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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.
Leadership and Management Skills: What You Might Not See in Your CV

Do you know how to create a successful resume? What are the things you should emphasize in this document versus your CV? In this presentation, Dr. Andrew Green provides very relevant information on how to use your research skills to elaborate an effective resume and become a competitive candidate for a particular job in Academia or Industry.

 

Translating your CV into an effective resume in the life sciences

Andrew Green, University of California, Berkeley

This presentation was part of the 2016 Career Symposium, “Leadership and Management Skills: What You Might Not See in Your CV.”

 

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.
March 2019 Social Media Collection: TAC Symposium Topic: “Marketing Yourself for a Successful Career”

Having a successful career in both academic and non-academic environment requires constant and deliberate marketing of one’s self in order to get the desired job and to keep it. In a world that is highly competitive, it is extremely important that trainees begin early in their career to cultivate the skills needed to stand out as a competitive job applicant or a competitive candidate for promotion in the future. Aside from having excellent communication skills in scientific writing, there are other numerous career development abilities that are vital for continued success. These include taking on leadership positions within and outside of the laboratory environment, project and time management skills, building scientific network locally and nationally, and engaging in service and mentoring opportunities.

This blog post will cover the topics that experienced speakers will address in the TAC Symposium, “Marketing Yourself for a Successful Career” at the 2019 Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

 

Post #1: Tools trainees need to be successful in Grad School:

https://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/grad-school/articles/life-grad-student/how-be-successful-grad-student-insider-tips/

 

Post #2:  7 important facts regarding industry jobs in Biotech or Pharma companies:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21428692-800-break-into-the-biotech-industry/

 

Post #3: Learn about Informational Interviews and their importance in building and expanding your professional network.

https://cheekyscientist.com/tips-how-to-prepare-informational-interview-with-industry-professional/

 

Post #4: When and how to start academic networking.

https://academicpositions.com/career-advice/how-to-start-academic-networking

 

Post #5: How to keep your professional network stronger and more successful.

https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4363-tips-build-professional-network.html

 

Post #6: What are the skills you need as an early investigator? What lies ahead after your Ph.D.?

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2017/10/27/surviving-academia-as-an-ecr-an-unreliable-guide/

 

Post #7: Switching smoothly from Academia to Industry.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03306-1

 

Post #8: How to use social media to promote your research and develop your career.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/10-ways-use-social-media-get-your-research-noticed#survey-answer

 

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.
Navigating the Grant Writing Process: Insight into NIH-style Grants for Trainees

One of the most important skills for a trainee to develop is the ability to write a clear and effective research grant proposal. With the current funding climate, writing a competitive grant is all the more crucial in transitioning to the next step in your career. APS member Dr. Ann Schreihofer from the Medical College of Georgia discussed not only the key components of a NIH-style grant but also provides valuable insight into the grant writing process.

Also, make sure to check out the All About Grants Podcasts hosted by the NIH to stay up to date on NIH funding

 

Down the Road to Funding: Getting That First Grant

https://www.lifescitrc.org/resource.cfm?submissionID=5722

 

All About Grants Podcast:

https://grants.nih.gov/news/virtual-learning/podcasts.htm

 

Lauren Stein, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of energy balance using rodent models of obesity.
November 2018 Social Media Collection: Peer Mentoring

Mentorship is critical for success as a scientific researcher. The traditional view of mentoring is a one-on-one professional relationship between a senior and junior investigator.  However, participating in a network or group of “near peer” or “peer” mentors can be more effective for both the mentor and mentee. The goal of this blog is to provide resources to help scientists become more educated on the benefits of peer mentoring, steps to take to be an effective peer mentor, and provide ways of creating opportunities to foster peer mentoring relationships. The first article discusses the pros and cons of traditional or hierarchical one-on-one mentoring and lays the ground work in support of mentoring networks involving peer mentors. In subsequent articles, we delve into near peer and peer mentoring and highlight some of the advantages and benefits of peer mentoring, practical methods to be an effective peer mentor, and how to start your own peer mentoring group.

 

Post #1: Should we do away with hierarchical one-on-one mentoring?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23425990

 

Post #2: Looking beyond traditional mentoring. Why peer mentoring may be more superior.

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6414/532.1.long

 

Post #3: Have you underestimated the value of mentoring?

https://www.labmanager.com/leadership-and-staffing/2017/07/the-value-of-mentorship-in-the-scientific-field#.W9nOe9VKi70

 

Post #4: Advantages of participating in peer mentoring. Is this the missing piece to being a successful post-doc?

https://www.nature.com/articles/nbt.3631

 

Post #5: Success isn’t achieved alone. How peer mentoring can benefit yourself and others.

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2004/08/peer-mentoring-part-1-why-we-must-lift-we-climb

 

Post #6: Practical methods to participate in peer mentoring.

