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BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (4)

Posted by on November 20th, 2015

In 2014, the British Society of Developmental Biology (BSDB) has initiated the Gurdon Summer Studentship program with the intention to provide highly motivated students with exceptional qualities and a strong interest in Developmental Biology an opportunity to engage in practical research. Each year, 10 successful applicants spend 8 weeks in the research laboratories of their[…]

Question of the month- “Away from the bench skills”

Posted by on October 30th, 2015

Recently, Tomer Stern and Itamar Harel posted on the Node about Graduate Peer Group, a discussion group where graduate students could interact with each other and address the challenges that arise specifically during graduate school. Many of these challenges go beyond research at the bench: how to communicate your research, how to manage relationships in[…]

Graduate Peer Group: How to Lead When You Are Not in Charge

Posted by on October 29th, 2015

Itamar Harel¹* and Tomer Stern²* ¹ Department of Biological Regulation, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, 76100, Israel Present address: Department of Genetics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA ² Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, 76100, Israel * Correspondence: (IH), (TS) – Starting early: How can we make more out of graduate school? In[…]

Upcoming Free Webinars sponsored by Abcam

Posted by on October 1st, 2015

Save the Dates!   Abcam is pleased to announce that our November calendar of free live webinars, presented by expert guest speakers, is now LIVE! Register for a webinar (or three!) today and come prepared with your questions for the live Q&A session at the end of every webinar. Can’t attend the live webinar? Not a[…]

Question of the month- PhD internships

Posted by on September 28th, 2015

There is an increased awareness that only a small fraction of PhD students will ultimately secure a tenure-track position in academia. This has led to a discussion on whether graduate schools have a responsibility to help PhD students prepare for a career outside academia, either by providing training on a broader range of transferable skills, or simply by[…]

On progressing your career and communicating your science- Advice from the SDB meeting

Posted by on August 17th, 2015

Last month I attended the SDB annual meeting in Utah, an excellent conference that featured great scientific talks and additional educative sessions covering outreach, inclusiveness and more. I tweeted extensively from the Node’s twitter account, but as many of the readers of the Node are not on twitter, I realised that you may have missed out[…]

The importance of indifference in scientific research

Posted by on August 3rd, 2015

This essay by Martin Schwartz was originally published in the Journal of Cell Science.   Current issues regarding scientific ethics have focused for the most part on regulations governing research and publication. I suggest that the internal process by which we separate self interest from the scientific process is a crucial and neglected part of training.[…]

European Advanced School for Mouse Phenogenomics – pushing the boundaries of mouse genetics

Posted by on July 24th, 2015

The laboratory mouse has been a popular model in mammalian biology for obvious reasons and it has contributed to a number of landmark discoveries in biomedical research. Despite this, few courses and summer schools – which train future leaders in this field – focus on mouse genetics. Phenomin, a large-scale French national infrastructure for biology[…]

A Day in the Life of an MBL Embryology Student – #embryo2015

Posted by on July 10th, 2015

For the second instalment of our blog from the 2015 Woods Hole Embryology course, we decided to do something a little bit different this time around, and write a “Day in the Life” style blog, to complement the excellent Day in the Life of a Model Organism series which The Node has recently been running.[…]

Woods Hole Embryology 2015 (#embryo2015)

Posted by on June 29th, 2015

Elena Boer, Shun Sogabe and Joe Hanly are currently attending the MBL Embryology course in Woods Hole MA. 2015 marks the 122nd year of the Woods Hole Embryology course. This program has a long and prestigious history, as exemplified by the long list of alumni who grace the the wall of class photos in the[…]