Conflicts didn’t kill me, but made me stronger

  For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate. ——Margaret Heffernan   Conflicts in research groups are common. Even in a small lab with no more than 10 people, conflicts

The Physics & Astronomy Category Recipient of the PLOS ONE Early Career Travel Award in the Physical Sciences Is…

  The Physics & Astronomy Category Recipient of the PLOS ONE Early Career Travel Award in the Physical Sciences Is…   post-info Thank you to all community members who submitted applications! We are delighted to

Dealing with the reproducibility crisis: what can ECRs do about it?

  Unless you’ve been living under a rock (no judgment, by the way), I’m sure you’ve heard about the reproducibility crisis in scientific research. In 2016, two posts on this blog covered what the main

The PLOS ONE Early Career Researcher Travel Awards in the Physical Sciences

By PLOS ONE Editors post-info Early career researchers (ECRs) are very much at the heart of what we do at PLOS. Last year alone, PLOS ONE published more than 20,000 research papers, undoubtedly with tens

I survived giving my first large conference talk as a PhD student

  By Lei Shen When I was in the middle of designing my poster, an email from the organizers  of  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory‘s Asia Conference arrived informing me that my abstract was selected to

How attending an interdisciplinary college teaching conference immediately impacted my classroom practices

0000-0002-8715-2896 As a scientist and science education researcher, I never expected to find innovations and strategies for my classroom from diverse areas such as sociology, physical geography, education and community studies.  Now I realize, why

Travel, science, and making friends: why you should go to a small conference

0000-0002-8715-2896 Last week, 200 myelin biologists met at a hotel in Ventura, California for five full days of hard-core science. If you’ve been to a Gordon Research Conference (GRC) before, you know what I mean

ECRs Reflect on Stephen Hawking

0000-0002-8715-2896 “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”  –Stephen Hawking 1942-2018   This week the world lost one of the most impressive scientists in history, the one and

Why Open Research: An interview featuring Erin McKiernan

0000-0002-8715-2896     Erin McKiernan, professor at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), pledged to only publish in Open Access journals, demonstrating that it’s possible to have a thriving research career while keeping her research