Resources

Always be waiting on something: Goal setting for early career

By knaegle on July 17, 2018 in Resources

There is a wonderfully intoxicating process of building your lab as an independent investigator. All the decisions are yours now. Who becomes part of your team, how you run the lab, when you have lab meetings, where do you order reagent X from..the possibilities are endless. Then, sometime, you r...

Signing my peer review – unintended consequences and gender

By knaegle on June 5, 2018 in Resources

Roughly two years ago, I began to sign every peer review I did for journals. It resulted directly from a review on an article that I received that had glaring issues and made me wonder “Would they have been this sloppy if they had to attribute their name to this work?” I perform peer ...

Grant hack: Avoid having to cut text at the end

By knaegle on May 18, 2018 in Resources

If you are anything like me, then the last phase of your grant writing process is madly trying to shorten everything into the allotted space constraints. I no longer remember if I got this tidbit from elsewhere, or discovered it myself in the last few years… However, one thing that has sign...

Research talk recipe: 1 part teaching, 1 part novel research

By knaegle on May 18, 2018 in Resources

In my first year as an assistant professor, I gave the worst seminar of my life. I was invited to give a seminar at an institution that had one of the most knowledgable people in the field in the specific area of my science. I therefore presumed the audience would generally be bored/offended if I...

When you are bad with names and need to remember a lot of them

By knaegle on March 8, 2017 in Resources

I am really bad at remembering names. Sometime in my early decades as an adult, I learned techniques that worked for me that helped improve both my short-term and long-term recall of a name. For example, if I met someone new at an event I would say their name three times during that meeting, like...

Measure it to manage it

By knaegle on February 3, 2017 in Resources

One of the more life-altering moments in my second year as an assistant professor was reading Jean Peccoud’s Perspective article in PLoS Computational Biology “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. It is short and I highly recommend that you read it directly...

Maximize your institution’s seminars

By knaegle on November 15, 2016 in Resources

The best nugget that came out of my mid-tenure review was to make better use of meeting seminar speakers across my university. This was excellent advice, especially for someone who tries to contain their travel, which limits meeting people outside my institute.  Here’s what I do now: At the...

Keep track of EVERYTHING

By knaegle on October 24, 2016 in Resources

I received advice early on to keep a spreadsheet of all my activities. This was excellent advice — as academics we are often called upon to list our service work, grant applications, publications, training, etc. for things, such as: annual reviews, mid-tenure reviews, training grant documen...

Controlling your email – without forgetting to respond

By knaegle on October 12, 2016 in Resources

I had emailed a good friend and colleague once a couple of years ago, about something relatively unimportant. I was shocked to get an email from him one week later, because in my life if an email went unanswered that long, it wasn’t going to be answered. I asked him how he managed to rememb...

Effective Writing

By knaegle on October 10, 2016 in Resources

The very best writing advice I ever received is a series of pieces of advice from the book “Becoming an academic writer” by Patricia Goodson. The book is really a series of exercises to become more efficient and proficient in writing. Here are examples of how this book has changed my ...