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Does Humility Harm Your Career?

Jumpstarting Your Career as a Happy ScientistDoes Humility Harm Your Career? Date: 1 September 2021Time: 11:00 EDT | 16:00 BST | 17:00 CEST Whether you’re new to the lab or a seasoned principal investigator, isn’t it time you started being happy in your chosen career as a scientist? Wondering if this is practical or even…

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The Difference Between Efficiency and Optimization

Jumpstarting Your Career as a Happy ScientistThe Difference Between Efficiency and Optimization Date: 1 September 2021Time: 11:00 EDT | 16:00 BST | 17:00 CEST Whether you’re new to the lab or a seasoned principal investigator, isn’t it time you started being happy in your chosen career as a scientist? Wondering if this is practical or…

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What Constitutes a Happy Scientist?

Jumpstarting Your Career as a Happy ScientistWhat Constitutes a Happy Scientist? Date: 26 August 2021Time: 11:00 EDT | 16:00 BST | 17:00 CEST Whether you’re new to the lab or a seasoned principal investigator, isn’t it time you started being happy in your chosen career as a scientist? Wondering if this is practical or even…

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How to Organize Your Lab Space for Better Productivity

The physical arrangement of a laboratory can have a strong effect on a bioscientist’s efficiency; those extra steps and seconds of time can really add up! Here is a compilation of tips to help you organize your lab space to minimize inefficiencies and maximize your productivity in the lab. Organize Your Lab Space with Stations…

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How Scientific Researchers Can Write Effective Emails

Have you ever found yourself wondering why your emails don’t get quite the response you expect? Or no response at all? It is very easy to overlook the importance of constructing clear and concise emails that deliver the right message. In this article, we’ll cover key aspects of emails for your purposes as a scientist.…

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How to Marie Kondo Your Laboratory

Does your laboratory resemble the nest of an overly enthusiastic laboratory rat that went on a scavenger hunt and squirrelled away all that it has found? Do you find yourself playing Jenga with stacks of Petri dishes and freezer boxes? Have you ever attempted to decipher the meaning of the mysterious string of numbers on…

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7 Tips to Keeping Your Undergraduate Student Volunteers Interested in the Lab

Although we do our best to keep undergraduate students involved in experiments, they are often just in it for a letter of recommendation. Here are some ways to help them enjoy their lab experience and keep them invested in the projects. 1.    Maintain Mutual Respect: The relationship between primary investigators (PI) and undergrads differs slightly…

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Why Early Career Scientists Should Care about Mentoring Undergraduate Students

Let’s be honest: the mentoring of undergraduate students is sometimes the lowest on the list of priorities for a busy postdoctoral research fellow. Amidst experiments, research progress meetings, reviewing of literature, manuscript writing, grant applications, and convincing your PI to let you attend that conference in Hawaii, your undergraduate charges may be just mere afterthoughts.…

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Nil by Mouth: Evolution from the Glass Pipette to the Robot

If you compare a biologist with a cook and the lab with the kitchen, the pipette will be analogous to the most important cooking tool – the knife. But while the knife’s design has remained more or less the same since man moved from stone to metal some five to twelve thousand years ago, laboratory…

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Labs and Casinos: Sisters from Another Mister

Casinos and labs have absolutely nothing in common… or do they? While scientists often dedicate their life’s work to a specific mechanism/protein/etc., those that frequent casinos are also fueled by a desire to get that perfect hand dealt/Keno score/etc. Curiously, several aspects of the laboratory and casino environments are eerily similar. I know, I was…

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Get Your Dream Job! How to Best Organize Your (Many) Applications

If you’ve ever been on the job market, you know how many job applications you can end up filling out and submitting. Sometimes the entire process takes months or even years to culminate in the right job offer! It can be overwhelming to keep track of what you applied for and when. This is especially…

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Reducing Lab Waste One Experiment at a Time

As a scientist myself, I have always been focused on performing experiments to achieve my sole goal of producing data for a publication. Recently I started paying attention to the waste I solely generate on a regular basis in the lab. Starting from disposable Eppendorf tubes and pipette tips, to labels and Petri plates, it…

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