Author Archives: Kayla Palmer

Translational Research
Malgorzata Kasztan, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

What is Translational Research?
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2829707/

The Power of Translational Research:
https://www.fastercures.org/assets/TranslationalScience.pdf

How can you become a part of a big Translational Research Family?
https://www.the-aps.org/community/aps-communities/interest-groups/Translational-Physiology?SSO=Y

Do I need Translational Research Training?
https://www.sciencemag.org/features/2011/05/lab-clinic-and-back-translational-research-training-and-careers

“From Bench to Bedside” Award:
https://www.the-aps.org/professional-development/awards/translational-research-award?SSO=Y

Dr. Malgorzata Kasztan is an instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research focuses on how endothelin system alters renal structure and function in chronic kidney disease.

Borrowing skills from business
Mindy Engevik, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine

Tips & Tricks for delivering an amazing presentation
Giving presentations is an important aspect of sharing your research and achieving recognition in the larger medical and scientific communities. The ability to deliver an effective presentation can contribute to career success and thus is an important aspect to consider. Unfortunately, instead of engaging audiences and conveying enthusiasm, many presentations fall flat. Presentation pitfalls include overly complicated content, monotone delivery and confusing messages. In contrast, effective presentations are clear and concise, appeal to a wide range of audiences, and give audience members take away messages. This page offers advice to help to take your presentations from ‘good’ to ‘great’.

 

https://www.lifescitrc.org/collection.cfm?collectionID=2058

Resources:

Poster Do’s and Don’ts
Poster Presentation Skills
Presentation Skills in a Nutshell
Oral Presentation Skills
Sharing Science with the Public/Media
Career Advice – Your Research in the Headlines: Dealing With the Media
EB 2003 Mentoring Symposium – Presentation Skills
APS Professional Skills Training Course: Presentation Skills (Course Materials)

Dr. Melinda Engevik is an instructor at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College Medicine. Her research focuses on the interaction between intestinal microbiota and the host epithelium.

How to effectively communicate your science
Mindy Engevik, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Post #1: Science–graphic art partnerships to increase research impact
https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-019-0516-1

Post #2: Improving your science figures
https://blog.quartzy.com/improving-your-science-figures-what-i-learned-from-conversations-with-100-scientists

Post #3: Online drawing tools for effective research diagrams
https://www.ilovephd.com/10-simple-online-drawing-tools-for-effective-thesis-diagrams/

Post #4: How to design an informative lab website
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/lets-start-improving-research-lab-websites/

Post #5: Tips for communicating to non-scientists
https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2016/11/22/9-tips-for-communicating-science-to-people-who-are-not-scientists/#534a39ed66ae

Post #6: Designing power point slides for a scientific presentation
https://www.northwestern.edu/climb/resources/oral-communication-skills/designing-PowerPoint-slides.html

Post #7: How to deliver a great presentation
https://www.northwestern.edu/climb/resources/oral-communication-skills/delivering-presentation.html

Mindy Engevik, Ph.D. is an Instructor at Baylor College of Medicine. Her research focuses on microbe-mucus interactions in the gastrointestinal tract.

Tips to Becoming a Good Manager and Leading a Successful Team

Lila Wollman, PT, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Arizona

Post #1
“Why Scientists Should Have Leadership Skills”
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/why-scientists-should-have-leadership-skills/

Post #2
“Enhance Your Career with Leadership Skills”
https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2012/03/enhance-your-career-leadership-skills

Post #3
“Being a Good Manager: Nature vs Nurture (or Science)?”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2011/04/04/being-a-good-manager-nature-or-nurture-or-science/#1e2ae4de2b8c

Post #4
“Management for Scientists: Managing vs Leading”
https://blog.addgene.org/management-for-scientists-managing-vs-leading

Dr. Wollman is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on development and plasticity of the neurorespiratory system.


June 2019 Social Media Collection: Conflict Resolution

Lila Wollman, PT, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Arizona

Post #1
“Lab conflict and how to address it”
http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2018/03/09/lab-conflict-and-how-to-address-it/

Post #2
“Conflict Resolution: Definition, Process, Skills, Examples”
https://www.thebalancecareers.com/conflict-resolutions-skills-2063739

Post #3
“Why Scientists Need to be Better Communicators”
http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2017/scientists-need-better-communicators/

Post #4
“Managing Conflict with Emotional Intelligence”
https://wwww.linkedin.com/pulse/managing-conflict-emotional-intelligence-daniel-goleman

Post #5
“10 Ways to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence”
https://www.inc.com/young-entrepreneur-council/10-ways-to-increase-your-emotional-intelligence.html

Dr. Wollman is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on development and plasticity of the neurorespiratory system.

Resources for Finding the Perfect Job for the Graduate Student

Finding the perfect job can be difficult but there are plenty of resources available to you. Don’t worry!

Websites such as Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com, and the APS Career website are great resources for both academic and non-academic positions. APS also offers a Trainee Symposium at the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology that can also offer resources to the graduate student on the job hunt.

