Reflections Newsletter

Issue 20, January 2023

This newsletter is distributed the last Thursday of the month and contains a variety of resources, links, and reflections on graduate-level career & professional development, higher education, and an occasional detour into neuroscience topics, the area I formally trained in as a graduate student and postdoc.

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Reflections Blog: January 2023 



Our experience of our lives and the world is through our perceptions of both external "realities" and our internal beliefs. One's mindset is powerful and can influence most of how we interact with and impact the world. Thus, we must overcome our biological tendencies to focus on the negative and the poor habits of distraction and excessive consumption in order to move through the world with greater self-confidence and the belief that positive things can happen to and through us.

Worthy Reads

‘Disruptive’ science has declined — and no one knows why

A recent paper published in Nature illustrates a precipitous decline in disruptive scientific publications and patents from 1950 to 2010. A variety of hypotheses as to why this decline in "innovation" has occurred are offered from the explosion in the sheer amount of knowledge that has to be sifted through for modern scientists to understand the current state of their field to incentive structures that unwittingly encourage incremental, "fundable" science be performed.

For more on this topic, checkout Derek Thompson's excellent podcast with one of the paper's authors.

Build on 2022 for a Strong Career-Focused Start to 2023

Joseph Barber provides an overview of many of the excellent Carpe Careers column pieces from 2022 focused on advice and resources to assist graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with their career and professional development. 

Programs Worth Promoting


National Postdoctoral Association Resources

The NPA's SmartSkills program returns in 2023 featuring webinars on a variety of topics related to postdocs' career and professional development and well-being.

And check out the NPA's Resource Library​ for more guides and resources including a guide to the postdoc timeline, mentoring, and more.


Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc

Online edX course begins January 30th 

Topics to be covered include:

  • Finding Success as a Postdoc
  • Building an Actionable Career Plan
  • Developing Resilience
  • Working Effectively in an Intercultural Environment

Explore more Postdoc Academy content. 


This course on Lab Management & Leadership is designed to equip postdocs and junior faculty in the biomedical, physical, and life sciences with the professional competencies to lead innovative and productive research programs. Online attendance available to all.

Register to attend today!

Revisiting Past Blog Posts 

Growing one's personal network and brand takes time and effort. The key is to start and realize small efforts can lead to big impact in the future. 

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I discuss the importance of engaging with others and adding value without expectations for an immediate return on investment. Cultivating your relationships and reputation can pay dividends down the road. From January 2022.

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In our online, social-media obsessed world it is far more easy to seem involved, concerned, and engaged than to be those things in the world. 

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More to Explore - Resources for Trainees & Those Supporting Them

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