The Black Hole
Many revolutionary advances in science can trace their origins to chance encounters between scientists from different areas of study that spark new ideas and thinking.
It is very hard to practice science well, which is why it is so important to use the scientific method.
Career planning and mental health in academe were some of the most-read topics addressed on the Black Hole in the past year.
Many scientists are leaving academe, but why they leave and who remains will have substantial implications for how we train future scientists.
Any decision to do something new is based on our confidence in ourselves to succeed at it.
A recent academic article breaks down the hiring practices of different types of academic institutions, dispensing valuable career advice to those looking to get hired.
This new series will discuss/debate leading life science topics with featured guests.
A new Wellcome Trust sponsored survey will hopefully bring about some positive change in the field.
These meetings are an opportunity to connect with each other and humanize our professional interactions.
We need to encourage the writing of more specific protocols and lobby researchers to publish them on open websites.
Universities employ a very small fraction of all career scientists and serve mainly as a stepping stone to the next career phase rather than a final destination.
Starting early and being ruthless about time management are just a few pieces of advice I wish I had been given at the start of this process.
The challenge is knowing when to step in and when to let go.
Simple, rather than drastic, changes can go a long way to improving equality.
For the first time, a postdoctoral fellow has been appointed to serve as a member of the governing council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
A sustainable culture is built on living one’s values, and demonstration of that inevitably comes from the top.
Among other things, these websites should be sharing the lab’s protocols and disclosing the career progression of its researchers.
Most founders in STEM are not interested in being rich – they want to achieve a paradigm change in their field.
Two of the most useful and underrated things in the world of academic science are support and trust. Both can make such a huge difference at key moments of one’s career, and parental leave should be no exception.
While our existing scientific publication system has limited value in this world, the scholarly peer review process is more important than ever.