Proposed U.S. budget cuts spell disaster for discovery research

Last week United States President Donald Trump outlined a budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year that would cut more than $54 billion from U.S. non-defense discretionary programs, including nearly $6 billion (19 percent) from the National Institutes of Health. It’s hard to sum up just how destructive a measure this would be for discovery research […] The post Proposed U.S. budget cuts spell disaster for discovery research appeared first on University Affairs.

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What to do before pursuing science translation through entrepreneurship

The following is a transcript from a talk I gave at the medical device development course, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) on May 12, 2016. Due to length, I have broken the talk up into seven parts: Part 1: Why do this? Part 2: What you need to do before you start Part 3: Identifying milestones […] The post What to do before pursuing science translation through entrepreneurship appeared first on University Affairs.

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Why you should translate your discoveries from bench to bedside

The following is an edited transcript from a talk I gave at the medical device development course, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) on May 12, 2016. Due to length, I have broken the talk up into seven parts: Part 1: Why do this? Part 2: What you need to do before you start Part 3: Identifying milestones Part 4: Execution strategy Part 5: Leaving academia Part 6: Questions and answers 1 Part 7: Questions and answers…

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Universities are sometimes home to the worst kind of champions…

In 2015, even before I took up my official job as a group leader here in Cambridge, I was in my future director’s office and he asked if I would be able to act as the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute’s public engagement champion. He thought it would be a good fit with the sort of extra activities that I’d been involved in previously and had recently obtained resources from our centre funders to hire a public…

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Quarterly summary – haven’t had a guest post in a while…

This year we’re looking to catch all of those early career researchers who made a New Year’s resolution to start something new (the new thing in this case being to build up a writing portfolio or to try and drive an opinion change on an issue that affects early career researchers).  In fact, the Black Hole had its first year ever without a guest post – perhaps this was due to Jonathan and I getting increasingly busy (new jobs and…

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How to find a job that leverages what you love

The following is a transcript from I talk I gave at the Mentor Celebration Event, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) on May 23, 2016. Due to length, I have broken the talk up into three parts: Part 1: Academe and industry are not your only career choices as a life sciences scholar Part 2: Science careers outside of academe Part 3: Your Next Steps Most of you won’t have come in contact with or…

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Attracting academic talent in the age of Brexit and Trump

When I moved away from Canada in 2009 – there was a “war on science” in the country.  I won’t rehash the details – they’ve been far better described by people like Chris Turner – but the mood amongst academic and government scientists was not a positive one. This was also the time that my co-blogger Jonathan left the country for Harvard and we have scores of colleagues spanning all levels of science who did the same. While there…

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Science careers outside of the academe

The following is an excerpt from a talk I gave at the Mentor Celebration Event at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA on May 23, 2016. Due to length, I have broken it up into three parts. What follows is the second part. In the first part, I addressed career options in academe when working in the life sciences: Part 1: Training, Life sciences careers, and academics In this post, I will break down…

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