Watch Now on the Edge Video Vault
Watch pro tips and solid advice from experts all across academia on the Edge Video Vault.
Here’s a list to get you started:
- 11 Tips to Increase your Writing Productivity (6:52)
Be more productive amid the obligations of chaotic life with these eleven techniques to give you an inside track on how to produce, and publish, more of your work.
- How Much Data from Tables Should be Presented in Text? (1:58)
How much of the data included in tables/figures should be left for the reader to extrapolate? Also emphasizes the inclusion of data in the form of supplementary information to be submitted along with the manuscript as part of the submission package.
- How to Write a Literature Review (9:21)
How to search the literature and identify relevant papers for your literature review with PubMed search using Boolean operators and MeSH terms. You might be doing a systematic literature review or meta-analysis – again, you’ll need to do a good PubMed search that identifies the right studies.
NIH and Grants
- How to Use NIH Matchmaker (2:48)
NIH Matchmaker can read your mind–or at least your abstract. Paste in up to 15,000 characters, and it’ll analyze your text for key terms and spit out the 100 most closely related projects. Here’s a quick tutorial for using it.
- NIH Human Subjects Information Using Grants.gov Workspace (3:06)
Learn how to navigate NIH forms using Grants.gov Workspace to enter human subjects and clinical trial information in a grant application.
- The Conversation: How To Get A Grant (9:53)
Learn a key approach to successful grant writing and grant getting, told through story of an encounter with a “skeptic” of this successful approach.
- Who Are You Really Talking To When You Write a Grant? (14:50)
In a competition for scarce resources, Morgan Giddings advises to make sure you involve your reviewers’ reptilian brain. The review may come from the rational, cerebral layer of the brain, but the decision comes from the our earliest, most instinctual layer.
Leadership and Mentoring
- Delegation Tutorial: Coaching Your People (4:21)
Tips for coaching employees, including asking questions, getting feedback, and more.
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (10:47)
Carrots (or money) aren’t always the best motivators. Dan Pink reveals the hidden truths about what really motivates us at work and in the world. A great companion to Drive.
- Getting Stuck in the Negatives (and How to Get Unstuck) (10:0)
Psychologist Alison Ledgerwood finds that paper or grant rejections stick with us much longer than acceptances. Our worldview tilts toward the negative, but we can train ourselves to see the positives.
- Leadership Tutorial: Using Positive Power and Politics (3:19)
Politics is ever present in the workplace, but it’s not all bad. Learn some quick types for building a positive image at work.
- E.O. Wilson: Advice to Young Scientists (14:57)
“The world needs you, badly,” begins celebrated biologist E.O. Wilson in his letter to a young scientist. Advice collected from a lifetime of experience — reminding us that wonder and creativity are the center of the scientific life.
- How to Chart a Successful Research Career (33:31)
Interview with author of Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career, Professor Alan M. Johnson.
- Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): The Importance of Ethics, Whistleblowing, and Mentoring (14:17)
Dr. Bill Gannon, director of Academic Integrity and Research Ethics (AIRE) at the University of New Mexico, discusses the importance of research ethics, the necessity and politics of whistleblowing, and value of mentorships.
- Beyond the Lab: Interview with Puck Ohi, Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology (16:17)
Dr. Puck Ohi talks about his career path from postdoc to faculty and PI, including how he learned to protect his time at the bench, how to develop a research niche, and why running a lab is like running a small business. He also discusses strategy for a dual career search.
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (6:13)
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
- Life as a Scientist, a Woman’s Perspective (17:56)
How do you juggle a toddler in a research lab? Very carefully. This talk looks at issues facing women (or any caregiver) in scientific careers, along with examples from women who have found ways to be successful as parents and as scientists.
- Productivity Tips on Time Management for Academics – Teaching & Research (7:50)
Time management for teachers and researchers can be difficult, because it’s hard to estimate how much time to dedicate to it. Here are some tips on how to better manage time for writing, grading and research.