Driving Force

What do our influential professors impart that stick with us? How much is conscious modeling of tendencies and preferences in theory, method, and data-handling, and how much is absorbed more unconsciously to become second-nature to us?
As a cornerstone of peer review, referee reports are the conscience of a research community applied to new ideas. Responsible referees accept the author's frame of reference instead of substituting for it. They focus on dubious assumptions, blind spots, wrong turns, additional analysis—not on different approaches altogether.

Work experience such as that gained in an unpaid internship is typically an asset when graduates enter the full-time job market, helping to accelerate the launch into careers. However, not all STEM students can afford such volunteerism.

Teambuilding is easier said than done! Oftentimes, the first question that scientists and engineering colleagues who aren't in the startup scene, ask is this: Where do I find these co-founders or team members? This process can stop many entrepreneurs in their tracks.

Twitter recently acknowledged minority underrepresentation in their U.S. workforce—2% African-American and 4% Latino and moved to address the problem by appointing Apple's former diversity head Jeffrey Siminoff (a white man) to be their new diversity and inclusion officer.
The Supreme Court recently heard a second round of arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin II which could determine the use of Affirmative Action at UT-Austin and across the nation. A ruling is expected in June 2016.
We have reached a tipping point in the use and interpretation of words that connote more than they denote. "Diversity" is the latest example.
Should universities, especially STEM departments, give the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation jobs, a try?
Faculty may not be aware of their tendency to select students along national lines--including foreign-born faculty selecting graduate students from the same countries from which they emigrated.
Those who possess tenacity, or "grit," tend to stay the course and fulfill long-term goals--a needed trait in the marathon of graduate training. Scientists are now including this as a factor in measuring academic achievement.