Free biochemistry online course from HarvardX

HarvardX is offering a free online course, Principles of Biochemistry, starting June 5 on edX.org. Participants in this 15-week, self-paced course will explore the molecules of life, starting with building blocks and culminating in complex metabolism and associated diseases. The course is taught by Harvard professors Alain Viel, senior lecturer in the Department of Molecular…

Application open for Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring network

The Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM) Network is a joint venture among the American Society for Cell Biology and several other life science professional societies that focuses on developing active learning strategies for reform of the traditional lecture classroom. PALM provides faculty and postdoctoral fellows with resources that allow them to gain hands-on experience and…

Becoming Competitive for a Teaching (and Research) Position Part III: I have an interview! Now what?

By Joseph Provost, University of San Diego After the marathon of creating an interesting research and teaching statement, chasing down letters of recommendation, and filling out piles of forms comes the painfully long wait to hear back.  However, if you get that call or email to arrange an interview, it is time for a celebration……

Becoming Competitive for a Teaching (and research) Position: Part II

By Joseph Provost Job hunting season Advertisement an open position can be an expensive proposition for most schools, especially when most institutions will be hiring several positions each year.  To reduce costs, most schools will only advertise in one or two locations. The publications and websites most often used for PUI and teaching-centered positions are…

Becoming Competitive for a Teaching (and Research) Position: Part I

By Joseph Provost, University of San Diego The number of articles and blog posts discussing the difficulties of finding a job are disheartening.  The jobs are out there, but the competition is steep.  Research-focused academic jobs are one of many career paths for a Ph.D.  Fortunate graduate students and post doctorates will have mentors or…

(Bio)Hackers: Taking Over a Body Near You

By Matthew Munson With the rise of digital computing and technology in the 21st century, scientists have made advancements that would have seemed like the work of science-fiction just a few decades ago.  One of modern technology’s most important advancements for the scientific community is the ability to instantly share information  from the comfort of…