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Ted Agres | Nov 16, 2003
FUNDING FORUM | GMO Shade Genetically modified organisms are growing on trees. No, they are trees. More than 200 notices of field trials for genetically-engineered (GE) trees have been filed in the United States during the past decade, with about half coming since 2000. In addition to making trees disease- and insect-resistant, researchers hope to genetically engineer bioremediation traits so trees can help remove environmental toxins. Other goals include accelerating tree growth and reducin
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Michael Kalichman | Oct 19, 2003
TIP TROVE | Ethics and the Scientist Courtesy of Michael Kalichman Because research is a social enterprise and is intended to provide a public benefit, the conduct of research is riddled with competing interests. Resolution of such interests requires that a researcher be aware of the ethical dimensions of research; seek out the necessary information and resources to address such concerns as they arise; apply his or her critical thinking skills to find courses of action that are ethically de
Pointers for Would-Be Bioentrepreneurs; British Biologists Finally Bond; PhD Salaries by Age
Mark Tang | Oct 5, 2003
TIP TROVE | Pointers for Would-Be Bioentrepreneurs Courtesy of Mark Tang 1. Work with experts. Look for help and good advice early on from lawyers (intellectual property and corporate), business advisers, and venture capitalists (VCs). 2. Get FREE money and take as much money as you can get. But keep the number of investors who expect a cut to the minimum. Seek out grants and big pharmaceutical partners. You may need more money than you think. 3. Aim for proprietary technology, platform t
Staying Happy in Your Job; Instrumental Learning; Shortage of Biodefense Scientists Called Critical
Arlene Hirsch | Sep 21, 2003
TIP TROVE | Staying Happy in Your Job Courtesy of Arlene Hirsch To stay motivated in your current job, you need to focus on professional development and appreciate the accomplishments and progress you are making in developing an expanded and/or deeper knowledge base, working on different kinds of projects and grants, and becoming a better scientist. If you feel that you are learning and growing, this should help sustain you while you search out new opportunities. To stay motivated in the j
When Postdocs Change Their Minds; Keys to Computing; Researchers Find Key to Long Life
Gordon Keller | Sep 7, 2003
TIP TROVE | When Postdocs Change Their Minds Courtesy of Gordon Keller If you're not excited about what you're doing, you're just not going to do it well. Mentors should encourage independent thinking. If postdocs want to change the direction of their projects, or explore new avenues, I certainly encourage it. However, if you find that you've chosen an area of research that doesn't interest you, I would advise you to think carefully about your choices ... and if you are absolutely certain y
Plan Your Research to Build a Career; Leading to Profits; The Life Science of Fiction
Julius Axelrod | Aug 24, 2003
TIP TROVE | Plan Your Research to Build a Career Courtesy of Julius Axelrod It can be advantageous to join a laboratory that is somewhat crowded so you can spontaneously interact with your colleagues, but try to avoid working on trivial or incremental problems that come from working in large teams. Also, avoid fashionable fields of research that are highly competitive; many problems are important but neglected. Do not spend long periods of time on researching problems that are not going any
How Women do Male Bonding; The Genome Highway; Feds Fund Stem Cell Substitutes
Brigid Hogan | Jul 27, 2003
TIP TROVE | How Women do Male Bonding Courtesy of Brigid Hogan Do what you love and enjoy, and forget about being one of the boys. Build your own network of colleagues and people you respect and admire, create a network of younger people that you are helping, and wait for the men to come to you. Be so good at what you do, that the men want to come to you. It's no good trying to be one of the boys, because the whole system is flawed. A small group of powerful people know how to manipulate t
Traveling on a Light Budget; Learn to Map the Genome; Clique of the Titans
Hal Cohen | Jul 13, 2003
TIP TROVE | Traveling on a Light Budget Courtesy of NIH Traveling on a budget isn't much different for researchers than when they were students. For trips of a relatively short duration, going by train instead of plane offers benefits such as less time required to check in, and more room for paperwork while en route. Sharing a hotel room with a peer can result in significant savings. Although many now use the Web for travel arrangements, consider soliciting recommendations from a travel age
Finding the Ethical Biotech; It's All in the Technique; Flags of Many Colors
Chris MacDonald | Jun 29, 2003
TIP TROVE | Finding the Ethical Biotech Courtesy of Chris MacDonald Ethics should guide the pharmaceutical industry, but it's not always easy to determine a company's ethical track record prior to signing on. It's a good idea to talk to people in the industry, as insiders tend to know the reputations of companies. We shouldn't pretend that a pharmaceutical company's values exist only for the public good. Still, employees can promote high ethical standards by openly talking about how the co
Trundling for Money in Tucson; Unleast Researchers' Creativity; Students Dig California
Martin Conyon | Jun 15, 2003
TRAINING @ | Trundling for Money in Tucson WHAT: FASEB Grantsmanship Training Program WHERE: Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa, Tucson, Ariz. WHY: To teach investigators grant-writing skills that will maximize their ability to generate their ideas ADVANTAGES: Strategies for what should and shouldn't be done in grant writing WHEN: July 31-Aug. 2, 2003 DEADLINE: July 1 COST: $500 URL: ns2.faseb.org/careerutilities/grant03.pdf   TIP TROVE | Unleash Researche