News: NIH's Pathway to Independence Award Aims Younger

Rebecca Helton, MA

Eligibility period for K99/R00 awards shortens from five to four years after PhD.  View full article at Science.

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PLoS One and Stupid CV Tricks

Rebecca Helton, MA

More is better, yes, when it comes to publications. But beyond that, that you should have some idea of the expectations for your field. Especially when it comes to first-author vs. multi-author collabs, senior author vs penultimate vs communicating author, IF cachet, etc. From DrugMonkey: PLoS One and stupid CV tricks

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Yes, You Can Brainstorm Without Groupthink

Rebecca Helton, MA

We are strong advocates of collaboration in innovation, and believe that the proper use of brainstorming techniques is a powerful tool in the collaborative approach. Over our many years of experience, we have seen managers effectively use three simple techniques for avoiding “Groupthink” during brainstorming. From the Harvard Business Review blog network: Yes, You Can […]

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Shut Up and Write

Rebecca Helton, MA

As we head into a new semester, you may be making writing goals for the new year.  The following article has some great suggestions for how to motivate and keep yourself on track. Shut Up and Write by Kerry Ann Rockquemore If you can accept the fact that you don’t have to change who you […]

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Don't Be a Power Hog: How Sharing Information, Time and Authority Makes You a Better Leader

Rebecca Helton, MA

Being generous can mean sharing your feedback, your knowledge, and your credit with people–but most importantly, it can mean the difference between a good leader and a great one. From Fast Company: Don’t Be a Power Hog

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The I in Team

The Edge for Scholars

A recent Chronicle of Higher Ed article argues that “team science leaves many researchers lost in the crowd.”  Though the article centers on the challenges of assigning appropriate credit for discovery of the Higgs bosun—papers describing which frequently list some 2,800+ authors—the problem of assigning credit and the tenure and promotion benefits that flow from […]

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New NIH Biosketch Format Requirement Moved to May 25, 2015

Rebecca Helton, MA

Rest easy if you have a February NIH grant submission.  The new format for biosketches will not be required until May 25, 2015.  Stay tuned for more information about a panel discussion and set of small workshops that will help your biosketch tell the best story it possibly can.

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How to Be Polite

The Edge for Scholars

Most of us know what it takes to be polite in the moment.  Paul Ford argues that politeness over time–consistently, deeply–is far more important.  It benefits us, it benefits our institutions, and ultimately it benefits the world. “Politeness buys you time. It leaves doors open. I’ve met so many people whom, if I had trusted […]

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Author, Author, Who's Got the Author?

The Edge for Scholars

Authorship on a paper is obvious and will easily, automatically, and fairly be decided, right?  If you’re laughing right now, you probably don’t need to read further.  If you nodded your head, stop what you’re doing and read Small Pond Science‘s Terry McGlynn on how and why to negotiate authorship at the start of a […]

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Checking Social Media Phobia for Academic Parents: Awesome Teen Eden Lytle Offers Her Help!

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

This week we have a special guest posting genius, Ms Eden Lytle, who is sort of amazeballs at everything she does (trust us!). Eden is a senior at Brentwood High School in Nashville TN, and she kindly indulged us in a chat about how hard it is for academic parents to get a sense of what’s frightening and what’s […]

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