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Recently I had the opportunity to attend a talk by Gail Cassell, a member of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, and one of the authors of the NAS report Rising Above the Gathering Storm. Dr. Cassell is currently Vice President of Infectious Diseases for Eli Lilly. She was previously the chair of the Department…

After tropical forests are cleared for agriculture and then abandoned, secondary forests regrow on the site. But how do plant species composition, biomass and soil organic matter differ through this succession of primary forest, pasture, and secondary forest? Employing tools of biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, and land-use/land-cover change to examine those and related questions, Erika Marin-Spiotta…

Time to move hairy Ethan off the top of the page. Fortunately, there’s a couple of great questions from readers qued up in my email account. And maybe by the time they get posted, I’ll be ready to get back to my course design series. First up, loyal commenter GymLabRab wonders how to mentor a…

I like many, many things about my department. But I am a little frustrated about the lack of formal-ish mentoring present. It’s a little awkward — we had a couple of regular opportunities, like monthly lunches with the department head, or the senior faculty chatting with the junior faculty at a breakfast every so often,…

Mary Ann Mason has a column in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education describing the importance of role models and mentors for women graduate students. Though Zuska recently wrote a provocative post that argued that “the problem of motherhood” might be a red herring for those interested in increasing the representation of women in science,…

The theme for this month’s Scientiae carnival asks us to talk about a challenging point in our lives and describe how we overcame the adversity. Did we have help along the way, and are we better scientists for having been through the trial by fire? Truthfully, I’d have to say that the last two years…