This week, we dig into the mailbag to answer your questions!Read More
When Dr. Kenneth Gibbs talks about diversity and inclusion in the sciences, it’s not just a cause célèbre. It’s personal.
“For those of you who don’t know me, I am a Black man. A descendent from enslaved Africans here in America, so my family has been here for hundreds of years. That’s part of my story.”
And while his grandfathers had 4th and 8th grade educations, his parents were able to go college in the 1970s because of public investment in programs like Upward Bound. He and his sisters were able to go to graduate school.
“I had a PhD from Stanford by the time I was 27,” Dr. Gibbs recalls. “You can see that arc, but you can also see that when I got that PhD, I was the only black man in my building for that five years that wasn’t a mailman, janitor, or technician.”
He finishes, “There’s nothing wrong with any of those jobs, but I said, ‘There’s something kind of “off” here.'”
Now, he’s working to fix the system, and to make science look more like society.Read More
In March 2020, the world shut down.
International borders were sealed. Businesses shuttered. Schools locked their doors and students were sent home to learn ‘remotely.’
At the same time, many universities and research labs also closed down for the summer of COVID-19. While a few labs remained open as essential research continued, many scientists froze down samples, trashed cell lines, and went home to spend some quality time with PubMed.
But now as summer wanes, the research labs are thawing out.Read More
Have you ever lamented the fact that there isn’t some kind of instruction book to help you navigate your scientific training?
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone explained how to choose a mentor, or what it means to give a ‘job talk?’ And is there any advice for how to deal with that negative peer-reviewer, or how to escape a sub-par PI?
Well, you’re in luck, because The Early Career Researcher’s Toolbox: Insights into Mentors, Peer Review, and Landing a Faculty Job by Andres De Los Reyes, PhD, is exactly the guide you’ve been looking for.
And this week, we get this clinical psychologist’s insight into why academic training is so stressful, and how you can overcome the major hurdles along the way.Read More
First, the good news: you’re not alone! About 1/3 of adults under age 30 carry some level of student loan debt.
Unfortunately, if you’re earning a post-graduate degree, you may owe nearly twice as much as your friends who stopped with a Bachelor’s degree.
This week on the show, we take a 360º look at student debt, and help you make a plan for paying it off without breaking the bank.Read More