face It: Your Decks Will Never Be Cleared

Rebecca Helton, MA

One of the most widespread myths in academic writing is that you can, and should, try to “clear the decks”—that is, finish all of your other obligations before you …

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Interruptions Are Even Worse Than We Thought

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That GChat is definitely hurting your work.

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Rock Talk: How Do Multiple-PI Applications Fare?

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Do multi-PI applications stand a better chance of being funded than single-PI proposals?  Not really, according to the NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research.  In fact, the rates of …

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