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  5. We are two months into quarantine in the US and looking back, and for many of us it doesn't seem like we accomplished as much as we thought we would. With all this "extra" time we were supposed to write all those papers, submit that grant, finish analyzing all that data, workout every day, and learn to bake bread. Instead, every day felt like a struggle to be productive. Of course you are struggling to be productive working from home. Most of us do not work from home. In fact, one of the few chances we have at work-life balance is the fact that most of our work can't be done at home. We are used to physically separating work and home. More than that, we are not used to sitting at a desk for long hours. Unless you routinely do dry bench work, we are much more adapt to short periods of work. You write a paragraph while you let the gel run, and then get up and set up a transfer, and then check an email while your buffer mixes, and then read for an hour while you eat lunch, etc. We are great at breaking up tasks and fitting each piece into small chunks of time in between other tasks. We are usually getting up and moving to a seminar, moving to a journal club, to a meeting, our days are always broken up. But now, we are supposed to just sit at your desk at home for 8 hours and write straight. Or read papers without breaks. And it doesn't work. But of course it doesn't. If you were good at sitting and focusing on one task for hours at end, you would have gone into computer programming. But you didn't. So without a hard deadline, you shouldn't expect yourself to be motivate to read every paper on calcium regulation in astrocytes in a week. So if you are anxious about your boss asking you why you weren't "more productive" take a breath. Very few of us were. Keep in mind, there is no new data coming in for awhile, even after we re-enter the labs, and PIs get lost without new data to look at. It isn't personal. It doesn't make you a bad student. You were not alone. The goal of quarantine was never to be "productive". It was to protect society and to literally survive a pandemic. This was never a vacation, but it also wasn't designed to be a chance to write all those manuscripts. Writing, data analysis, literature searches, whatever you've been filling your time with it, it was a meant to help keep working going so it didn't completely stop. As long as you did more than nothing, you were successful. Keep working, but don't beat yourself up if you didn't accomplish as much as you thought you would during this time. NOTE: This is all assuming you don't have children. If you have children, forget it. I can't even imagine what you are going through right now. I just want to say remember to apologize to every stay at home parent for their constant work.
  6. Science reports the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced an additional coronavirus relief bill, The HEROES Act, which contains billions of dollars to support needed research funding for the pandemic. Unfortunately, this bill also requires support in the Senate and the White House which may not be there. The bill would provide additional funds for COVID-19 research for NIH, NSF and other U.S. research agencies as well as for research institutions to help "defray expenses (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll) they have incurred in response to the pandemic." The bill would support needed research on the virus and the institutions where this work would be done. Your thoughts?
  7. Spice up your next virtual meeting with some neuroscience themed virtual backgrounds like this one! Just head over to SfN.org and click Download to get your hands on one of these images to show off your neuroscience pride! An ATF3-CreERT2 Knock-In Mouse for Axotomy-Induced Genetic Editing: Proof of Principle SfN collects scientific images from around the world from researchers who publish in our journals, JNeurosci and eNeuro. Both journals publish highly rigorous research representative of the breadth of neuroscience, and SfN members enjoy full access to the content of both journals. Explore the Zoom backgrounds below to discover images that have been published in JNeurosci and eNeuro.
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    Log in and register for this webinar! Malfunctioning of neuronal circuits and peripheral systems (e.g metabolism, immune or microbiota) underlie aspects of psychiatric disorders. One of the major challenges in neuroscience is understanding the mechanisms and temporal dynamics of such changes within discrete neuronal connections, or within precise peripheral players. Such understanding can reveal new therapeutic strategies and refine existing ones. After attending this webinar, participants will be able to: Delineate the main brain circuitries affected in psychiatric disorders. Describe how external stimuli may disturb the function of brain connection and periphery. Identify how the periphery, particularly the immune system, can control brain function. Define some of the targets (brain and periphery level) exploitable for therapeutic purposes. Explain the new avenues neurobiology is providing for treatment. Describe how different kinds of food-related information modulate the brain's hunger circuit Explain the new avenues neurobiology is providing for treatment.
  9. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on every aspect of our lives. We are depending on biomedical science to provide answers to this crisis. A recent piece in STAT describes the impact the pandemic has had on the entire scientific enterprise from terminating experiments to shutting down labs. This has had a particularly significant impact on new investigators and their career development. This impact could last for years to come. Your thoughts?
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    https://www.training.nih.gov/events/view/_2/2823/13th_Annual_NIH_Career_Symposium May 08, 2020 8:00 am - 4:00 pm This event is recommended for: Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows. This year we will be moving the NIH Career to an online event. Look for online panels, taped interviews, and Twitter chats to get the same information to plan your career path. We will keep posting updates here as the schedule coalesces. (updated 4/23/20) We invite any postdoc, clinical fellow or PhD-level graduate student to join us, regardless if you are part of the NIH intramural program or not. This event is free to attend. Register at this page to be on the list to receive more information as it comes out!!
  11. https://www.training.nih.gov/events/view/_2/2823/13th_Annual_NIH_Career_Symposium
  12. Medical students at Harvard University have founded a team to develop resources and teaching material around COVID-19, including a full curriculum including epidemiological principles, communicating information about COVID-19, and global collaboration https://curriculum.covidstudentresponse.org/
  13. Raquel Maria Campos

    How will COVID-19 impact your research?

