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Treating a Tenure-Track Faculty Position Like Another Postdoc

For many postdocs, there’s a lot of tension surrounding the transition to a tenure-track faculty position.  And rightfully so since this is one of the most crucial junctures in our academic careers.  We ask ourselves, “Will I be able to … Continue reading

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Genetics and Evolution App

Photo from iTunes. In a biology or genetics course, students are tasked with learning quantitative ideas such as linkage, recombination, and genetic drift.  Up until this point, biology can be heavier on facts and ideas than more numerical subjects such as … Continue reading

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Transcription & Translation Practice with the RandomORF Generator

It can be a long and confusing road for students to learn the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology (DNA begets RNA begets protein).  Students have to grapple with specifics such as 5′ to 3′, DNA vs. RNA nucleotides, base pairing, … Continue reading

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Applying to STEM Graduate School, Parts 2 and 3

The second and third guest posts on applying to STEM graduate school are now up on Aaron Long’s blog, The Doctoral Road: Part II and Part III.  Head over there to learn more!

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TED Talk: Geena Rocero – Why I must come out

Human biology can be a tricky subject.  It takes the world of the abstract, with its nondescript cells, mRNA, membrane structures, etc., and puts it into the context of the human experience.  Trisomy 21 is no longer a factoid to … Continue reading

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Applying to Graduate Programs in STEM, Part 1: The Application Process

I was contacted by fellow blogger Aaron Long of The Doctoral Road to write a series of guest blog posts. The Doctoral Road covers topics on graduate programs in the humanities, and Aaron asked that I give the STEM perspective. … Continue reading

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Poetry in the Science Classroom

In school, particularly K-12, students spend a lot of their mental power categorizing themselves.  Which clique do I fit into?  Jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, popular kids, drama dorks, marching band, emos, goths, punks, skateboarders, surfers, or rappers?  AP, gifted, average, or … Continue reading

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