Preparation Makes Perfect: Rizwan Hamid

Rebecca Helton, MA

“Why?” is Rizwan Hamid’s favorite question.  Why does one sibling get high blood pressure while another with the same genetic background doesn’t?  Why do people respond so differently …

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To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem

Rebecca Helton, MA

If you look under the Self-Help heading on Amazon, you’ll find roughly 5,000 books listed under the subhead Self-Esteem. The vast majority of these books aim to not only tell …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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