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. Should universities nurture in-house startups? Should universities nurture in-house startups? Driving Force March 24, 2014 What’s the best way for new findings in basic research to be translated into economic growth? For years, the standard model has been for technology transfer offices at universities to offer patent licenses to the highest bidders. A recent report from the Brookings Institute suggests there is a better way: nurturing university startups. 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. Sian Beilock wants to know why we choke Sian Beilock wants to know why we choke under pressure Member Spotlight March 14, 2014 University of Chicago psychologist Sian Beilock has built a career on studying elite athletes, students and other strivers who “choke” under pressure. In 2010 she wrote a book on the subject, "Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To." Now, Beilock, a AAAS fellow, is trying to figure out why American kids lag behind much of the rest of the world in mathematics, the fundamental skill set for the jobs our economy will need most in the 21st century. Improving diversity interventions: An empirical approach is not enough Driving Force March 7, 2014 I don’t like to split hairs, especially when I agree that a critical issue deserves attention. What follows, then, should be read as addressing means, not ends. How to increase gender diversity at scientific conferences Driving Force March 4, 2014 A lack of gender representation at conferences is both common and problematic. Luckily, there are steps you can take to help end this phenomenon. The real quandary of 'faculty fit' Driving Force February 24, 2014 I participated two weeks ago in a four-hour teleconference hosted by the nonprofit organization specializing in research and training on cultural dynamics. I sit on their board of directors and we were soliciting views on how Avatar could support their efforts. Around the table were 10 scholars, mostly academic and mostly minority. Six more were on the telephone, heard but not seen (myself included). I learned much, as the voices told a similar story that should shame academia.