Doctoral students: Set yourself up for career success and start early

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via Google PlusShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail One of the most important things you can do as a graduate student is to start thinking about your career goals early in your program. Here are a few concrete actions you can take early on that will set you up for success as your job search approaches.Put together a solid CVYour resume or older CV could probably use a formatting tune-up and updating to include more recent accomplishments. Drafting a new document, rather than just updating an older one, is a great way to start fresh with your new set of experiences (and without formatting artifacts!).Use these resources to craft a solid, comprehensive CV that conforms to field norms around format and content:The Career Services CV GuideBooks like The Academic Job Search Handbook or The Professor Is InTrusted sources like The Chronicle of Higher EducationWorking on your CV early in your program can help give you a jump on the competition for fellowship and grant applications. It will also allow you to identify and remedy any areas in your CV that are not as robust as you’d prefer.Network Networking is key within academia as well as outside it. Keep appropriate social media accounts active and engage in social media activity with your field contacts and colleagues. This includes Researchgate.net, Academia.edu, “Science Twitter” and other similar platforms.Actively network at conferences and workshops, both virtual and in-person. Introduce yourself and chat with speakers and panelists brought in by your program or department. The connections you make and maintain now can help you later in your job search.Identify valuable experience and skillsConsider the experience and skills that will make you valuable as a candidate, and then work to gain or hone those qualifications. Whether you plan to remain in academia or move into government, industry or non-profit work, every path has a preferred set of qualifications.Research your chosen career path and determine what experience and skills are required to succeed, and then carefully evaluate your CV for those qualifications. Where you fall short, be alert for opportunities to acquire or improve them.If you put time and effort into these career-building activities early in your program, you will be ready to take advantage of opportunities as they arrive.To talk more about your goals and how to get there, make an appointment with a graduate career advisor. Career Services is open for virtual visits over the summer via Zoom, phone or LiveChat on the Career Services website Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about virtual appointments and drop-in hours.last_img read more

Secret Shimano Di2 Button Will Soon Control Your Cycling Computer…Maybe Shocks, Too?

first_imgEarlier this year, Shimano’s D-Fly wireless transmitter plugged into the Di2 system to wirelessly send information to an ANT+ cycling computer and relay gear selection, gear ratio, etc. Now, our friends at Road.cc told us there’s a button hidden under the top of the hoods on Dura-Ace Di2 9070 shifter levers that until now has been unused.  That button sends a distinct wireless signal to those same computers to do, well, something.Garmin, Magellan, Pioneer and Shimano PRO are those already integrating the gear info, so it’s no stretch to imagine they’ll be among the first to use the button to cycle through functions and screens.But what if this were ported over to mountain bikes? We had a Trek Domane review bike in with 9070 and took a quick peek under the rubber. Sure enough, there’s a button on each side just under the top of the hood, where the rubber is soft enough and shaped to depress this little guy:The button looks small, but our own finger pressing suggests it works perfectly. We reached out to Shimano and Pioneer but haven’t heard back (updates if we do). But we did speak with Sam at Magellan and Amy at Garmin:Magellan: “I can’t really talk about it too much because it’s under development, but suffice to say we’re working with Shimano to integrate levels of functionality to control the head unit.”Garmin: “We’re working on integrating this capability into our devices for an upcoming software release.”Given the announcement only came this week, their brief responses and the others’ lack of isn’t surprising – no one’s had time to update their firmware to take advantage of it. For now, the functionality is only for road bikes since (as far as we know) there’s no such hidden button on the new XTR Di2 group. And, according to Shimano’s information, D-Fly is only for the road-going Di2 groups. But, D-Fly is an e-Tube plug-in accessory, and XTR Di2 uses e-Tube…so, we’re thinking an accessory button or 3rd party hack isn’t too far off.And the applications there are even more practical. Both Magura and Fox already using electronic lockout systems for their fork and shock. Fox’s iCTD/iCD system is already integrated into the new XTR controls, letting you assign one of the shifters to work the remote instead of the drivetrain, but it’s all wired. Imagine that going wireless!Magura’s system already is wireless, and the latest generation uses ANT+, and ANT+ recently announced an open suspension protocol. We spoke with their US tech rep and he said he wasn’t aware of any development on that front, but the idea was certainly intriguing. That said, the premise of their system is that it locks out automatically when needed, so manual control isn’t the highest priority there.Either way, road or mountain, this certainly opens the door to some pretty killer possibilities for controlling any ANT+ device. What would you have it do?last_img read more

Don’t Mess With Breastfeeding Women

first_imgMiller-McCune:Earlier this year, we reported that breast-feeding women are widely viewed as less competent. Newly published research suggests it would be unwise to share that unflattering opinion with them.According to a team led by UCLA health psychologist Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook, lactating women display higher levels of aggression than both non-mothers and their bottle-feeding counterparts. What’s more, their blood pressure stays low even as their combativeness increases, which may be nature’s way of allowing new mothers to calmly but effectively deal with potential threats.Writing in the journal Psychological Science, Hahn-Holbrook and her colleagues describe an experiment featuring 33 mothers with infants between 3 and 6 months old, and 18 women who had never given birth.Read the whole story: Miller-McCune More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more