Category Archives: Professional Development

CV tips

It’s that time of year again, when departments assess whether their faculty are performing adequately, time for the *Annual Review*! To that end, this week has been a flurry of getting papers submitted / re-submitted and next week will be as well. Which means I get to update my CV!

One year during my annual review I was advised to improve my CV to make it easier for people (read the people who determine whether I get a raise or promotion) to evaluate my performance. For those of you interested, here are the tips!

  1. Include page numbers (this goes for research & teaching statements as well)
  2. Make sure margins aren’t too big — this will look like you’re padding it
  3. Include your mailing address & phone number
  4. Highlight research! publications & grants/awards first, then teaching
  5. Reverse number pubs with most recent (& thus the highest number) first — this lets the reader immediately know how many pubs you have, which matters for the “bean counters”
  6. Include any highly cited, highly accessed, or commentary info for particular pubs
  7. For collaborative grants, include total award and amount to your lab
  8. Spell out all abbreviations (all of them!)
  9. Separate Oral & Poster presentations
  10. Separate Service into subcategories
    1. * Professional memberships
    2. * Journal reviews (total, list journals)
    3. * Funding agency reviews/panels (list agencies)
  11. List Personnel!!
    1. * All personnel supervised (starting with when you’re a postdoc)
    2. * Students (high school, UG, grad) and postdocs names, dates, project title (if indept research), where they are currently if known
  12. List all Committees
  13. List Outreach
  14. List Websites

Once I get mine updated, I’ll add it to my people page for the world to see! But first I’m going to resubmit this lingering paper…

Update: A couple more papers accepted! FRIESEN_CV_CURRENT.

Science Role Models

Last semester, I was struck by a remark Jim Tiedje made during PubClub about a well-regarded scientist he knew who worked in a not-so-great lab but who had identified a top scientist in his field and emulated him/her.  By adopting the character traits of an admired scientist, the implication goes,  we can ourselves become better scientists. This reminded me of Rob Pennock’s Scientific Virtues project, which through surveys has identified the traits that scientists admire in our culture.

To kick off the new year, I asked everyone in my lab to submit a brief writeup of one of their science role models and reflect on how his/her traits enabled their scientific achievements. Many selected a former advisor, while others chose someone established in their field or someone famous they admired. Recurrent virtues included: Skepticism, Rigor, Loyalty, Hard work, Communication Ability, Caring, Curiosity, and Risk-taking. Many highlighted the importance of training students and postdocs and creating opportunities in science for those with diverse backgrounds.

The Friesen Lab’s Scientific Role Models: Catharina Coenen; Rosie RedfieldMary SeelyScott Peck; Jack Webster; Joan Strassmann; Lisa Donovan; Thomas Kuhn; David Arora; Alfred Wegener; Kathleen Rubins

To try to emulate our role models (and because Aaron Garoutte, Sheril Kirshenbaum and I are running a “Communicating Science” seminar this spring!) one of my 2017 resolutions is to write a post on this website every week–and my lab is going to hold me to it!