September 10th, 2018
September 2018 Social Media Collection: Science Communication

Science communication is relevant for all professionals nowadays. Educating citizenry is essential to understand the role of science in people’s lives. Likewise, improving your communication skills can help you tremendously towards the next steps in your career either in academia or industry. Sharing our research effectively can reduce the gap of uncertainty that we scientists often have with non-expert audiences. The following posts will teach you how to be an effective communicator by learning science communication tips and reading successful stories.

 

Post #1: How to improve your communication skills in science

https://www.aaas.org/comm-toolkit

 

Post #2:  how to explain your science in different situations

https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/blog/2014/11/explaining-your-science-tips-clear-communication 

 

Post #3: How can you get noticed in your early career? (for students)

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2011/03/16/phd-students-how-to-improve-your-communication-skills-and-why-you-should/ 

 

Post #4: Why is necessary to have effective science communication to the non-expert? The story of Elizabeth Bass

https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.116.023297?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&

 

Post #5: Could baby’s first bacteria take root before birth? A controversial science topic explained for all audiences.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-00664-8 

 

Post #6: 11 tips for communicating science to the public.

https://www.aaas.org/blog/qualia/11-tips-communicating-science-public

 

Post #7: Podcast. Alan Alda’s experiment: helping scientists learn to talk to the rest of us.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/04/531271710/alan-aldas-experiment-helping-scientists-learn-to-talk-to-the-rest-of-us

 

Post #8: 14 current hot science topics and an effective way to describe their importance to the non-expert.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/here-are-stories-will-make-science-headlines-2018

 

Miguel Zarate, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research focuses on the interactions between the fetal immune system and nutrient metabolism in inflammatory challenge and intra-uterine growth restriction models in sheep, mice, and humans.
July 27th, 2018
Negotiating Is a Skill – Let’s Learn It Together

Negotiation is both a skill and an art. Understanding your strengths and weakness will help you to best promote yourself and succeed in interviews and getting the position you are aiming for. By learning about your personality type, and that of others, you will be able to not only put your best foot forward, but to utilize your knowledge to manage expectations of other personality types. We will open a window onto the negotiation skills for every step of the way, from getting a position to climbing the ladder of success in diverse settings. Getting a position is not the end of the negotiation process. These skills will continue to be useful throughout your career as you ask for promotions, work in committees, move into new spaces, apply for both internal and external grants, and navigate the hierarchy at your institution. The Women in Physiology Mentoring Symposium for EB 2016 will focus on what negotiation really is: using the right tools and the right approach to succeed in any discipline. To address this issue, we will discuss personality types, help you to determine yours and teach you skills to maximize your strengths based on your gender and your own personality. In addition, negotiation skills will be discussed, both in general and in more specific areas with a panel of speakers from various fields, including academia, industry and the military. These speakers will give an overview of specific negotiation skills related to these environments, including issues you should be aware of, what you should ask for, how to ask, and what’s “soft” in each setting. These presentations will be followed by an additional 20 minutes question and answer session with the speaker panel.

 

Presentations

  • Making Your Personality Type Work for You
    Diane Klotz, Sanford Burnham Presby Medical Discovery Institute
  • Negotiation 101: Skills Everyone Needs
    Trevor Blair, Manpower 
  • Negotiation 201: Industry Sales/Marketing
    Katherine Atkinson, Illumina, Inc.
  • Negotiation 201: Industry R&D
    Magdalena Alonso-Galicia, Bayer HealthCare LLC 
  • Negotiation 201: Academia Research
    Kim BarrettUCSD
  • Negotiation 201: Academia Teaching
    Jennifer K Uno, Elon Univ. 
  • Negotiation 201: Military
    Kathy Ryan, US Army Institute of Surgical Res,
  • Panel Discussion

 

You can find links to all presentations here: http://www.the-aps.org/negotiating

https://www.lifescitrc.org/searchResultsAll.cfm?resourceID=35

Malgorzata Kasztan, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She researches how the endothelin system alters renal structure and function in chronic kidney disease.
July 11th, 2018
July 2018 Social Media Collection: Negotiation

Negotiation is both a skill and an art. Understanding your strengths and weakness will help you to best promote yourself and succeed in interviews and getting the position you are aiming for. By learning about your personality type, and that of others, you will be able to not only put your best foot forward, but to utilize your knowledge to manage expectations of other personality types.

