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A Primer on Optogenetics: Introduction and Opsin Delivery

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sep 10, 2015 10:30:00 AM

This post is part of our Primer on Optogenetics and was contributed by guest blogger Derek Simon.

Optogenetics is spreading through the neuroscience community like wildfire and for good reason. For the first time in the history of neuroscience research we have a technology that allows us to show causality in neural circuits with incredible temporal and spatial precision (I’m not going to discuss the basic biology of optogenetics so if you are not familiar with it, these reviews are an excellent introduction [1-3] and openoptogenetics provides a variety of useful resources).

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Topics: Optogenetics, Primer on Optogenetics

How to Negotiate a Successful Lab Start Up Budget

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sep 1, 2015 10:30:00 AM

This post was contributed by Damien Wilpitz founder and lead consutant at Experiment Designs Consulting, Inc.

“How much do you need [for your lab start up]?” A hiring chair or dean will often ask a faculty candidate. Sweaty palms. Heart racing. Cotton mouth.The candidate may find it difficult to answer and these are all symptoms of a negotiation, especially when money is involved. However, it doesn’t have to be this way, if you know what you need.

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Don’t Wait To Launch Your Health Science Startup

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 25, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Being an entrepreneur is difficult; it requires an immense amount of self-knowledge and an unwavering devotion to seeing your ideas become something tangible.  When you think of entrepreneurship in the 21st century, who do you think of?  Your mind is likely drawn to the Mark Zuckerbergs and Evan Spiegels of the world – individuals in their 20’s who’ve built multibillion dollar tech companies using only laptops and some server space.

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Topics: Career, Networking, Career Readiness

A Career in Grants: How To Become a Grant Professional

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 20, 2015 10:30:00 AM

This post was contributed by Jo Miller, founder and principal of J. Miller & Associates, Inc., a national grant consulting firm, and Smartegrants, a grant professional development firm

The path to a career as a Grant Professional has been a long and winding path for many in the field. The vast majority of grant professionals didn’t plan on becoming grant writers. When we asked others about how they became grant professionals, mid- to late-career grant professionals have similar stories about a time when their passion for an organization or a program and a funding opportunity coincided, and they stepped up to apply for a grant which lead to their new career path.  A part of the career path story for most established grant professionals is learning to succeed in grants through trial and error, through winning and losing funding, and by finding our individual niches within the field of grants.

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Topics: Career

Gaining Leadership Skills Volunteering at a Professional Organization

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 6, 2015 10:30:00 AM

The follow post was contributed by guest blogger Juliet Moncaster

Leadership skills are amongst the professional abilities we often hear that scientists should acquire during their PhD and postdoctoral training. Addgene executive director Joanne Kamens has written a 5-part blog on the topic:  http://blog.addgene.org/management-for-scientists-managing-vs-leading.

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Topics: Career, Career Readiness

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