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Learning New Things Opens Up New Opportunities

Learning New Things Opens Up New Opportunities

Career Story by Kavita Berger, PhD, Scientist at Gryphon Scientific and previous Associate Director of The Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy

I often have thought that I benefited from luck throughout my career. I have had fun and intellectually exciting jobs, at which I met a lot of people who work on very interesting topics. And, for so long, I thought these experiences were a result of luck. But, while speaking to a friend about this blog, she reminded me that although luck may have played a part in my career path, I was instrumental. I took the initiative to learn new things, interacted with people in all sectors, faced my fears of public speaking, and sought to collaborate rather than compete. According to my friend, these traits opened new opportunities for me and led me to where I am today.

Seeking Career Options Outside The Laboratory

Seeking Career Options Outside The Laboratory

Career Story by Michael Brady, PhD, Scientist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Wilmot Cancer Institute, and past Clinical Research Coordinator

Academic laboratory-based science can be a rewarding career with a lot of advantages – freedom to explore your own ideas, the ability to work with great minds and flexible hours. On the other hand, grant funding cycles, transitioning out of a postdoc position and job stability can be challenging. The uncertainty of what lied ahead and my desire to have more control over my career, led me to seek out career options outside of the laboratory.

Unexpected results can occasionally lead to the best discoveries!

Unexpected results can occasionally lead to the best discoveries!

Penicillin, vulcanized rubber, Teflon, Viagra and my career all have something in common.  

Career Story By Stephen Tajc, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Nazareth College

 

Selecting my undergraduate major came as an unexpected revelation upon taking organic chemistry.  The same course that many students fear as the “weed out”, turned out to be this dyslexic’s best friend.  For the first time in my academic career, the course material did not play tricks on my eyes and I actually enjoyed learning.  At that moment, I knew pursuing a graduate degree in Organic Chemistry would be a satisfying choice, but I was undecided on how this would translate into a career.

Impactful Findings From URBEST Trainees

Impactful Findings From URBEST Trainees

News Article by Tracey Baas, URBEST Executive Director

From time to time, a colleague or trainee will ask me to share some anecdotes or examples of impactful findings from the URBEST Program that they could use for a training grant, fellowship or upcoming presentation. Rather than keep these highlights to myself, I thought I would share a few here.

The Science of Great Ideas: Fostering The Creative Process

The Science of Great Ideas: Fostering The Creative Process

News Article by Tracey Baas, URBEST Executive Director

Scientists use the ongoing and iterative process of the scientific method. The method is several centuries old and scientists are required to use the process and work within that tradition. At the same time, researchers need to be innovative, creative, and visionaries. How can scientists do both? URBEST facilitated a workshop that tried to introduce the “right brain” to the “left brain” with the help of a URMC artist-in-residence and a medical doctor with an interest in creativity. See what happened.