This week, we dig into the mailbag to answer your questions!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
It has quickly become a new way of life – working from home, avoiding restaurants and gyms, and ‘social distancing’ from coworkers, friends, and even family.
The upending of normal routines happened so quickly, and the days have become so blurred together, that it’s hard to keep track of just how long we’ve been confined to our apartments and homes.
But what about all the other scientists? The research faculty, postdocs, grad students, and technicians whose research doesn’t cover RNA viruses or epidemiology?
Even though they are not working directly on understanding COVID-19, they still have important experiments to do. They have cell cultures, fruit fly lines, and mouse colonies to maintain. The have classes to teach or take, dissertations to write, and theses to defend.
What happens to them when the University closes, and experiments are forbidden?
This week, we catch up with those scientists, to understand how they are adapting to life and science in a pandemic.
It’s that time of year again – summer days are growing shorter, your friends are trying to fit in one last trip to the beach, and the backpack aisle at Target is about to be cleared out to make way for the Halloween costumes.
Yes, it’s back-to-school time. From toddlers to teenagers, this time of year instills foreboding about the school-year ahead. But as a first-year graduate student, you may have other feelings.
For most, it’s the start of a new adventure. For the first time, you’re pursuing the one subject in the world you love best, surrounded by other equally brilliant and passionate people.
It’s the end of being told what to learn and how to study, and the beginning of blazing your own academic trail.
It IS a new experience – different from your matriculation in high school or college – and it may be difficult to know what to expect.
This week, we lay out a ten-ish step plan for putting your best-foot-forward in that first semester of your graduate journey.Read More