Category Archives: Interpersonal

Multi-tasking during class: Not worth it

One day last year, I sat at the back of the room while a guest speaker gave a lecture in my undergraduate course. Some students were listening attentively, while others were doing all manner of other things on their laptops. … Continue reading

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To defer or not to defer gratification while in graduate school

It’s a gorgeous day in the East Bay, and I’m trying to figure out how to squeeze in everything that I want to accomplish today, both on the personal and professional fronts. So far, so good: I went on an … Continue reading

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How Ph.D. students choose their careers

What are the factors that lead graduate students away from careers in academic science? This study, based on in-depth interviews of a relatively small sample of Ph.D.s, suggests that the biggest factors are emotional/motivational. With a little more encouragement and … Continue reading

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Women in science, & Handy tips for the male academic

As graduate students who work with undergrads both in the lab and in class, you have an important role to play in encouraging young talent to pursue careers in science. Are you doing enough on this front? Might implicit biases … Continue reading

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Feeling like an imposter leads some away from academia

Thanks to the faculty member who pointed me toward this valuable article in Science Careers section of Science magazine, which has lots of great stuff: Recognizing “Imposter syndrome” for what it is

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Why are there so few female leaders?

With all the discussion around ‘leaning in’ these days, I thought this was a great little piece on the subject of gender and leadership. http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/08/why_do_so_many_incompetent_men.html

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The importance of stupidity

I’m guessing that when you were growing up, you were praised for your intelligence. (Just a wild hunch!) And while I’m sure that you are, indeed, very bright, I don’t think you should dwell on it. Today’s post is about … Continue reading

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