Thinking Outside the Lab: Finding a fulfilling non-research career Podcast January 00, 1970 In this webinar, you will learn firsthand from accomplished Ph.D.s who have successfully navigated a career outside of the research realm. They’ll talk about their own experiences, examine a range of career options open to STEM professionals across different sectors, and discuss the analytic, communication and teamworking skills needed for these kinds of roles. Describing and Measuring STEM Teaching Practices Describing and Measuring STEM Teaching Practices Download April 18, 2014 This new book "Describing and Measuring STEM Teaching Practices," is the result of a AAAS/NSF meeting that drew participants from nearly 50 institutions to identify tools and techniques that can be used in describing teaching practices. It discusses five techniques that individuals or organizations can use to measure STEM teaching: faculty and student surveys, interviews, classroom observations and teaching portfolios. The best descriptions of STEM teaching typically involve the use of multiple techniques, the book concludes. Webinar: Buildng Your First Lab Buildng Your First Lab: Tips, success stories, and how to build your own team Podcast January 00, 1970 One of the most exciting parts of becoming a scientist is the opportunity to build your own lab. But with that appointment comes financial needs and responsibilities. In this webinar, "Building Your First Lab," you'll hear from PI's who have successfully setup labs and will share their know-how with you. Join us May 6 at 12 noon ET for this exclusive event. Tips for picking a perfect postdoc position Tips for picking a perfect postdoc position Driving Force April 11, 2014 When you are a graduate student it may feel like you'll be in school forever, but you won't. However, besides battling your dissertation, you also will need to think about your next career move. If you're a Ph.D. student in the sciences this may mean finding a postdoctoral position. Your postdoc advisor is one of the most important people in your career, so you want to choose carefully. Here are some tips for finding the perfect postdoc position for you. Impostor Syndrome: What it is and what you can do about it Impostor syndrome: What it is and what you can do about it Driving Force April 7, 2014 Marie Klawe is a talented computer scientist and president of elite Harvey Mudd College, but in a recent article she admitted to feeling like a failure despite all of her accomplishments. How could such a successful scientist harbor such self-doubt? The answer is that Klawe suffers from "impostor syndrome," a surprisingly common ailment among scientists and academics. A clinically satisfying research career: Ph.D.s as medical geneticists A clinically satisfying research career: Ph.D.s as medical geneticists Driving Force March 31, 2014 One of the highlights of this year’s 7th annual Future of Genomic Medicine conference was the growth of personalized genetics in medicine. Health care professionals such as genetic counselors have been at the intersection of individual genetics and patient care for decades, and, given the growing emphases on personalized genetics, the demand for these skills may be expanding. One of the conference attendees, David Epstein, a science writer and reporter for ProPublica, demonstrated the current lack of professionals by tweeting a picture of a slide comparing the number of oncologists in the U.S. with the number of medical geneticists (Alaska has two times the number of oncologists as there are medical geneticists in the whole U.S.). "Could use some more medical geneticists," he tweeted at #FOGM2014.  Academics and the Wild West of social media Academics and the Wild West of social media Driving Force April 15, 2014 I am a big proponent of academic scientists using social media (see 10 ways scientists can benefit from Twitter and How to start sharing your science on social media). Yet, I’ve also become more aware of the potential risks associated with the use of these new forms of communication. In this post I will share some cautionary tales about social media use as well as some thoughts on how to avoid such problems. Communicating science: Still talking to ourselves? Driving Force March 31, 2014 With the resurrection this month of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" on ten networks, the spirit of Carl Sagan’s work (one of my heroes) has again penetrated public consciousness. We used to hear about popularizers and public intellectuals. Explaining—no, demonstrating—examples of how science works was a gallant experiment in demystification. National conference shows underrepresented researchers making strides National conference shows underrepresented researchers making strides Wednesday, March 12, 2014 There is some serious brain power going on here. More than 650 student researchers from around the nation have poured into a Washington, D.C., hotel to network and show off their work. Rows of posters celebrate undergraduate research on cancer, robotics—even underwater communication. There are 70 graduate students giving oral and poster presentations on topics from hairy nanoparticles to quantum turbulence. VIDEO: Conference speakers inspire underrepresented students to pursue STEM careers Video March 12, 2014 Each keynote speaker at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, held Feb. 22-23 in Washington, D.C., had a different story to tell of how they got where they are today. They had one trait in common, however. All of them faced doubts, fears and stereotypes along the way but didn't allow those feelings to stop them from achieving their goals, to work in science and to become leaders in their fields. The ERN conference, now in its fourth year, seeks to help underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities at the undergraduate and graduate level, enhance their science communications skills and better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce. The conference was co-hosted by AAAS and the National Science Foundation.