Category: Behind the Bench

Maximize your research!

Are you a scientist? Do you work at the benchtop? And are you always looking for new tips and “tricks of the trade”? Then this is the page for you. Behind the Bench focuses on helping you master you skills at the benchtop and offer resources so that you can get the most out of your research!

5 Apps That Make You a Better Scientist

The best tools on the web help us collaborate across distance and across disciplines. They can help us reach our target audience, be it our lab or our community. They also help us automate repetitive tasks and save time better spent thinking about science over a cup of coffee.

While there are a lot of great apps out there, I’ve narrowed it down to five based on their universality and usefulness to those of us still #BehindTheBench.

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Tips for Optimization and Improving Reproducibility

Thus far, my thesis work has focused on optimizing an assay that my PI and I designed to answer a bigger question. By optimizing I mean tweaking the protocol to ensure the assay is reproducible and reliable (haven’t you heard about the Reproducibility Crisis?). When I began work on this project, I had no idea the time and extreme attention to detail it would require. I began graduate school only a few months after I earned my bachelor’s degree and my bench experience was very limited. Prior to joining my thesis lab, I never spent longer than 3-months in any...

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What can a “science nerd” learn from a “sports jock?”

Sports psychology isn’t something everyone has heard about, but more and more big name teams are providing in-house sports psychology services. Articles published this fall detail how teams like the Miami Dolphins and the New York Mets see value in providing sports psychologists whose job it is to help players reduce anxiety, increase focus on tasks, and enhance performance.

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