Elizabeth and Roger welcome Al Sommer, former Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology and International Health. They discuss following (some of) the rules in academia, identifying good ideas, and ignoring the job description.
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Elizabeth and Roger talk about the art of writing and interpreting letters of recommendation.
Elizabeth and Roger talk about managing your mentor and different mentorship structures, including the shadow mentor.
Elizabeth and Roger talk with special guest Jeff Leek what to do when a colleague publishes something that appears to be wrong. They also discuss keeping up with the literature.
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the ways academic credit and why and when getting credit may or may not matter.
Elizabeth interviews Roger about his career trajectory and tries to learn what makes him tick.
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Elizabeth and Roger talk about the (unexpectedly?) outsized influence of personalities on collaborations and careers.
Elizabeth and Roger talk about how we evaluate professional success in academia and its unintended consequences.
Elizabeth and Roger give the inside scoop on applying and interviewing for your first faculty position.
Elizabeth and Roger talk about recognizing and managing misaligned incentives and unfunded mandates in academia.
Elizabeth and Roger talk about managing risk and dealing with failure and rejection.
Elizabeth and Roger talk to a special guest and Full Professor, Brian Caffo, about the challenges of being on the other side of promotion to full professor.
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the academic wardrobe and academic metrics for prestige-real and perceived.
Getting email responses from busy people: http://simplystatistics.org/2011/09/23/getting-email-responses-from-busy-people/
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the role of gender in academic careers (and what it's like to feel like a fish out of water).
Guardian article on why women leave academia: https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2012/may/24/why-women-leave-academia?CMP=share_btn_tw
Elizabeth and Roger discuss a recent opinion piece in PNAS as well as keeping the grant-to-paper ratio in check.
Science in the age of selfies http://www.pnas.org/content/113/34/9384.full
The Troubled Future of Colleges and Universities http://gking.harvard.edu/publications/troubled-future-colleges-and-universities
Roger is back from vacation and he and Elizabeth discuss taking vacations as an academic. Also discussed are using social media (such as Twitter) and what it means to be a "real academic".
Elizabeth and Roger talk about finding and maintaining (and sometimes ending) collaborations.
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the finances of salaries in academia: where money comes from (not trees!), how it travels through the university, and why it matters for your career.
Elizabeth and Roger talk grants: where ideas come from, how to recognize the good ones, and what the characteristics of a fundable grant are. Also, responses to the first listener feedback.
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Elizabeth and Roger talk about the keys to success that no one tells you (and imaginary friends).