 

 

Post #1:  Want to learn more about negotiating? Start reading our July “Negotiation series”. First round – “Know These Things Before Negotiating”

http://theprofessorisin.com/2018/02/09/know-these-things-before-negotiating/

Post #2: Can I negotiate?

http://theprofessorisin.com/2016/03/21/can-i-negotiate-advice-for-all-especially-international-ph-d-s/

Post #3: Academic Scientists at Work: Negotiating a Faculty Position

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2005/02/academic-scientists-work-negotiating-faculty-position-0

Post #4: How to negotiate your tenure track offer?

http://theprofessorisin.com/2016/02/11/how-to-negotiate-your-tenure-track-offer/

Post #5:  Do’s and Don’ts! Round 5 – How (Not) to Negotiate a Tenure Track Salary

http://theprofessorisin.com/2017/02/24/how-not-to-negotiate-a-tenure-track-salary/ 

Post #6: Dual career couples have become a norm. How to search and negotiation for two 

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/06/until-academic-careers-do-us-part

Post #7: What does it take to make an institution more diverse?

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05317-4

Post #8: Managing Up in Academe. Let’s learn about effective professional communication and productivity!

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2018/04/16/how-work-most-effectively-your-supervisor-opinion?

Post #9: Negotiating As Therapy

http://theprofessorisin.com/2018/03/16/negotiating-as-therapy/

Post #10: Job X Is Not Job Y (And Wishing Won’t Make It So)

http://theprofessorisin.com/2018/04/21/job-x-is-not-job-y-and-wishing-wont-make-it-so/

Post #11:  Negotiation Tactics and Strategies

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2000/03/negotiation-tactics-and-strategies

Malgorzata Kasztan, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She researches how the endothelin system alters kidney structure and function in different models of chronic kidney disease.
June 21st, 2018
Recognizing Bias in Science

We all know the old saying “you need to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” Because everyone comes at life from a different background, stepping into somebody else’s Nikes or high heels can be extraordinarily difficult. What’s more, it’s becoming more and more apparent that workplace conflicts may arise from biases that we are not even aware we have. This collection of presentations explores where these biases come from and how we can make ourselves more conscience of them. Having a better awareness for this, so called, implicit bias in the workplace will help to make a more positive scientific and learning environment.

Presentations:
#1 “Implicit and explicit bias in science and science education”
Charlotte Tate, PhD, San Francisco State University

#2 Implicit bias: What is it- and what can we do about it?”
Tamera Schneider, PhD, Wright State University

#3 Surviving and thriving in the Post-Weinstein Word”
Gretchen Dahlinger Means, JD, University of Southern California

You can find links to the presentations here: http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Implicit-Bias-in-Science

Joe Santin is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. His research focuses on understanding how neural circuits in the brain work by studying a diverse range of animals.
June 7th, 2018
June 2018 Social Media Collection: Conflict Resolution

As scientists and educators, we often concern ourselves with doing the best experiment or scrambling to prepare for lecture. But the fact of the matter is a major part of our jobs may involve dealing with difficult people in the lab, classroom, and office. This collection of posts explores different types of conflicts that may arise, why they arise, and how to deal with them.

 

 

 

Post #1: The mentor-mentee relationship can be difficult. Here’s how to finish graduate school with a toxic mentor.

https://cheekyscientist.com/academic-advisor/ 


Post #2: Tips on handling conflict in the lab!