    I'm from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in the Federal University of Rio we were advised to reduce or end our animals colony and stop all experiments one month ago. But, at same time, we recivied an email from the Institute announcing that all masters and PhD deadlines are reamin the same, so I know many student that are going back to the University to do experiments, even though Rio is in quarentine, so they can present their work in the right date
  14. The toll that the COVID-19 outbreak is having on the current research environment will be felt for a long time. These significant disruptions to bench work and progress in many labs is slowing, spelling trouble for graduate students, postdocs, and PIs. Luckily, scientists are resourceful and hardworking, but this doesn’t mean that navigating these uncharted waters will be easy. Neuronline has a collection of articles and videos that can help provide guidance on mentoring. We hope that these resources can help you whether you’re a mentor, mentee, to-be mentor or to-be mentee. https://neuronline.sfn.org/collection/best-practices-for-mentoring-relationships Now more than ever, mentors and mentees need to support each other. Please use this thread to share your personal experiences on staying connected to your mentor or mentee. What are some ways that you’ve been able to support and communicate with one another to remain productive and focused?
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    If you're stuck at home, why not take this chance to spruce up that LinkedIn page? ONLINE ONLY - USING LINKEDIN FOR CAREER SUCCESS
  16. If you're stuck at home, why not take this chance to spruce up that LinkedIn page? ONLINE ONLY - USING LINKEDIN FOR CAREER SUCCESS
  17. Michael Oberdorfer

    Speaking scientific truth to power.

    The Washington Post reports that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases at NIH, is facing threats because his scientific opinions, on the need for continued social-distancing, the time needed for vaccine development, testing candidates for therapeutic agents, among others in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, have contradicted those of the President. These threats have prompted HHS Secretary Alex Azar to provide a security detail for Fauci, Reports of these threats emerged earlier when a number of internet forums, newscasts and commentators supported the President when he appeared to take issue with the advice of medical and scientific experts on the pandemic. Comments?
  18. Michael Oberdorfer

    Fetal Tissue Research and COVID-19

    The gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to mobilize all avenues of research have prompted more than 100 professional societies, universities and research centers to call for an end to the administration's ban on fetal tissue research. In a letter to the administration, these scientific organizations say that this restriction may contribute to delays for potential treatments. Eric Anthony, director of policy at the International Society for Stem Cell Research, states in part: “We believe that researchers should have all of the biomedical research tools out there to develop treatments for COVID-19,” Your thoughts?
  19. In an effort to provide opportunities to the scientific community during these challenging times, the Office of Intramural Training and Education at the NIH will be offering a series of webinars in the coming weeks. Use this link to register for the first online session:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/640637452789607693 Join us to discuss strategies for building resilience in this time of stress and uncertainty. Topics covered include shifting and rebuilding routines, dealing with loneliness and distance from our support networks, balancing demands of family and work, news coverage overload, and handling uncertainty and worry about our science, educational and career goals.
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    In an effort to provide opportunities to the scientific community during these challenging times, the Office of Intramural Training and Education at the NIH will be offering a series of webinars in the coming weeks. Use this link to register for the first online session:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/640637452789607693 Join us to discuss strategies for building resilience in this time of stress and uncertainty. Topics covered include shifting and rebuilding routines, dealing with loneliness and distance from our support networks, balancing demands of family and work, news coverage overload, and handling uncertainty and worry about our science, educational and career goals.
  21. Go to https://mdcune.psych.ucla.edu/ We have developed and field tested digital labs for undergrads. They are inquiry based and NOT cookbook. These labs are provided to the community for free via a website that was originally funded by NSF. Faculty will need to request an account to get to grading keys, paper rubrics, etc. William (Bill) Grisham UCLA
  22. KathiaRamirez

    How will COVID-19 impact your research?

    Hi, I work from Mexico City, we still are in phase 1 but we are taking precautions. Our local authorities (at the Institute) suggested that, starting this week, only 4 people/lab are permited. So, as we work with rodents, we had to diminish the mice populations and cut down some experiments. It was hard because we had to priorized, but our PI encouraged us to work in our papers and thesis at home.
  23. Let us know what you're up to if you're on extended telework and away from the lab!
  24. Gabriella Panuccio

    How will COVID-19 impact your research?

    No, no issues with enthusiasm, luckily. We all die hard and are super driven!!! Same thing for my EU collabs.
  25. Hugo Sanchez-Castillo

    How will COVID-19 impact your research?

    I work from Mexico and here the situation is no so bad (yet). We have the phase 1 activated, that means that we are only worried about precautions and to report if there s some symptomatology. However if the phase increases to 3 the university it will be close and the online activities it will be mandatory not optional. In the research field, we have more or less the same situation, however the research it will not shut down.
  26. Andrew Chen

    How will COVID-19 impact your research?

    @Gabriella Panuccio good to hear from you and thank you for sharing your experience! I've been reading a lot on how Italy is approaching this situation and appreciate you giving us your perspective on how you are approaching it in this difficult time. How are your lab members and collaborators doing? I hope that morale hasn't been dampened too much. @Stephanie Vose thanks for sharing that resource. That's really nice that NIH is addressing these impacts.
  27. Stephanie Vose

    How will COVID-19 impact your research?

    The NIH posted this announcement: General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Proposal Submission and Award Management Related to COVID-19 https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-083.html
  28. Gabriella Panuccio

    How will COVID-19 impact your research?

    I live in Italy and the situation is worrying. Schools and Universities have been closed for quite a long time now. And the latest news is the mandatory shut down of all the places for social gatherings, like pubs and restaurants. I work in a research institution, which is still open according to the latest directions. But we're implementing teleworking since the very beginning. My lab is still standing, but yesterday I had to schedule an extraordinary lab meeting to establish a calendar of the crucial activities that can't be stopped nor postponed. This is a time when it comes to make important choices on who is working to get results and who's not. Luckily, at least for now, the activities in my lab are not so affected. We can safely work the minimum necessary to keep the lab activities going even if in idle mode.
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