You see it all the time—in a popular news article about a groundbreaking research study to even the primary literature—that so-and-so researcher is the "first" to make some brand new discovery. This claim makes me cringe every time I see it. Why? Well to be honest, it's highly unlikely to be the absolute first at … Continue reading #Scicomm Tip: Never claim to be the first to do anything in science
We all know them — research minions, professor’s pets, lab divas — those bench mates who seem to get all the attention and resources even though you are just as talented as they are. They often exhibit selfish behavior (e.g., leave common lab spaces messy, use up lab supplies, etc.), and for some reason, the principal investigator seems to reward them for this science superstar attitude, creating a perception of lab favoritism among team members.
By now, if you are a scientist who is not aware of the sitcom 'Big Bang Theory' then you would be best buds with Sheldon Cooper because you are completely out of touch with reality (or you just need to get out of the lab more!) Sheldon Cooper...excuse me, Dr. Cooper...is a quirky theoretical physicist with the social skills of a toddler and a dominating character on the show, now in its sixth season on CBS.
Have you hugged a postdoc lately? Well, this would be the week to show your thanks to a postdoc in celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week!
It is finally here… the free, online myIDP tool from Science Careers has been released! I am very excited about the online application because this individual development plan (IDP) tool is a great way to streamline the process of defining your career goals and provides an excellent step-by-step method with built-in ways to track your professional development progress.