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2018/03/09/lab-conflict-and-how-to-address-it/ 

Post #3 A non-scientists perspective on dealing with difficult people

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chriscancialosi/2018/03/05/a-guide-to-dealing-with-difficult-people/#5fae68002293

Post #4 Science is collaborative, but who gets credit? Tips for negotiating authorship

https://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v489/n7417/full/nj7417-591a.html

Post #5 We need to strive for equality in science. Women share their experience in STEM PhDs

https://www.bustle.com/p/9-women-in-stem-share-the-challenges-theyve-faced-in-a-male-dominated-field-70930

Joe Santin, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. His research focuses on understanding how neural circuits in the brain work by studying a diverse range of animals.
May 21st, 2018
How to Search for the Perfect Job

Once you’ve decided it’s time to try your hand at finding a permanent position and you selected the career path you’d like to take, there are many ways to go about beginning your search. The following presentations provides information regarding 1) launching a job search, particularly for a dual-career couple; 2) delivering a job talk: formal seminar vs. chalk-talk; 3) the art of interviewing; and 4) negotiation tips. There is also a mock interview and potential interview questions.

 

 

Presentations

Launching a Job Search
Colleen Cosgrove Hegg, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Delivering a Dynamic Job Talk
Susan C. McKarns, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

The Art of Interviewing: Winning the Job
Lynn Wecker, Ph.D., University of South Florida College of Medicine

Navigating Negotiations
Kim E. Barrett, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Mock Interview and Negotiation Videos
Potential Interview Questions

 

You can find links to all presentations here: http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Job-Search-and-Interviews/Postdoctoral-Fellows/How-to-search-for-the-perfect-job-/Gainfully-Employed

 

Kristine Y. DeLeon-Pennell, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and at Ralph H Johnson VAMC. She researches how the immune system regulates the wound healing response in cardiovascular disease.
May 7th, 2018
May 2018 Social Media Collection: How to Get a Job

You’ve graduated or completed your postdoctoral fellowship, now what? Moving on to the next career phase can be difficult. Believe me I just did it. It’s important for all young scientists to explore their career options and be open to ‘unconventional’ paths that get you to your ultimate goal. The following post are just a few tips on how to find a job.

 

 

 

Post 1: April showers bring May jobs?? Networking as tool to find your next position

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2013/06/20/networking-tips-for-graduate-students

 

Post 2: You’ve slaved away and now it’s time to move on. But how? Here’s a few tips to finding a job.

https://www.labsexplorer.com/c/where-to-find-a-job-after-a-phd-or-a-postdoc_30

 

Post 3: Top 4 Job Clusters for the life sciences

http://cheekyscientist.com/life-science-career-clusters-for-employment-opportunities/

  Kristine Y. DeLeon-Pennell, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and at Ralph H Johnson VAMC. She researches how the immune system regulates the wound healing response in cardiovascular disease.
April 27th, 2018
Setting Your Sites on an Industry Career

Love for research is one thing, but knowing the right research environment that suits your personality and research goals may be the factor that makes you successful in securing an industry position and accomplishing your goals as a successful scientist. Dr. Bryan Clay touched on major differences between research in industry and academia in his 2017 Mentoring Symposium talk entitled, “Selecting a Good Lab for Postdoctoral or Research Experience in Industry.” Unlike academia, the main research goal in industry is to bring a product to market; as a result, the timeline is critical and usually quick, research is conducted in teams, and teams are more specialized and diverse in order to achieve that goal. How can you find positions in industry? There are various platforms that trainees can utilize in searching for industry positions. Platforms like company websites, Biospace, Medzilla, Indeed, LinkedIn, networking events, industry postdocs, and internships are  all useful resources for securing an industry position. When applying for industry positions, it is important to start early, typically 6 months or more before your desired start date. Also, you should be open to relocating, tailor your resume, and highlight research experiences that fit the position that you are applying for. Finally, network, network, and network! In addition, before applying for that industry position it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages between small biotech and big pharmaceutical companies. Small biotech companies usually have less resources, but you may have more influence and gain more experience working in biotech companies. Because resources are limited, research teams may not be as diverse as in big pharmaceutical companies, hence scientists in small biotech companies may participate in all aspects of the project. Overall, own your career and do what fulfills you. To listen to the presentation in its entirety, click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6kTHTdLmq8

Ijeoma Obi is a PhD Candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Section of Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine. Her research project focuses on the effects of early life stress on renal inflammation and blood pressure regulation.
April 10th, 2018
Experimental Biology (EB)

With EB around the corner, don’t forget to download the free, easy-to use EB2018 mobile App on your Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. The App makes it easy to search for abstracts, specific sessions, and exhibitors. Session searches can also be filtered by discipline, sponsor, track, or type. In addition, the App includes maps of the entire convention center and tips for how to use the App.