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2004/09/peer-mentoring-part-2-practical-methods-lift-we-climb

 

Post #7: Want to help other scientists be successful? Form a peer mentoring group with these 5 easy steps.

https://blog.addgene.org/form-your-own-peer-mentoring-circle-a-how-to-guide-for-scientists

 

Post #8: Do you know the advantages of peer mentoring?

https://www.ascb.org/compass/compass-points/peer-mentoring-scientific-researcher/

 

Post #9: Are you a woman in science and want more mentorship? Check out this program!

https://www.nature.com/articles/nbt.1799

 

Post #10: Unexpected benefits for mentors from underrepresented backgrounds in near-peer mentoring.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5034940/

 

 

Kristi Streeter, PhD is a research assistant scientist at the University of Florida. Her interests are in understanding the cardiorespiratory impact of diaphragm sensory afferents and utilizing electrical stimulation to restore afferent input, engage spinal networks, and induce neuroplasticity to improve breathing following spinal cord injury.
Kick Start Your Funding: Looking Beyond NIH and NSF

Funding for scientific research is becoming progressively harder to obtain and competition continues to grow. Despite the increased challenge to gain federal funding (i.e. NIH), many universities and other institutions require their applicants to have funding when applying for faculty positions, regardless of their career stage. As such, an enormous amount of pressure is placed on trainees to obtain funding prior to looking for a position as an independent scientist. In addition, early career investigators who have already transitioned to independent positions also experience similar pressures and difficulties obtaining funding. In recognition of the funding crisis as well as the increasingly competitive job market for trainees and early career investigators, the goal of this symposium is to provide information on funding sources outside of the NIH and NSF. We have four speakers with each representing less tradition funding mechanisms including 1) industry, 2) private foundations, 3) crowd-funding, and 4) military funding. Each speaker identifies how to find funding within their genre, provide information and tips for writing successful grant proposals, and compare and contrast their organization with how other funding mechanisms (i.e. NIH) work. The speakers have either successfully obtained funding or are representatives from companies or private foundations that have grant programs or regularly fund product research. Information is also available on crowd funding websites.

Presentations

  • Seeking funding outside the norm: unique opportunities within military research programs
    Lisa Leon, Ph.D.US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
  • Successfully securing funding and collaborating with industry
    Eugene W. Shek, Ph.D.Lilly China Research and Development Co., Ltd.
  • Cancer funding from a private foundation
    Charles Saxe, Ph.D.The American Cancer Society
  • Crowd funding your science
    Melissa Wilson Sayres, Ph.D.Arizona State University

 You can find links to all presentations here:

http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Kick-Start-your-funding-Looking-beyond-NIH-and-NSF

Melinda Engevik, PhD is an instructor at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the interaction between intestinal microbiota and the host epithelium.
October 2018 Social Media Collection: Borrowing Skills from Business

Leadership, management, budgeting, and marketing sound like skills for CEOs, not scientists. However, these skill sets are also essential for researchers and there are several principles that can be taken from the business world and applied to academia. Accumulating evidence suggests that mixing business with science is a path to success.

Post #1: This month we will be discussing Borrowing skills from business: application for research, stay tuned!

 

Post #2:  Business principles for basic researchers

http://www.sciencemag.org/features/2016/10/business-principles-basic-researchers 

 

 

Post #3: Why scientists need to market themselves

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02747-y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post #4: The Why and How of Promoting Your Science Publication Online

https://bitesizebio.com/27823/the-why-and-how-of-promoting-your-science-publication-online/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post #5: Selling for scientists

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2014/03/21/selling-for-scientists/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post #6 Develop your career label so that it works in your favor

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/09/develop-your-career-label-so-it-works-your-favor

 

 

 

 

Post #7: How to market yourself as a graduate student

https://www.grad.umn.edu/marketingyourself

 

Post #8: Postdoc advancement: Marketing your value

http://www.sciencemag.org/features/2013/08/postdoc-advancement-marketing-your-value

 

 

Post #9: Do I make myself clear? Media training for scientists

http://www.sciencemag.org/features/2018/01/do-i-make-myself-clear-media-training-scientists

 

 

 

 

 

Post #10: Improving science communication in 3 easy steps

https://www.novartis.com/stories/from-our-labs/improving-science-communication-3-easy-steps

 

Post #11: The Basics of Lab Management

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2012/05/lab-management

 

Post #12: Project Management for Scientists

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/07/project-management-scientists

 

Post #13: Project Management for Scientists, Part 1: An Overview

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/05/project-management-scientists-part-1-overview

 

Post #14: Project Management for Scientists, Part 2: Getting Experience

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/06/project-management-scientists-part-2-getting-experience

 

Post #15: Project Management for Postdocs

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/03/take-your-worst-estimate-and-double-it-project-management-postdocs

 

Post #16: Crowdsourcing goes academic with platforms for reviewing advisers

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/02/crowdsourcing-goes-academic-platforms-reviewing-advisers

 

Post #17: These books can offer career guidance and inspiration

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/09/these-books-can-offer-career-guidance-and-inspiration

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