Struggling with your academic writing? Try these experiments to get the words flowing

Writing a manuscript is hard, and beginning the process can feel like the most difficult part. Here, Jay Van Bavel and June Gruber have put together some tips for developing good writing habits.   Science, Letters To Young Scientists Struggling with your academic writing? Try these experiments to get the words flowing...

Make science PhDs more than just a training path for academia

Sarah Anderson Taken from https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02586-5 My committee member looked up from the document in his hand, which detailed my ideas for my research proposal. He cleared his throat: “You know, when you apply for faculty positions…” he began. I gave a quick, impulsive nod in response, but thought to myself, “That’s never going to happen.” [...]

Step 1 Medical Boards now Pass/Fail. Good or bad?

By now everyone has heard the bombshell that was dropped by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) on February 12 about transitioning the Step 1 exam from a 3-digit numerical score to a pass/fail outcome starting in 2022. For those of you who do not know, this is the exam that is typically taken [...]

Secrets to writing a winning grant

Emily Sohn Taken from https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03914-5 When Kylie Ball begins a grant-writing workshop, she often alludes to the funding successes and failures that she has experienced in her career. “I say, ‘I’ve attracted more than $25 million in grant funding and have had more than 60 competitive grants funded. But I’ve also had probably twice as [...]

Physical Activity and Healthcare, How Can We Make Physical Fitness Part of Medicine?

One month into 2020, how is your New Year's resolution holding up? If you are like most people, your New Year's resolution involved something along the lines of exercising more, cutting out bad habits, or simply making better lifestyle choices. But unfortunately, a study of over 30 million people showed that nearly 80 percent of [...]