early career scientists

Dear Research Advocate, We are at an inflection point in the pandemic; many people are asking, “Life seems to be getting back to ‘normal’ — are we almost to the finish line?” One response is that we must do more globally, a reality made all the more urgent by viral mutations such as the Delta variant. (Read and share our latest blog post , a pithy overview of the science behind viral variants and stopping their spread. “The longer a virus continues to circulate unchecked, the greater the likelihood that a mutation will produce a more effective disguise — one less like a fake moustache and more like a ski mask.”) The investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 has become quite controversial...
The next generation of health professionals needs to be equipped with the right training to make a demonstrable impact. Preparing tomorrow’s thought leaders to approach the challenges this century brings is the job of educators at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. To train neuroscientists at every level of learning, the university’s programs include biomedical science graduate and undergraduate programs; Discovery PREP to prepare post-baccalaureate students for biomedical PhD graduate work; and a unique medical research program, ASPIRE , which provides undergraduate students from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups with early research experience to get them ready for...
The Research!America 2021 Virtual Advocacy Awards program featured a discussion with the co-recipients of the 2020 Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award in which they shared advice they’ve received and thoughts for the next generation of leaders. Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson, MD, introduced the three co-recipients: Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, Associate Dean for Global Health, Vaccinology & Infectious Diseases, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Gary J. Nabel, MD, PhD, President and CEO, ModeX Therapeutics. Paul A. Offit, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ross Levine, MD,...
The Activist Lab at the University of South Florida College of Public Health serves as a resource for students to develop skills and gain experience in advocacy, education, research, leadership, and service. For their 2021 Civic Engagement Microgrant project, the Activist Lab developed a new podcast series to highlight topics related to environmental health, climate change, and advocacy. Join us below to learn more about the Activist Lab and its graduate student leader, Rolando Trejos Saucedo. Please tell us about your microgrant project. Our microgrant project includes a new podcast series, Advocation-Change it Up , consisting of five episodes on environmental health, climate change, and...
Dear Research Advocate, Budget Watch: President Biden is expected to release his first set of spending requests for FY22 on Friday, enabling Congress to begin consideration of the budget for the new fiscal year. The document won’t include the infrastructure and jobs plan the President unveiled last week (read our statement on the plan here ) though Biden officials say the proposals are intended to be complimentary. What will we be looking for in the FY22 budget proposal? Strong funding for NIH, CDC, FDA, NSF, AHRQ, and other key agencies and programs in the science, technology, and public health arenas. We can advocate now - use this editable email to reach out to your members of Congress...
In a fast-paced, ever-changing biomedical and political landscape, it is more important than ever for biomedical researchers to communicate effectively with policymakers. Recognizing the importance of equipping students with science communication tools, Michigan State University’s Science Communication group, MSU SciComm, a 2019-2020 Research!America microgrant recipient, has developed Conveyance, a virtual conference to connect students with science communication leaders taking place March 20-21, 2021. During Conveyance, attendees can participate in sessions on topics like science policy, literature, art, and outreach. Science artists Dr. Semarhy Quiñones and Kelly Stanford will guide...
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate our way of life, young people across America have risen to the challenges of a life lived largely indoors and online. Despite communications technologies keeping us more globally connected than ever before, young people have found themselves increasingly physically isolated. The “Stay-At-Home” lockdowns across the United States are the most severe since World War II, leading to unprecedented sights like empty malls, quiet streets in big cities, and empty athletics stadiums. These lockdowns have significant implications for environmental health research. Many young people (11-30 years old) are not in school and instead face major health...
Civic engagement is a critical skill set for scientists. It creates an opportunity to take part in our democracy at any career stage while contributing a much-needed scientific perspective to important issues facing our communities and nation. Scientific research is heavily dependent on public funding with almost 50% of support for basic research coming from the federal government. But did you know STEM students are the student population with the lowest voter turnout? Knowing how to dialogue with policymakers and the public is vital to strengthening research as a national priority. Early career scientists may not know where to begin, but there are a host of ways to get involved...