Science has never been an easy job, but in the tradition of great scientists, we should keep fighting for it. The current climate of uncertainty, oppression, and fear-mongering that extends far beyond the realm of science requires a response built upon courage and bravery. Neuroscientists do not yet know which specific pathways promote courage and... Continue Reading →
My recent take on the sometimes worrying developments of the young field of Science Communication, and the importance of responsible science journalism. Originally published on http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2017/01/04/lets-talk-about-scicomm/ Science communication is a young field with many voices and few guidelines. Let’s find a way to combine our voices in order to protect the integrity of research endeavors. There are... Continue Reading →
Adult-born neurons are intricately linked to cognitive performance. Here, McAvoy and colleagues could show that the successful incorporation of these neurons into the hippocampus hinges on a delicate balance of neuronal activity between mature and new-born neurons.
One step forward, two steps back….? The Status Quo So much has been said and written about the “special kind of hell” that often describes the daily life of a postdoctoral research fellow. There have been objections against the poor pay and horrid hours, advice on how to combine a young family with the demands of a prosperous career, and many other more or less specific issues regarding the career choices and trajectories of postdocs. But after all this reporting, writing, and the discussions – what has actually been achieved?
My contribution to the Albert Einstein College's blog - originally published January 2016 on http://blogs.einstein.yu.edu/making-a-scientists-brain-light-up/ Making a Scientist’s Brain Light Up What excites a scientist’s brain? Is it the next big breakthrough experiment that will save humanity? Is it the approval of the R01 grant that will guarantee another few years of life in the... Continue Reading →
Do we need to choose between life and science? No. If we learn to delegate and lose our perfectionism, we can have it all.