The Hub

summer 2016
“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” – Benjamin Disraeli

This Summer at The Pub Club

While we always try to keep things informal at The Pub Club, during the summer we relax even more.  Rather than scheduling specific topics each week, we simply get together and talk about whatever science is relevant that week.  This often includes Conference Highlights from whatever meetings our members attend, and will also include individual project updates/brainstorming sessions.  If you have a specific topic you would like the group to explore, we are happy to add it to the calendar, just ask!  Hope to see you there!

Summer is finally here again.  The trees are full and green, the flowers are blooming and the birds sure seem happy about it.  Did you notice, or were you too busy at your lab bench?  I leave you with a challenge: this summer, get to know “The Other Bench.” When you find a good one, snap a selfie of you at your “other bench” and share it with the rest of us @ThePubClub, #myotherbench (or you can email it to Bethany or alphanode@thepubclubhub.org if you don’t Twitter!).  With these we will be building a summer gallery on “The Hub” and don’t forget to take a pic at your conferences or vacation as well!  Oh! And bonus experts say you will “train your brain to focus” in the process.  Read Full Post Here…

Have a great summer, can’t wait to see all “The Other Benches!”

The Latest

Check out The Earlham Institute (08/16/16): Mary Williams shared this on Plantae.  This looks like an amazing place to do research. They actually have a full time Training & Development manager who helps students put together and maintain Personal & Professional Development plans.  Skills they emphasize? Science communication and research critique.  Want to know more? Watch the video and check out the site: http://www.earlham.ac.uk/  

Pathways to Scientific Teaching Seminar (08/15/16): This seminar course is offered by Diane Ebert-May and is open to graduate students and post docs.  This is a great training opportunity for anyone pursuing a career involving teaching.  For more information, click here.

New Teaching Resource Added! (08/15/16): Teaching Tools in Plant Biology is a resource provided ASPB and The Plant Cell that is curated by Mary Williams.  You can check it out by clicking on the Teaching Tools logo on the “Teaching” page under “Resources.”

Post doc position in Mike Blatt’s lab (08/15/16): There is a 3-year post doc position open in Mike Blatt’s lab to work on SAUR proteins and guard cell membrane transport.  Check out the lab website here. Closing date for applications is Sept 4th. See the job ad here: Blatt Lab Post doc position.

New From “The Void” (Quotes/Excerpts  posted here are pulled from current job postings.)

Assistant / Associate Professor (tenure track)

Required Qualifications:

Must demonstrate excellence in teaching, effective communication, and interpersonal skills. The ability to be a productive team player and to interact well with peers, students, industry, government agencies, and the general public is essential.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with…  a record of excellence in teaching and research, as well as ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Particular attention will be afforded to candidates who have productive records of teaching and scholarly activity that would strengthen current department initiatives. The ability to collaborate on research with faculty across the College, University, and industry is desirable. Candidates who have international experience or the desire to cultivate international links, are preferred.

The Mission

For a complete understanding of the “History” of The Pub Club concept as well as the “why” and the “how” of what we do, go to “The Mission” page.  The mission of The Pub Club  is to tap into the “community of minds” to best serve both the science & the scientists of 3 labs located in the Molecular Plant Science (MPS) building here at Michigan State University. The “task” here is to be available to the members when their schedule allows and their needs require. The structure, meetings, and special events are all designed to enable members through active participation to build and hone ALL the skills necessary to become accomplished scientists and to strengthen their foundation for a successful chosen career.

If you are interested in more information on The Pub Club or the possibility of “Meeting on The Edge of Science” by gathering with those in your lab community please contact Bethany by clicking here & filling out the form.