Career development: A plan for action

Julie Gould,  Nature 548, 489–490 (24 August 2017) doi:10.1038/nj7668-489a http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v548/n7668/full/nj7668-489a.html?foxtrotcallback=true When set up properly, individual development plans can be powerful tools for shaping a career.   Lia Rae Edmunds was annoyed when her department asked for an individual development plan (IDP) after she started her postdoc in developmental biology. “I thought it was an unnecessary [...]

When Mentorship Goes Off Track

A psychology professor at the U.S. Naval Academy on why professional guidance doesn’t always work out as planned B.R.J. O'DONNELL JUL 28, 2017, The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/07/mentorship-fails-psychology/535125/ Mentorship is often cast as a positive experience. But for every scientist whose mentor enabled a research breakthrough and every high-school student whose mentor was key to receiving a college acceptance letter, there are people whose [...]

Relatively few NIH grantees get lion’s share of agency’s funding

By Maggie Kuo Jul. 18, 2017 http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/07/relatively-few-nih-grantees-get-lion-s-share-agency-s-funding The rich have been getting richer in the biomedical research enterprise, and the system favors those who are already doing pretty well, according to a new analysis of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant recipients. The top 10% of NIH grant winners (by total award) received about 37% of NIH [...]