August 2013
 

Going M.D./Ph.D. vs. going 100% Ph.D.


Contributor Cody Weston, an M.D./Ph.D. student at the Penn State College of Medicine, offers advice to those having a hard time choosing between a Ph.D. program and an M.D./Ph.D. program. Two sidebars, on the same topic, by faculty members are included.

 

A blog, a CV and a domain name


In the mainbar, Samuel Furse, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utrecht, writes about creating and maintaining a personal website with a blog component. In an accompanying editor's note, Angela Hopp reports on what other scientists say about the value of scientists forging online personas.

 

How to find the right lab rotation


Contributor K.D. Shives offers advice on how to pick a lab rotation that will complement and grow your skills. She also provides tips on how to ask a PI if she or he has enough funding to take you on.

 

Choosing the right journal for your work


Contributor Lesley Wassef, a research associate at Rutgers University, talked to senior scientists about how young investigators should approach the journal-selection process.

 

The brains behind Coursera’s neuroscience offering


Coursera, one of the outfits offering massive online open courses, or MOOCs, has had almost four dozen life sciences classes since its launch in April 2012. Henry Lester, professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology, earlier this year wrapped up a Coursera class of his own design. Editor Angela Hopp, who took the "Drugs and the Brain" class, talked to Lester about how he conceived of the idea and execute the course.

 

AARP’s annual ranking of workplaces for employees over 50


Multiple medical- and research-related institutions landed on AARP’s list of best workplaces for employees age 50 and older this year. Here’s a snapshot of the top five.

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