Creativity in Science: Jeremy Nathans Many scientists spend a lot of time thinking about their results and experiments and trying to plan the next creative breakthrough. Nathans shares the practices that he finds helpful in developing good ideas.
Improving Graduate Training, Roy Parker Parker suggests that graduate training could be improved if science learned a lesson from athletics where the best coaches emphasize skill development, not winning (or, in the case of science, publishing a high profile paper), during training.
The Post-doctoral Situation: Gregory Petsko Dr. Petsko recently chaired a National Academy of Sciences committee that investigated the science and engineering postdoctoral experience in the United States. In this talk, he discusses some of his own findings from this committee.
Time to Rethink Graduate and Postdoc Education: Keith Yamamoto Yamamoto suggests that instead of preparing graduate students for what he calls the “post-doc terminal”, institutions and graduate programs should be responsible for creating a “Ph.D. hub”, familiarizing trainees with the array of career options during graduate school.