#Scicomm Tip: Never claim to be the first to do anything in science

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

Take the Monkey and Run: Science, Evolution and the Public

The science community was buzzing last week with coverage of the Bill Nye (aka "The Science Guy") vs. Ken Ham (aka Creation Museum CEO) debate on evolution vs. creationism. Instead of such overdramatized events, I think scientists have to focus on consistent and honest science communications with the public to keep them informed of new science and how to interpret the information to understand the world around us.

How to Build a Professional Network, Part IVa: Scientific Meetings

Professional conferences and meetings are a great way to network with people, especially professionals in a similar discipline. Also, this platform provides opportunities to gain more experience with presentation skills (if giving a talk or displaying a poster), obtain invaluable feedback on your research project, discover what science is being done outside your specific pigeon-holed … Continue reading How to Build a Professional Network, Part IVa: Scientific Meetings

How to Build a Professional Network, Part II: Informational Interviews

What is the value of an informational interview? I find informational interviews to be one of the most powerful tools for building a professional network and exploring various science career paths. As the name implies, it simply involves setting up an interview to obtain career-related information from a person who is experienced in a career … Continue reading How to Build a Professional Network, Part II: Informational Interviews