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Fostering communication in remote collaborations

Posted by Aliyah Weinstein on Apr 21, 2020 9:14:28 AM

Science is a global endeavor, and that can often mean that scientists who live across the country or around the world from each other are collaborating on projects. When I was a graduate student, I led a collaborative project between my lab in Pennsylvania and a team in Paris, France. While efforts like these accelerate the progress of research, they can also present hurdles for the team of researchers involved. Communication is a major challenge when researchers are communicating across disciplines or doing different tasks. But these challenges can be exaggerated when communicating across time zones, digitally, and asynchronously. The best way to keep everyone on the same page is to make communication a non-negotiable part of your collaboration. Luckily, there are techniques and tools that helped make my experience run smoothly and can help other teams successfully overcome these challenges, too.

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Topics: Science Careers, Professional Development

25 Work From Home Tips for Scientists

Posted by Jennifer Tsang on Mar 19, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Are you a grad student, postdoc, or bench scientist who began working remotely recently? Most of us at Addgene began working from home last week to flatten the curve, but working remotely can be more difficult if your work is based in the lab.

If you’re unsure what to do during this period, check out these tips and resources collated by Addgenies to help you keep calm and science on.

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Topics: Science Careers, Professional Development

Binning Singletons: Tackling Conference Networking When You Don’t Know Anyone

Posted by Guest Blogger on Feb 18, 2020 9:15:00 AM

This post was contributed by Joe James from Binning Singletons.

The sheer scale of a large conference can be intimidating. And it can be exacerbated when everyone seems to know one another, but they don’t know you. First time attendees and those attending alone often feel this even more, because they don’t have the networks or experience to get the most of meeting

I experienced this at the ASM General Meeting (now Microbe) in 2013 in Denver, CO. While I had been to the General Meeting seven other times I had subsequently changed fields and my cohort of friends and colleagues had moved on as well, so I knew very few people. I didn’t really fit in anywhere and everyone who was doing the kind of work my lab wanted to do already seemed to know each other and what to do. 

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Topics: Science Careers, Networking, Conferences, Early Career Researcher

Early Career Researcher Toolbox: Finding Relevant Papers

Posted by Beth Kenkel on Jan 9, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Finding research papers is not particularly hard. There are millions of them. The real challenge is finding relevant papers. The latest installment of the Early Career Researcher Toolbox will highlight four tools for finding journal articles related to your actual interests while also staying on top of the ever expanding body of biomedical literature!

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Topics: Science Careers, Early Career Researcher, Scientific Publishing

Transferable Skills Guide: Cross-team Communication

Posted by Eric J. Perkins on Nov 21, 2019 8:53:16 AM

In 2016, I was put in charge of the biggest project I’d seen in my already long tenure at Addgene. I would work with our research team and software engineers to update our Lab Inventory Management System (LIMS) to accommodate our new viral services. After a month or so of meetings, I began to notice something: even though our scientists and engineers were attending the same meetings and hearing the same words, they were leaving these meetings with different interpretations of what we discussed and decided. I needed to a) figure out the sources of miscommunication and b) find practical solutions. 

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Topics: Science Careers, Professional Development

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