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BY DAVID KENT | SEP 17 2020

We would like to see major organizations make their reviewer comments available to other funding organizations for grants that “just missed” getting funded.

BY JONATHAN THON | SEP 03 2020

The idea of successive iterations across stages of development is not incongruent with the concept of mastery, and one might expect that further iterations drives greater competence.

BY JONATHAN THON | JUL 31 2020

The current system of academic science is not organized to support all scientists equally.

BY DAVID KENT | JUL 21 2020

Many of the mental health challenges universities are trying to address tend to be exacerbated by the pride of academics themselves.

BY JONATHAN THON | JUL 14 2020

For those of us that held strong at the onset of the pandemic, this is when the wave of despondency generally hits.

BY DAVID KENT | JUL 03 2020

Some people need to be pushed to achieve their best work, but it is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

BY DAVID KENT | JUN 23 2020

Both David and Jonathan hope that many new and good things can come from this period of lockdown.

BY JONATHAN THON, DAVID RAISER & DAMIEN WILPITZ | JUN 04 2020

Three scientists share their thoughts on how the scientific community can help combat racism in all its forms.

BY DAVID KENT | MAY 25 2020

The scientific community often relies on impromptu interactions to spur where the next set of experiments might go.

BY JONATHAN THON | MAY 07 2020

We must identify and resolve the gaps in our current scientific training, and revisit and refine the incentive structures we’ve created around our scientists.

BY DAVID KENT | APR 23 2020

A potentially interesting approach would be to consider substantially less standardization in the metrics that assess academic institutions.

BY DAVID KENT | APR 08 2020

Use this time to think about your career trajectory and what aspects of your work are important to you.

BY JONATHAN THON | MAR 27 2020

In light of the current pandemic, it’s worthwhile to consider the importance of both public and private investment in basic research programs and the growing role of science in our society.

BY DAVID KENT | MAR 13 2020

We have an incredible opportunity to explore some new virtual conferencing solutions, and have team leaders be more present in their labs than usual.

BY JONATHAN THON | FEB 24 2020

Academic mentorship is a very important part of the education and training of scientists, but it comes with its own set of unique challenges.

BY JONATHAN THON | FEB 06 2020

Many revolutionary advances in science can trace their origins to chance encounters between scientists from different areas of study that spark new ideas and thinking.

BY JONATHAN THON | JAN 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 | JAN 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 | DEC 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 | NOV 20 2019

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