BCMB faculty member Andrew Holland is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology. Here’s why he thinks you should be a member, too!
Professional societies like ASCB are a valuable resource for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.
“The science of life, the life of science.” That’s the motto of The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), a professional organization founded in 1960 and headquartered in Bethesda, MD. There are many options for those who want to join a professional society, and ASCB membership is a great investment if your research is related to cell biology. Besides famously hosting one of the largest annual meetings in the United States, ASCB has many programs in place for science advocacy, education, and professional development. Many BCMB faculty are members of ASCB, including MBG professor Andrew Holland. “I believe in the work they’re doing,” says Holland, speaking admirably of ASCB’s policy and professional development efforts. “For ASCB it is all about their members and they will do anything they can to build a strong and successful community of cell biologists. In these times of diminishing funding it is more important than ever to have a strong voice advocating for basic research. ASCB is that voice and they work tirelessly on our behalf. I believe we all need to show our support.”
Could you be a freelance science writer? Read on to find out.
Many BCMB students have taken the elective course, taught by Jeremy Nathans, called Great Experiments in Biology. Year after year, students enjoy the class and recommend it to their peers. Why do we like it so well? Other than an appreciation and understanding for the great scientists who came before us, I think that we enjoy the class because Dr. Nathans focuses on the personal stories of the scientists: how they got interested in science, why they studied what they studied, how they reacted and felt and progressed along their path to these fantastic discoveries. In my experience, I always remember the science better when I understand the motivation behind the discovery; I loved discussing science with visiting lecturers and BCMB faculty not just for the academic part of the conversation, but also finding out the background and circuitous path they followed to get where they are today.
If you are finding yourself nodding and agreeing and connecting with what I just described, you might be interested in a career in science writing and communication. Here, I’ve “interviewed” myself; I hope this can stimulate some questions and discussion about our roles as scientists in the world of media and communication.
Wow – we all know our BCMB graduates are outstanding scientists, but check this out:
In the current issue of Science, two BCMB grads are first authors of RESEARCH ARTICLES! Clara Bien Peek worked with Peter Espenshade and is currently a postdoc with Joseph Bass at Northwestern. Jason McLellan worked with Dan Leahy, and recently started as an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth after a postdoc at the NIH with Peter Kwong.
Please see the following invitation from the BME program:
Dear fellow graduate students:
BME EDGE is thrilled to announce our first Professional Skills Day, with our partners at JHU Career Center and JHMI Professional Development Office (PDO).
TITLE: BME EDGE Professional Skills Day
DESCRIPTION(*): A day program of workshops that covers the job search process for graduate students: from resumes, to networking, to interviews. Emphasis on Ph.D. students in the biomedical sciences, but also applicable to Ph.D. and MS students in related fields.
COST(*): No fee to attend
DATE: Friday, November 22, 2013
TIME: 8:30 am – 5 pm, with modules throughout the day (see attached schedule)
LOCATION: Homewood Campus
8:30am – 3:15pm Glass Pavilion
3:30pm – 5:00pm Maryland 110
You are welcome to attend any and all modules that fit your schedule or needs! (see attached schedule for details)
1) Session 1: Resumes and CVs
2) Session 2: Networking and Informational Interviewing
3) Session 3: Resume Tailoring and Cover Letters
4) Session 4: The Job Interview
5) Panel Discussion: Career Opportunities for Ph.Ds
I remember how stressful it was when I wanted to apply to grad school back in 2008. Many schools had convoluted web pages with the info for their PhD programs, and it was tricky to figure out who I could contact with questions, or even to find enough info to generate questions to ask! There were so many programs, so many options. It’s not common for grad schools to come and visit undergraduate campuses, like a career fair, so you rarely get the opportunity to speak with someone face-to-face; the best you can hope for is an email or a phone call, if you do eventually find someone to contact.
This year, BCMB is trying to make our admissions process more accessible by participating in the Virtual Grad Student Fair for the Biomedical Sciences. Prospective students can sign up for the fair, and will have a forum to get their questions answered by our program staff. Sign up today to participate!