Science and S’mores: SciCommCamp 2017

Originally published by NeuWrite San Diego November 23, 2017 SciCommCamp can be best described as a not-so-average conference for a diverse group of fabulously nerdy science communicators with a common goal: to make science publicly accessible. I left SciCommCamp with pep in my step and a bit more confidence in my planned post-graduate school transition … Continue reading Science and S’mores: SciCommCamp 2017

Science for All: Shifting Academic Communication at ComSciCon

Originally published by The Qualcomm Institute September 26, 2017 “Whose advisor is unhappy that they’re here today?” asked Leanne Chukoskie, an assistant research scientist at the Institute for Neural Computation at UC San Diego and an affiliate of the Qualcomm Institute. Looking around at a sea of raised hands, she continued, “Know that the act … Continue reading Science for All: Shifting Academic Communication at ComSciCon

Scientist Seeking Funding: Tips for Grant Writing

Originally published by The Q September 7, 2017 If you’re currently in science research then you’re well aware of the funding deficit, and it’s likely that at one point you or a fellow scientist friend has had research (or maybe even a job) on the line while eagerly awaiting a grant score. So, outside of completely reworking … Continue reading Scientist Seeking Funding: Tips for Grant Writing

Choose a program, have a life

September 8, 2017 As I formally accepted the offer to join my Ph.D. program, the massive weight on my chest began to dissolve, my shoulders relaxed, and my headache subsided. Choosing a program had been quite the roller coaster ride, filled with uncertainty and sleepless nights. “Phew, well that's finally over,” I said to myself. … Continue reading Choose a program, have a life

Zika: Has this virus lost its bite?

Originally published by NeuWrite San Diego August 17, 2017 Do you live in a generally cool, dry place and rarely think about mosquitoes? Was last year’s Zika outbreak of little personal concern? You may not have the option of staying carefree for much longer. The Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito is already enjoying widespread breeding grounds as temperatures steadily rise across … Continue reading Zika: Has this virus lost its bite?

This is why we need time machines: A PhD reflection

Originally published by The Q July 26, 2017 As I enter into what is likely the final year of my PhD in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of California San Diego, I regularly find myself contemplating the last four years. Although my experience has been a generally positive one, it has also been filled … Continue reading This is why we need time machines: A PhD reflection

Alternative science careers: Beyond academia and industry

Originally published by The Q  May 16, 2017 When I was applying to graduate school I was under the impression that after obtaining my PhD there were two options: start a postdoctoral position in the hopes of one day securing a faculty spot at a research institution, or take an “alternative” career path and move into industry. It … Continue reading Alternative science careers: Beyond academia and industry

Navigating the Shifting Academic Research Landscape: Advice for the Junior Scientist

Originally published by Future of Research May 3, 2017 Procuring a tenure-track faculty position in academic scientific research is becoming an elusive dream for an ever-increasing number of junior candidates.  With the current percentage of successful faculty applicants hovering just above 15%, the majority of those with a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences are considering alternative career … Continue reading Navigating the Shifting Academic Research Landscape: Advice for the Junior Scientist

Looking Beyond the March: How Do We Continue to Advocate for Science?

Originally published by The BMS Times April 20, 2017 So, you’re heading to the March for Science this Saturday. Scientists and their supporters will unify to bring awareness to the importance that science holds in our community, but then what? What happens once the excitement surrounding the March for Science dies down? How can we bring awareness to … Continue reading Looking Beyond the March: How Do We Continue to Advocate for Science?