Office Hours in the Pool Hall

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Teaching this semester?  Wondering about ways to connect to your students?  It might be time to try meeting them somewhere unusual. Holding office hours in different places helped me reach …

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Job Seekers, Don't Curb Your Enthusiasm

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For those of you heading on the job  market this year, take some advice from Allison M. Vaillancourt, VP of institutional effectiveness and HR at the University of Arizona: This …

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Working Backwards: Digna Velez Edwards

Rebecca Helton, MA

Digna Velez Edwards, PhD, can’t remember never doing science. Whether through research initiatives or attending science programs as a child, she always sought to feed her love of nature …

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Getting Over Procrastination

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The tendency to procrastinate dates back to the very beginnings of civilization. As early as 1400 B.C., Steel told me, ancient Egyptians were struggling with basic time management. ‘Friend, stop …

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How Humor Can Transform Your Classroom

Rebecca Helton, MA

Do you think a little amusement might brighten up your teaching?  Want to be funny in front of a classroom, but not sure of the best way?  Natascha Chtena has …

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Reclaiming To-Do Lists

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I had been using the Clear app on my phone and my desktop computer because it allowed me to sync all my tasks no matter where I was. It worked …

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Random Reflections on Getting Published

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Kirsten Bell, associate editor for Critical Public Health, spills the beans on what it takes to get published, including strategic submission dates, how to challenge an editorial decision, and doing …

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Win Over an Opponent by Asking for Advice

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Whether it’s a high-stakes monetary negotiation or winning support for a proposal, the simple gesture of soliciting advice can make you more likeable, encourage your counterpart to see your …

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Writing Environments

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Writing is an inherently social activity — we write for others — that we most often undertake in solitude. This is one of writing’s great contradictions. We write for an audience, …

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Rock Talk: Biosketch Changes and New Efforts to Maximize Fairness in Peer Review

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Changes to the Biosketch We’re set for a major change in how you portray your body of work when applying for NIH funds.  With strong support from NIH leadership, …

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