How to Not Hate Writing

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Name a single scientist in your acquaintance who pursued an academic science career for a love of writing. Go on, I’ll wait. Didn’t come up with anybody? Me neither. To a fortunate group, writing becomes a joy among the tasks that they must perform as they move their careers forward (note: enjoyment does not necessarily mean it is easy). To …

Time Management and the Social Media Rabbit Hole

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PART 3 of 3 In our series, “The ‘Social’ Scientist”, we’ve been talking about the reasons scientists may wish to establish an online presence, and some of the tools with which to do so. While this information is useful, for some it doesn’t go far enough. Once you’ve committed to cultivating your presence online, how much time should you devote …

Tools for the ‘Social’ Scientist

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First things first: be sure to review your institution’s social media policy. Chances are they have one, and you should be aware of what it is. Ignorance isn’t an excuse, and can have repercussions far beyond today. While options for social media engagement keep expanding, some platforms stand out as the current “must-do”. This is due to either their longevity …

9 Strategic Steps to Targeting the Right Journal for Your Research

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With an ever-increasing selection of peer-reviewed academic journals covering both broad and specialized topics, how do you figure out where to submit a manuscript? This is a great question, and one that most often comes either from investigators earlier in their careers, later investigators who have stumbled into a topic that isn’t their area of expertise, or non-native English speakers …

A Guide to Post-Doc Funding Opportunities

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Contributed by Dr. Cong Bi   Funding Opportunities for Postdoctoral Scholars Do you (or your trainee) feel that it’s time to apply for funding, but aren’t sure where to begin? For biomedical scientists, government agencies are often the first line of inquiry. It makes sense– that’s where a lot of research money originates. Even then, it can be unclear which …

“I don’t even know where to begin…”

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It’s not all that uncommon for us to receive emails from potential clients who have designed their study and collected data, just to feel completely overwhelmed about what to do next. Sometimes the sticking point is in the analysis: what tests to run, how to make sense of them. Other times it is in the writing: how to make a …

Make Your Slide Presentations Fail-Proof!

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Fear of public speaking is reportedly more common than fears of heights, death, or even snakes. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to ensure that we are prepared and sound professional. If you’re preparing, or about to prepare, a slide presentation, use these tips to make sure your presentation is spot-on! Target your audience Do you know who is …

Reporting P-values: New guidelines from the American Statistical Association

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As the era of big data pushes forward, many scientific publications have begun implementing guidelines for the reporting of statistical analyses. These guidelines now go beyond the basic tenet of giving the reader enough information about how the analysis was performed for it to be replicated. For example, Science and Nature both include multiple-paragraph instructions on statistical reporting. Further, a …

Research Spotlight: Endometrial miRNA can influence embryo transcriptome

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Recent work by Vilella et al., published in Development, identified that microRNAs–those small, non-coding RNAs that regulate gene transcription–are secreted by the human endometrium. In particular, 6 miRNAs exhibited were measured at different levels in the endometrial fluid during the “window of implantation”, or the time during which a female’s uterus is receptive to implantation by a developing embryo. One …