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Tips for Choosing Your Lab Notebook Pen (and Why You Need to Choose Carefully)

Keeping a meticulous lab record of your experiments is a necessity. And it’s drilled into us to back up our computers, including backups stored in different locations to ensure vital records don’t get lost. But how do we protect the hard copy information in our lab books? You may not have given much thought previously…

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Scientific Illustrations Part II: Molecular Graphics and Animation

How do you explain to your friends and family what you have you’ve been working on all this time? Conveying the true wonder and intricacy of your work to the layperson can be tricky. They won’t be familiar with the lingo, and they might not immediately know how to interpret scientific graphs and figures. You…

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Scientific Illustrations Part I: Schematics and Cartoons

Biologists have a long tradition of drawing specimens as a form of data collection before the invention of the camera. The ability to present information in the form of illustrations is an important but often understated skill in a scientist’s toolkit. Scientific illustrations in publications run the gamut from schematics, 3D models, cartoons, and even…

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Grant Writing: Everything but the Science

Join Kate Christian as she walks you through the other aspects of grant writing. In this webinar you will learn how to handle tricky tasks like: Career disruption Reason for choosing the place of work Track record relative to opportunity Consumer involvement And more We all understand that grant applications provide challenges to the applicants.…

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How to Effectively Communicate Your Research

Join Kate Christian as she demystifies the process of effectively communicating your research. In this webinar, you will learn: Why you should value research communication (and how this will affect your career) The routine steps you can take to better your communication skills How to describe the impact of your research Unfortunately, most researchers do…

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How to Prepare a Winning Grant Proposal– Part 3: Resubmission

The grant reviews are in and you need to reconsider your approach.  This session will provide guidance on how to process a grant review and take the next steps. You will learn: How to read and interpret a summary statement How to address critiques When not to resubmit The webinar will include real-world examples from…

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How to Prepare a Winning Grant Proposal– Part 2: Nuts and Bolts

Are you wondering how to get the reviewers’ attention and respect for your grant proposal?  This session will give you the tools to present your ideas in the best possible light. You will learn important elements of writing the research plan section of your proposal, such as: Essential items to include in your research plan…

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How to Prepare a Winning Grant Proposal–Part 1: Getting Started

Are you thinking about writing a grant proposal and not sure where to begin?  This webinar will cover the key items to address before you even start writing the research plan of your proposal. You will learn the basics about: How to target your proposal How to bring people on board How to prepare the…

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Intellectual Property: How Not to Shoot Yourself in the Foot

So you’ve discovered the Holy Grail all life scientists in your field are searching for – congratulations! The dollar signs start appearing and you realize that there is a huge scope for commercializing your research. But before you can actually collect the rewards, you need to have been thinking tactically about how to protect your…

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Assertive Slide Titles to Guide Your Presentation

When I first learned how to design scientific presentations, I kept hearing the same advice from well-intentioned mentors: “Make sure your presentation tells a story!” they’d say. I understood what they meant in principle, but I had difficulty implementing this advice in my own presentations. In this article, I’m going to share a simple way…

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How to Avoid Accidental Plagiarism and Academic Fraud [BMA Podcast]

In the modern research environment we have all of the information we need to work with right at our fingertips – just a cut and paste away. And that makes it very easy for even the most well-meaning scientist to accidentally stumble into plagiarism. Most of us think of plagiarism as simply copying someone else’s…

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How to Stop Worrying and Love Your Q&A Session

It’s your first conference talk, and you’re as ready as ready gets. Your outfit is on point, you’ve practiced your talk to perfection, you’ve backed up your slides on two flash drives plus your laptop (just in case), and everything is under control. Well, except for one thing: the dreaded Q&A session. There’s no telling…

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Open Access: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Your scientific research results will only change the world if they are effectively shared with the rest of the scientific community and with the world. Sharing our research is, of course, why we publish in peer-reviewed journals. The process of evaluating, editing, and publishing research papers has an inherent and unavoidable cost. Traditionally, journal subscribers…

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How to Give an Incredible Scientific Talk

Committee meeting approaching? 10 minute department seminar? Lab meeting? Fear not! My adviser has insulted my presentations so regularly, that I’ve finally learned some things. Hopefully, I can head your adviser off at the pass, and give you some tips on crafting an incredible talk. What’s the Occasion? Who’s Your Audience? This is arguably the most important…

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