Playing summer catch-up

6/28/2018 5:14:18 PM

Life as a scientist is crazy busy, from the daily grind of laboratory life to balancing teaching and other responsibilities. So, it can be hard to find time to focus on your own career development, and, in fact, you may feel guilty taking time to do so. But you have to look out for your career interests, because, if you don’t, then who will?  

Summer can be a good time for catching up. If you need to pass the time while road tripping this summer or just have a few minutes of time to spare between experiments, consider adding a research lecture or career talk to your playlist. Or, you may even consider taking some time off just to work on career stuff. (Yes, those accrued sick days legitimately can be used as “mental health” days, IMHO.)  

And here at the ASBMB, we make it easy for you to catch up on the latest in research, policy and career trends across the biochemical and molecular biological sciences. Here are a few resources to add to your summer reading and listening lists.  

  • If you couldn’t make it to the ASBMB annual meeting and want to be inspired by the award lecturers, check out this playlist on SoundCloud. (Video interviews with them will be posted soon to the YouTube channel.) You also can read more about their work in this issue of AToday.  
  • The ASBMB public affairs team works hard to bring you updated science-policy news in a format that’s easy-to-digest and created for scientists on the go. This includes a weekly roundup of news on the ASBMB Policy Blotter blog, in addition to the Pipettes and Politics podcast. Recent topics covered include the National Institutes of Health’s draft recommendations on how to best support the next generation of researchers and how the NIH, National Science Foundation and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are addressing the issue of sexual harassment in the sciences.  
  • Recently, the ASBMB hosted a professional-development webinar on the topic of faculty-search committees and what they are looking for during the hiring process. Archived live tweets from the webinar can be found by searching for #ASBMBCareers and scrolling down to the date of May 31. A recording of the webinar also is available to view at your convenience.  
  • This Careers Blog features weekly job roundups and career insights for early-career scientists. Here is a recap of posts from the last three months and a list of other blog recaps from the past year. As always, any job postings may now be outdated, but the goal of the blog is to provide you with resources on where and how to find science jobs and encourage you to take a proactive approach to this process. And be sure to reach out to us if you have any career questions or suggestions for future posts.   

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018

Past blog recaps


Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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