February 2011

The Yamamoto Plan

Job candidates and prospective postdoctoral fellows take note: This plan can be used to hone your CV and research description before you apply for a job. An advisory committee also can prepare you for interviews; don’t be shy in asking for help.

I recently reviewed what struck me as an unusual grant application from a successful and fairly well-known scientist. What was unusual was the fact that this applicant listed ten other well-known scientists as unpaid “key collaborators.” The applicant could have carried out all the science described in his own lab, but including a list of collaborators left this reviewer with the impression that this long list of scientists really cared about the outcome of the proposal under review and would do all they could to support the project and guarantee its success. I recently have come to appreciate the importance and value of scientific collaboration and will write about that in greater detail in a future column. But I add it here as a reminder to younger scientists: Collaborations permit us to accomplish more with limited resources. Collaborations bring additional expertise and methodologies to our work. Our industrial colleagues understand the value of team science. Never be shy in asking for help to move your science forward, be it help with a set of experiments or help crafting a proposal.

And wholehearted thanks to Keith Yamamoto for helping all of us stay focused on impact.

ASBMB President Suzanne Pfeffer (pfeffer@stanford.edu) is a biochemistry professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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I found this article inspiring. Nien-tai Hu, Prof Institute of Biochemistry National Chung Hsing University Taichung 40227, TAIWAN, R.O.C.

 

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