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The Black Hole

BY JONATHAN THON | January 21 2020

It is very hard to practice science well, which is why it is so important to use the scientific method.

BY DAVID KENT | January 10 2020

Career planning and mental health in academe were some of the most-read topics addressed on the Black Hole in the past year.

BY DAVID KENT | December 12 2019

Many scientists are leaving academe, but why they leave and who remains will have substantial implications for how we train future scientists.

BY JONATHAN THON | November 20 2019

Any decision to do something new is based on our confidence in ourselves to succeed at it.

BY DAVID KENT | November 13 2019

A recent academic article breaks down the hiring practices of different types of academic institutions, dispensing valuable career advice to those looking to get hired.

BY JONATHAN THON | October 28 2019

This new series will discuss/debate leading life science topics with featured guests.

BY DAVID KENT | October 10 2019

A new Wellcome Trust sponsored survey will hopefully bring about some positive change in the field.

BY JONATHAN THON | September 27 2019

These meetings are an opportunity to connect with each other and humanize our professional interactions.

BY DAVID KENT | September 06 2019

We need to encourage the writing of more specific protocols and lobby researchers to publish them on open websites.

BY JONATHAN THON | August 16 2019

Universities employ a very small fraction of all career scientists and serve mainly as a stepping stone to the next career phase rather than a final destination.

BY DAVID KENT | July 25 2019

Starting early and being ruthless about time management are just a few pieces of advice I wish I had been given at the start of this process.

BY JONATHAN THON | July 12 2019

The challenge is knowing when to step in and when to let go.

BY DAVID KENT | July 02 2019

Simple, rather than drastic, changes can go a long way to improving equality.

BY DAVID KENT | June 12 2019

For the first time, a postdoctoral fellow has been appointed to serve as a member of the governing council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

BY JONATHAN THON | May 30 2019

A sustainable culture is built on living one’s values, and demonstration of that inevitably comes from the top.

BY DAVID KENT | May 16 2019

Among other things, these websites should be sharing the lab’s protocols and disclosing the career progression of its researchers.

BY JONATHAN THON | May 02 2019

Most founders in STEM are not interested in being rich – they want to achieve a paradigm change in their field.

BY DAVID KENT | April 11 2019

Two of the most useful and underrated things in the world of academic science are support and trust. Both can make such a huge difference at key moments of one’s career, and parental leave should be no exception.

BY JONATHAN THON | March 21 2019

While our existing scientific publication system has limited value in this world, the scholarly peer review process is more important than ever.

BY DAVID KENT | March 15 2019

These are just a few of the ways that men and women can help to balance the gender scales in academic science.