To download the App, click on the link below and follow the instructions…

http://experimentalbiology.org/2018/Program/EB-Mobile-App.aspx

 

Furthermore, EB has partnered with an international film and broadcasting company to bring EB TV to this year’s conference. The daily program will consist of two main features: (1) Conference news which includes onsite interviews, event highlights, and attendees’ reaction and thoughts, and (2) In-depth reports in the form of five minute documentary films discussing research programs from various research institutions around the world. So, while you are planning on taking advantage of all the events and programs scheduled for this year’s conference, stay safe and enjoy your stay in San Diego!


Experimental Biology Conference- Frequently Asked Questions

http://experimentalbiology.org/2018/About-EB/Frequenty-Asked-Questions.aspx

 

2018 Experimental Biology Career Center Activities

http://experimentalbiology.org/2018/Career-Resources/Career-Center/EB2018-Career-Center-Schedule.aspx


The NEW Trainee Hour

APS Trainee Symposium: Do it Again: How to Achieve Rigorously Reproducible Research

Date: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday,  April 22, 23, 24

Time: 7:00-8:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 25A

 

APS Mentoring Symposium: Recognizing and Responding to Implicit Bias in Science

Date: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday,  April 22, 23, 24

Time: 7:00-8:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 25C

 

APS Career Symposium: Hallmarks of Ground Rules for Productive Collaborations in Science

Date: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday,  April 22, 23, 24

Time: 7:00-8:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 25B


APS David Bruce Undergraduate Poster Session and the Horwitz/Horowitz Awards Ceremony

Date: Sunday, April 22nd

Time: 4:00*-5:30pm

Location: Convention Center, Sails Pavilion

* Undergraduate presenters should arrive at 3:00 PM to hang posters and meet with graduate departments


Physiologist in Industry Committee Mixer

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Time: 6:45-8:00pm

Location: Oceanside Room in the San Diego Marriot Marquis and Marina Hotel


Publishing 101: How to Get your Work Published and Avoid Ethical Minefields

Date: Monday, April 23rd

Time: 8:30-10:00am

Location: Convention Center, Room 28DE


Nobel Laureate, Dr. Leland Hartwell

Date: Wednesday, April 25th

Time: 3:30-4:30am

Location: Convention Center, Room 20A

Ijeoma Obi is a PhD Candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Section of Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine. Her research project focuses on the effects of early life stress on renal inflammation and blood pressure regulation.

 

March 8th, 2018
Training the next generation of scientists to be transparent

Scientific rigor and reproducibility have become new buzzwords, often being floated in discussions in labs, department meetings, and scientific conferences. As public confidence in science has fallen in the United States, the need for increased transparency has risen. The majority of scientists now see this issue as a significant concern, if not an outright crisis. (1) The causes for both the fall in public opinion and some of the high-profile examples that have precipitated the current situation are well beyond this article. This post will focus on three parts: first, to state what rigor and reproducibility is and what it means for trainees; second, to identify several resources that trainees will find useful; and third, to highlight the upcoming 3-part Trainee Symposium on Rigor and Reproducibility at the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, CA (2). Links and resources that trainees may find helpful will also be shared through the APS Trainee social media Facebook and Twitter throughout the month of March.

