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What are Lab Meetings Good For?


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Podcast: Marginally Significant
Episode: What are Lab Meetings Good For?
Pub date: 2019-04-13

We all have active research labs that meet on a regular basis. Typically, we discuss our current projects, train students on running our studies, and perhaps have students present their findings. However, can lab meetings be used for more than just discussing our own research? Are there practical skills or useful information we could cover during lab meetings that would be helpful for our students? In this episode, we talk about what we currently do in our lab meetings. Perhaps more importantly, we discuss what we could be doing to most effectively use this time for the benefit of our graduate and undergraduate students.


Marginally Significant is hosted by:
Andrew Smith @andrewrsmith
Twila Wingrove @twilawingrove
Andrew Monroe @monroeandrew
Chris Holden @profcjholden

You can contact Marginally Significant on Twitter (@marginallysig), through email (marginallysig@gmail.com), or on the web (marginallysignificant.fireside.fm/contact).

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Valuing failure (Part 2)


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Podcast: Fast Track Impact
Episode: Valuing failure (Part 2)
Pub date: 2019-06-22

This week, Mark continues to reframe failure as something that deeply affirms our values and leads to greater meaning and contentment. In part 2, he thinks about how we step back, withdraw from the fight and change tack, drawing on a philosophy of pessimism. This views challenge as a psychological necessity that makes us feel more fully alive, rather than constantly looking forward to a time when there will be no suffering or being nostalgic for a lost time before our challenges began. Academic life is full​ of rejections, but this episode will help you transform your view of failure to become more resilient.

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Should we clean out the file drawer?


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Podcast: Marginally Significant
Episode: Should we clean out the file drawer?
Pub date: 2020-01-31

Do you have a file drawer? Cleaning out the file drawer is an idea that has been floating around on twitter, but is it feasible? What does it mean for past studies? Is there a way in which we could get a sense of how many studies are in file drawers? Also, we discuss writing letters of recommendation and how we evaluate the ones we read.


Marginally Significant is hosted by:
Andrew Smith @andrewrsmith
Twila Wingrove @twilawingrove
Andrew Monroe @monroeandrew
Chris Holden @profcjholden

You can contact Marginally Significant on Twitter (@marginallysig), through email (marginallysig@gmail.com), or on the web (marginallysignificant.fireside.fm/contact).

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Rebecca Goldin and Brian Nosek on Hard Truths in Math and Psychology


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Podcast: The Joy of x
Episode: Rebecca Goldin and Brian Nosek on Hard Truths in Math and Psychology
Pub date: 2020-03-24


The mathematician Rebecca Goldin and the psychology researcher Brian Nosek speak with host Steven Strogatz about what it’s like to be the bearers of unpopular truths.

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Design or Redesign a Course From Start to Finish


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Podcast: Helium
Episode: Design or Redesign a Course From Start to Finish
Pub date: 2019-07-02

As an early career faculty member you are often called upon to design or redesign a course. This can be something faculty dread as a distraction from research. But by following a framework for course design you can enjoy and excel in this process. In this episode Liesl Wuest walks us through a framework that will allow you to intentionally create your next course in a structured way with learning goals, objectives, content, activities and assessment in mind. 

www.teamhelium.co/episode29

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86: Should I stay or should I go?


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Podcast: Everything Hertz
Episode: 86: Should I stay or should I go?
Pub date: 2019-06-17

Dan and James answer a listener question on whether they should stick it out for a few months in a toxic lab to get one more paper or if they should leave.

Other stuff they cover:

  • We don’t like cricket, oh no, we love it
  • James is bad at tribalism
  • We answer a listener question about a bad lab environment
  • The “Dutch Bounce”
  • The Golden Lab Child
  • Demonstrating independence by writing a sole author paper
  • What should you do if there’s a late authorship switch on your paper?
  • Having an upfront conversation about authorship
  • James on NPR

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Music credits: [Lee Rosevere](freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/)


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Episode citation and permanent link
Quintana, D.S., Heathers, J.A.J. (Hosts). (2019, June 17) “Should I stay or should I go?”, Everything Hertz [Audio podcast], doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/RX7FB

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Random Surfaces Hide an Intricate Order


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Podcast: Quanta Science Podcast
Episode: Random Surfaces Hide an Intricate Order
Pub date: 2020-06-18


Mathematicians have proved that a random process applied to a random surface will yield consistent patterns.

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135. The Science Training Toolbox with Dr. Andres De Los Reyes. Plus, Antiracism for Academia


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Podcast: Hello PhD
Episode: 135. The Science Training Toolbox with Dr. Andres De Los Reyes. Plus, Antiracism for Academia
Pub date: 2020-06-12

Have you ever lamented the fact that there isn’t some kind of instruction book to help you navigate your scientific training?

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone explained how to choose a mentor, or what it means to give a ‘job talk?’ And is there any advice for how to deal with that negative peer-reviewer, or how to escape a sub-par PI?

Well, you’re in luck, because The Early Career Researcher’s Toolbox: Insights into Mentors, Peer Review, and Landing a Faculty Job by Andres De Los Reyes, PhD, is exactly the guide you’ve been looking for.

And this week, we get this clinical psychologist’s insight into why academic training is so stressful, and how you can overcome the major hurdles along the way.

Emerging Academics

Andres De Los Reyes, PhD

Dr. De Los Reyes shares his definition of an Emerging Academic, a word he uses to describe that intense training period between undergrad and a faculty position. It’s a little bit like ’emerging adulthood’, he says, when we leave home to become real ‘grownups’, with all the uncertainty and responsibility that entails.

One reason academia makes that transition difficult is because our training programs are more focused on ‘book smarts’ than ‘street smarts,’ he says. We spend years learning the depth and nuance of our scientific field, but hardly anyone teaches us the actual skills that faculty use to succeed.

For example, you may get lucky enough to co-author a paper or two with your PI, but has anyone taught you how to successfully apply for grants?

Do you know how much budget to ask for when setting up a lab?

And what do you do if one of your competitors reviews your paper, and actively works against you with the editor?

The Early Career Researcher’s Toolbox answers those questions and more. It’s packed with step-by-step instructions, sample emails and cover letters, and personal stories from other Emerging Academics to help you realize you’re not alone on this journey.

It’s essential reading whether you’re an undergrad, a new faculty member, or anywhere in between.

Black Lives Matter

We also take some time in this episode to continue a conversation on many hearts and minds recently.

As the United States opens its eyes to the institutional racism that resulted in the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and many before them, we must also reflect on and mobilize against the racism endemic in academia and research institutions.

That starts by listening to the voices of black and minority students who have faced implicit and explicit bias at every stage of life, including the Ivory Tower.

Then, we must do some work to understand your own implicit biases,

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