Thoughts

Hello world. We are here. And we will make ourselves be seen.

Visibility in academia is both a contributor to and outcome of scholarly reputation. I reflect on my experiences that demonstrate how the resources for enhancing our visibility cannot be assumed to have been made available for all who should be entitled to access them. I conclude that the onus is falling on our shoulders to create our own visibility. So I provide some alternative resources for doing so. (continue reading)


10 lessons from my first year as a tenure-track faculty

It has been approximately a year since I started my journey as a tenure-track assistant professor in an engineering/life sciences department at an R1 university in the United States...in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. I just wanted to reflect on some of the things I've learned in case they may be useful for future students who embark on this same journey, or perhaps for me to look back on years later and cringe at how naive I used to be. (continue reading)




All co-first authors are equal, but some are more equal than others

Co-first is when two or more individuals are noted as providing the same or equal first-author-level contribution to a published work. Such co-first authorships are becoming more common, particularly in the biomedical fields, where projects are becoming more and more ambitious, requiring more and more diverse skill sets as well as intense multi-year collaborative efforts to come to fruition. Unfortunately, publishers have been rather slow in properly recognizing such co-first authorships with readily visible annotations, particularly online. Here, I highlight the problem with examples, explain why we should care, and propose a simple solution. (continue reading)