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Art of Grantsmanship

Writing a successful grant application is an art. Although the science is primarily being evaluated, presentation and respect for the requirements of the funding agency are key aspects that can make or break an application. In this article, Jack Kraicer, former Director of Research Grants at HFSP provides…

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team (NY Times)

New York Times By CHARLES DUHIGG FEB. 25, 2016 Fascinating story of how Google approached the question of why some teams work better than others - by analyzing lots of data, they found evidence for whan many of us know intuitively, "What Project Aristotle has taught people within Google is that no…

Taking ownership of your own mentoring

Excellent article that explores the many different ways we all need mentoring - from sponsorship to emotional support. This article, derived form Earth Science Women's Network, explains the many kinds of mentor you need, their roles, and provides a worksheet so you can make sure you've got them all. View…

When It Comes to Mentoring, the More the Merrier

  Good article that explains why you need a mentor network and how to build one. "Stop looking for a guru. Sure, it’d be nice to have your own personal (Dr.) Yoda instructing you in the ways of the academic force. But the idea that one person can meet all your mentoring needs and guide…

Ten Simple Rules for Getting Published

When you are long gone, your scientific legacy is, in large part, the literature you left behind and the impact it represents. I hope these ten simple rules can help you leave behind something future generations of scientists will admire. View resource

How to write consistently boring scientific literature

Although scientists typically insist that their research is very exciting and adventurous when they talk to laymen and prospective students, the allure of this enthusiasm is too often lost in the predictable, stilted structure and language of their scientific publications. I present here, a top-10…

How to write 10,000 words a day

At every Thesis Bootcamp we have run, at least one student will achieve this goal, and many write many more words than they thought they would. In a previous post Peta Freestone and Liam Connell wrote about the ideas behind Thesis Bootcamp. In this post I want to reflect on Rachel Aaron’s threefold…

How to get published in high-impact journals: Big research and better writing

Getting your work published is about more than good science, it’s about good communication too, say Macmillan and Nature editors at the London Nature jobs Career Expo in September 2014. How to get published in high-impact journals: Big research and better writing

You are ready for your close-up

Step aside Neil deGrasse Tyson: Making videos related to science is no longer the purview of professionals. These days, any scientist can make and post videos online with little cost and much potentially to gain. View resource