Advising ain’t always easy

I’ve had a handful of graduate students in the dozen-ish years the lab has existed. I’ve felt better about how I’ve advised some, and not as great about how I’ve advised others. Even within individual students, I feel I’ve done well at times, and poorly at times.

This morning, I came across an article that I hadn’t seen before. It was published in Nature in 2011, and shifts at least some of the responsibility to the student. While this is a huge relief, I still think the majority of the responsibility falls on our shoulders as mentors, but it’s nice to have this document to give to students. Not because I think the burden should be on them, but because I think everything discussed here can help me do my job better.

Nature student-mentor article

Click here for the online pdf at nature’s website.

SSIB 2018

The Daniels Lab had another strong showing at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Former trainees Liz Baase, Naomi McKay, and Jess Santollo brought trainees who were all doing great work. Linnea and Destiny each had posters with a constant stream of viewers. The meeting marked a transition for me as my second (and final) term as Secretary ended, and my transition to President-Elect became formal. All in all, a pretty good meeting for the lab.