Below are a few links to help you find your way.

Post #1:

If you’re on the job hunt and need some more resources, consider checking out the APS Career web.

http://www.the-aps.org/meetings-awards/career-professional-development?SSO=Y

Post #2:

Are you a student? Are you graduating soon and on the job hunt? Check out this link for up-to-date physiology job postings!

https://jobs.sciencecareers.org/jobs/physiology

https://www.the-aps.org/meetings-awards/career-professional-development/career-center2?SSO=Y

Post #3:

Are you graduating soon and ready to start adulting? Get started early on the job hunt with a company researching tool.

https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm

Post #4:

On the job hunt? Check out Indeed where you can search for jobs, post your resume and research companies.

https://www.indeed.com/

Emma Teal is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati studying Gastric Ulcer Disease and Gastric Cancer.

Beginning on the Job Hunt: Resources for Soon-to-be or Recent Graduates

by Emma Teal, University of Cincinnati

Whether you are going into industry or academia, the job hunt can be a stressful experience. Writing your thesis, wrapping up your first author publication, and finishing-up experiments all while applying for jobs is a lot to handle. If you’re in the U.S., don’t write-off the possibility of working for the federal government. Also, if you are graduating soon or even if you are still a few years away, consider making and maintaining a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is not just a website for job seekers, but also recruiters and companies alike. There you’ll find plenty of job postings and recruitment opportunities.

USA Jobs.gov: https://www.usajobs.gov

Getting Started on an LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/topics/6227/6228/710

Emma Teal is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati studying Gastric Ulcer Disease and Gastric Cancer.

Exploring alternative career paths for Ph.D. scientists in life sciences

A wide range of interesting opportunities are available to PhD scientists in academic settings that don’t require a faculty appointment.  Alternatively, working in a pharma or biotech also offers many career options from bench research to product development to marketing and business administration.  Overall, the key to success is, being flexible and adaptable to change, developing the ability to leverage transferable skills, and be willing to work in teams with a collaborative spirit.

This post will cover some of the resources and articles on alternative careers for PhD scientists.  Part of this topic will also be addressed in the TAC symposium “Career Development Opportunites Outside the Academia –How to get there” at the 2019 Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Post #1 Non-academic careers for PhD scientists

https://cheekyscientist.com/top-10-list-of-alternative-careers-for-phd-science-graduates/

Post #2 Alternate career paths in academia for Ph.D. scientists that don’t require a faculty appointment

https://www.sciencemag.org/features/2016/08/alternatives-professorships-academia

Post #3 Valuable skills beyond the bench

https://www.sciencemag.org/booklets/career-trends-careers-away-bench?r3f_986

Post #4 Opportunities for scientists outside of research

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2013/05/21/careers-for-scientists-away-from-the-bench/

Post #5 Job prospects for junior scientists beyond academia

https://www.nature.com/news/many-junior-scientists-need-to-take-a-hard-look-at-their-job-prospects-1.22879

Post #6 Tips and skills to get into biotech and pharma industries

https://timmermanreport.com/2018/06/so-you-want-to-get-into-biotechpart-1-many-stories-many-paths/

Post #7 Developing transferable job skills

https://cheekyscientist.com/5-more-transferable-job-skills-top-biotech-companies-look-for-in-phds/

Post # 8 Convergence of academia and industry-An interesting article on how to transition both ways and have a successful career

https://www.mendeley.com/careers/article/research-in-academia-or-industry-how-to-transition-both-ways-and-succeed/

 

Nalini Kulkarni, PhD is a scientist in biotechnology discovery research at Eli Lilly and Company.  Her work focuses on discovering and enabling novel drug targets for chronic pain and neurodegenerative diseases.
April 2019 Social Media Collection: Adaptability

Adaptability is the most sought after soft sill in an ever-changing professional landscape.  With technologies and industries constantly evolving, being adaptable provides a competitive advantage in the workplace.  Developing a flexible mindset, embracing change and taking risks is vital to building a successful career in academia or industry.  Below are links to some helpful resources on key adaptability skills.

Post #1 Benefits of being adaptable

https://www.business.com/articles/how-well-do-you-handle-change-the-benefits-of-being-adaptable/

Post #2 Responding positively to change and being resilient is key to success

https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/10157-resilience-adaptability-business-success.html

Post #3 Some key characteristics of an adaptable person

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffboss/2015/09/03/14-signs-of-an-adaptable-person/#3c8b883016ea

Post #4 Demonstrating adaptability and flexibility through action on the job

https://work.chron.com/demonstrate-adaptability-job-15407.html

Post #5 Career adaptability and career competencies predict students’ well-being and performance

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6143682/

Post#6 Examples of workplace flexibility skills

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/workplace-flexibility-definition-with-examples-2059699

 

Nalini Kulkarni, PhD is a scientist in biotechnology discovery research at Eli Lilly and Company.  Her work focuses on discovering and enabling novel drug targets for chronic pain and neurodegenerative diseases.