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”


Post #2: Can I negotiate?


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


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


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


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


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


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


Post #9: Negotiating As Therapy


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


Post #11:  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.

#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.


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


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


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


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


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.




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



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.



Post 3: Top 4 Job Clusters for the life sciences


  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:


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…



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



2018 Experimental Biology Career Center Activities


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
February 20th, 2018
February 2018 social media collection: Alternative Careers

Career trajectories in physiology are often a consequence of conscious choices as well as unique, unexpected opportunities.  Young scientists may be unaware of the diverse career trajectories or the skill development required for success in these jobs.


This symposium brings together scientists working in industry, government, education and consulting to provide students, early career professionals, and mentors an overview of the varying array of scientific career options in physiology.


Individuals on the panel will share their perspectives on:

  1. job functions and responsibilities;
  2. career path trajectories;
  3. skill sets, degrees and training opportunities that will improve (or perhaps limit) one’s chances of success; and
  4. expectations and potential obstacles.

Symposium format will include a brief career trajectory description from panel participants, followed by a discussion / question-answer period and a closing breakout session to meet and interact with the speakers.



A government physiologist’s perspective: http://bit.ly/2FTZoWK
Kathy Ryan, Ph.D.,
 US Army Institute of Surgical Research


Career opportunities for scientists in big pharma: http://bit.ly/2mU0Fp0
Michael Statnick, Ph.D.,
 Lilly Research Laboratories


Application of physiology in product innovation and business strategy http://bit.ly/2mQXKwA
Brad Wilkins, Ph.D.,
 Nike Inc.


Transitioning from faculty to professional advisor: http://bit.ly/2DRZ0Yj
Lori Seischab, Ph.D.,
 Michigan State University


Physiologists role as medical school curriculum architects: http://bit.ly/2mSy8iL
Anthony T. Paganini, Ph.D.,
 Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

  Amanda Miller, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at Penn state College of Medicine. She researches how the renin-angiotensin system alters the sympathetic nervous system and vascular function in mice and humans.
February 6th, 2018
February 2018 social media collection: Alternative Careers

More young scientists are leaving academia and perusing non-traditional or alternative careers. However, most PhDs do not end up in tenure-track professorships so alternative careers are really the normal track rather than the alternative. It’s important for all young scientists to explore alternative career options regardless of their career aspirations. These alternative careers open more options to PhD scientists and should not be thought of as a worse alternative to the traditional professorship track.




Post #1: This month we’re discussing alternative careers in physiology, stay tuned!


Post #2:  Should we really call non-academic jobs “alternative careers”?



Post #3: How do you decide if leaving academia is right for you? http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/03/leaving-academia


Post #4: The job market for PhDs may not be as bad as we think



Post #5: Where do Science PhDs go post-graduation?



Post #6: Where do Biology PhDs end up working?



Post #7: How to survive the ” Postdocalypse”



Post #8: Top 10 “Alternative Careers” for Science PhDs



Post #9: Is graduate school worth it?



Post #10: Tips for exploring alternative careers



Post #11: Think outside the box!



Post #12: Tips on transferring to Industry



  Amanda Miller, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at Penn State College of Medicine. She researches how the renin-angiotensin system alters the sympathetic nervous system and vascular function in mice and humans.