Open letter to the incoming cohort of graduate students


In the latest piece of our "Open Letters" series, Kelly Hallstrom offers some advice to those just beginning Ph.D. training this fall. She writes, in part: "As much as you may think you’re doing everything right, it’s easy to develop tunnel vision and to forget to approach your work from different perspectives. This may cause you to miss an alternative explanation or key experiment. Without those people in the crowd to point out your errors, your work (and the science behind it) can’t improve."

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A response to the NIH Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group Report


Excerpt: "Some of the recommendations in the Tilghman report already have been implemented by the NIH. As we stand poised for implementation of additional steps that could affect graduate and postgraduate training and research for decades, the Association of Medical and Graduate Departments of Biochemistry convened a working group to consider the repercussions of the Tilghman report from the perspective of department chairs who work at the interface between faculty and institutional administration. While we concur with some of the recommendations in the Tilghman report, we have serious reservations about others."

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Passive obstructionism


This month contributor Andrew Hollenbach writes about one of his pet peeves: when people passively stand in the way of change.

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Outreach


Read about how undergrads will use ASBMB outreach seed grants and find out what it's like to volunteer at the Smithsonian.

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