Rock Talk: Application Success Rates Decline in 2013

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Now we have the numbers to show this. In FY2013 we made 8,310 competing RPG awards, 722 fewer than in FY2012. This puts the overall research project grant (RPG) success rate at 16.8%, a decline from the 17.6% reported in FY2012. One might have expected a bigger drop in the success rates since we made […]

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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 week and, at the end of this long run, I’m wondering if it’s “worth it.” I have always had a much […]

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Note to Self

Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD

Grants are awarded to institutions. My research is oddly enough not attached to me. Case in point:  The Superior Court of San Diego has issued an injunction to block transition of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) from UC San Diego to the University of Southern California.  ADCS is an NIH-funded, nationwide study aimed at […]

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More Money in Your (University's) Pocket

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NIH announced that all Institutes will increase their contribution to an awardee’s salary to a base level of $100,000 for K08 and K23 awardees beginning with new applications due on February 12, 2016.  Many Institutes currently provide salary support up to this base level; this new rule applies to those who have not yet made […]

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Title IX Isn’t Working: Nine Necessary Actions to End Sexual Harassment Culture in STEM

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Imagine your lab throws you a party for your upcoming wedding. Fun, right? Now imagine your boss handing you a large, vivid and anatomically distinctive sex toy. At the University of Arizona, this is what Dr. Timothy Slater did. He also asked his female grad students to teach without underwear, have a threesome with him […]

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The Cool Professor

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When I started my lab I had a very distinct idea of the type of PI I wanted to be. I had experienced some different styles and observed many others. I knew what my needs were as a graduate student and a postdoc and recognized gaps in what my mentors had provided for me. Above […]

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Do More Great Work

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Ever wish you had a map to show you how to avoid unnecessary busywork and focus on the work you know you were meant to do?  In this jam-packed little volume, Michael Bungay Stanier gives you just such a map–fifteen of them, in fact.  His starting premise, that “busy” is not a measure of success, […]

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Network and Hone Your Skills at the 2015 Translational Science Meeting

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This meeting brings together all of the disciplines involved in clinical and translational research for the shared benefits of networking and education. The meeting focuses on engagement opportunities with leaders and peers and messages from plenary speakers. Educational sessions are designed to provide information on the latest in translational science, and you have time to […]

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New NIH Biosketch Format Required Starting January 25, 2015

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The NIH will begin requiring biosketches in the new, five-page format for all applications submitted on or after January 25, 2015.  (Read the announcement.)  You can download a sample of the new format from the NIH website.  The list of publications has been replaced by a “Contribution to Science” section, which will require you to […]

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

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  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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