The Science of Comedy

The American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held their annual meeting, and one of the most popular sessions might have been Brian Malow’s talk on “The Science of Comedy: Communicating with Humor.” It was held twice (one of the few repeated sessions) and there was standing-room-o...


Letter to Andre

Just a few weeks ago, my little brother defended his Ph.D. thesis (OK, so he is not so little and technically he is not my brother).  I wanted to write him a note with some words of wisdom, but decided to actually share that letter with all of you, who perhaps might find value in the learnings ...


A Bit About Me

Hello, everyone! I am very glad to have this opportunity to join Bio Careers and interact with so many great people here. I never have written a blog before, so I think the easiest way for me to get started is to give a brief self-introduction. My name is Xiaobang. In Chinese, Xiaobang means, “Kno...


Interviewing Skills for a Scientist

The key to a successful job interview is to apply the same analytic skills process as you do for your research.  A potential employer is interested in your broader expertise – excellent writing and communication skills, leadership skills (ability to create a vision and set goals), and project...


9 New Webinars: Transitioning to Industry Jobs and Beyond

We would like to let you know about the free webinars coming soon on Bio Careers.  All you need is your computer and internet access to attend. On the day of the webinar, we'll open the room twenty minutes prior to the start so you'll have plenty of time to get your spot and check that you...


Taking the leap of faith – saying goodbye to the bench

Humans are creatures of habit, and since scientists are mostly humans too (pending on their exposure level to ethidium bromide) they get comfortable at their little benches.  And even if they really want to do something else they tend to stick with what’s familiar and rather keep their pipett...


The Ethics of Repetition: Replicates vs. Repeats

How many of us have read a paper or listened to a presentation and wondered exactly how many times an experiment had been repeated?  In an ideal world the writer or presenter will have clearly noted this detail as n= (insert number between 2- x) and it helps you have confidence in their work. &...


My reasons to move elsewhere in academia

In my last entry, I discussed how I got started in what I call the epic job search of 2011. The epic job search spanned the late fall of 2010 to May of 2011, but it wasn’t until January of 2011 that I got full force on the job applications/interviewing cycle. It wasn’t an easy decision, but once...


Feed my mind!

As a goodbye present after my PhD defense, a friend of mine gave me a very interesting book: Science, a history. It’s a fascinating account of the birth of the scientific method, with a portrayal of the charismatic protagonists who made scientific discoveries that advanced human knowledge.


Following Directions

I was recently involved in the review process of the Summer Academy applications for my institution.  We accept around 50 scholars each summer for 10-12 week programs which consist of both high school and undergraduate students.  This is the first time I have been involved with this proces...