 

The NIH has made increasing transparency and rigor in science one of its top priorities. They define scientific rigor as, “the strict application of the scientific method to ensure robust and unbiased experimental design, methodology, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results. This includes full transparency in reporting experimental details so that others may reproduce and extend the findings. Investigators should apply the elements of rigor that are appropriate for their science.” (2) Simply put, this means that science should be written and presented in a way that is clear and unambiguous so that others may find similar results should they repeat the study themselves. However, the NIH definition is less than helpful in making recommendations to scientists and trainees as to what steps would make their science more transparent. Luckily, there are resources available.

 

In results reported in a 2016 survey, poor experimental design and flawed statistical analysis were the leading causes of irreproducibility. (1) Fortunately, most academic institutions now offer courses and seminars on these topics at no-cost or low-cost to science trainees. Many institutions also have resources such as statisticians that are available for consultation. Additionally, there are many resources available online and in-person, some of which are detailed in this Nature article (4) and an associated Nature blog article (5). There are also many resources available from societies such as the American Physiological Society, including slides and videos from past seminars and symposiums on improving scientific rigor. You can visit their toolbox for reproducibility here (6).

 

Finally, the APS Trainee Advisory Committee will be hosting a 3-session symposium at the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, CA. These three sessions, each held from 7:00-8:00 am in Room 25A of the San Diego Convention Center across 3 consecutive days (21-23 April) will feature 4 speakers who will speak directly to the trainees needs and roles in developing rigorous and reproducible science. The speakers will be discussing the role of trainees in scientific rigor, obtaining research funding, experimental design, publishing results, and much more. For more information about the symposium, you can visit the APS website here or on the EB app prior to the meeting. Here are the speakers that you can look forward to listening to during the 3 sessions:

 

Sunday, 21 April

  • Enhancing the Value of Research Findings: Ongoing Activities at NIH and Beyond
    Shai Silberberg, Ph.D.,NINDS/NIH

 

Monday, 22 April

  • Building Bridges: Learning to Work Effectively with Regulatory Committees
    Bill Yates, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
  • Practical Applications of Rigor and Reproducibility in the Laboratory
    Sean Stocker, Ph.D.,University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

Tuesday, 23 April

  • Publishing Reproducible Research: Ensuring that Editors, Reviewers, and Readers Have Confidence in your Findings
    Kim Barrett, Ph.D.,University of California San Diego School of Medicine

 

The need to have rigorous and reproducible research is only going to increase. Trainees have the potential to play an important role in the way we publicly discuss science. While trainees may have to seek out and maybe even create some of the resources they need to develop the next generation of transparent science, resources are already available at their institutions and from sources like the APS. Hopefully we’ll see you at the Trainee Symposium at EB in San Diego this April!

Ryan Downey, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at Georgetown University. As part of those duties, he is the Associate Program Director for the Master of Science in Physiology and a Team Leader for the Special Master’s Program in Physiology. He teaches cardiovascular and neural physiology across several graduate level courses. He received his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from UT Southwestern Medical Center. His research interests are in the sympathetic control of cardiovascular function during exercise and in improving science pedagogy. When he’s not working, he is a certified scuba instructor and participates in triathlons.
  1. Baker, M. (2016). 1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility. Nature, 533, 452–454.
  2. 2018 Trainee Symposium — “Do it Again: How to Achieve Rigorously Reproducible Research”. American Physiological Society. Accessed 26 February 2018. http://www.the-aps.org/rigorously-reproducible-research
  3. Frequently asked questions — Rigor and Transparency. National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research. Last revised: 1 February 2016. Accessed 26 February 2018. https://grants.nih.gov/reproducibility/faqs.htm#4828
  4. Baker, M. (2016). Reproducibility: Seek out stronger science. Nature, 537, 703–704.
  5. Seeking out stronger science: An incomplete, non-systematic list of resources. Naturejobs — Naturejobs blog. Last revised: 28 September 2016. Accessed 26 February 2018. http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2016/09/28/training-resources-for-experimental-design-and-analysis/
  6. Reproducibility in Research. American Physiological Society. Accessed 26 February 2018. http://www.the-aps.org/mm/SciencePolicy/Agency-Policy/Reproducibility