A Day in the Life

4 Conference Networking Tips for the Novice

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I finally watched last year’s action flick Pacific Rim, and its portrayal of research scientists —stereotypically socially inept — made me cringe. In reality, the Ph.D. students I know are friendly and socially astute. But we tend to think of these qualities as social perks instead of professional skills. In the academic idyll, we think(...)

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Neuroscience Graduate Student Awarded Axol Science Scholarship

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Jonathan Grima, a third-year neuroscience graduate student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow working in the labs of Jeffrey Rothstein and Solomon Snyder, was recently named the winner of an international scholarship competition hosted by the human cell culture company Axol. The scholarship application was a test of effective science communication skills. Applicants were(...)

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Graduate Student Finds a Harmonious Work-Life Balance with Music

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Establishing a healthy work-life balance is hard, and ironically, finding ways to squeeze in de-stressing hobbies can be extremely stressful. Over the years, John Froehlig, a graduate student in the Program in Molecular Biophysics, has perfected the art of making progress on his thesis without sacrificing his other passion: music. Froehlig joined Johns Hopkins in(...)

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Home Visits: An Essential Part of Medical Care

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One of the most memorable experiences of my medical training was my first home visit. I was a medical student participating in a primary care elective with a physician in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to gaining experience in the clinic setting, I was expected to make a visit to a clinic patient in his/her home.(...)

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The Genetic Reality of a Jurassic World

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As some of the most impressively gargantuan creatures to ever roam the earth, dinosaurs are a constant source of intrigue and inspiration. In the latest remake of the classic Jurassic novel, Jurassic World, dinosaurs again steal the spotlight by giving moviegoers’ imaginations an exquisite bite (pun intended) of life among these magnificent beasts. But as(...)

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Bangladeshi-American Student Aims to Bridge Relationships with Underserved Patients

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Transitioning to my medical school clerkship after my Ph.D. training was stressful. After a five-year absence from the clinic, my medical knowledge and clinical skills were rusty. My practical knowledge — for example, how to find information in medical charts or how to present patients in morning rounds — also needed improvement. But beyond lacking(...)

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Advice from a Senior Resident to a New Intern

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This month, I became a senior resident in internal medicine. With that title comes the opportunity to help train new interns at our hospital. And when I met the talented group of interns just before their start last month, I couldn’t help but think back to my first day of residency. Two years earlier —(...)

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Neuroscience Graduate Student Driven by How the Brain ‘Sees’

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Talking with Chanel Matney, a neuroscience graduate student in the Brown Lab, can send your mind racing in many different directions as she discusses her passions and interests and gives sage advice. A native Marylander from a family with diverse career paths ranging from medicine to performance art, Chanel is the sole basic science researcher.(...)

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