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 “The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s the one who asks the right questions.” Claude Lévi-Strauss

The Pub Club: Who, What & Why…

Miranda talks to “recruits” about The COM, The Pub Club and their future at 2017 BMS event.

The Pub Club (TPC) meets every week to provide both an opportunity and a resource all members can count on. The “task” is to be available to each member 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 the “Diverse Skills” necessary to not only be accomplished scientists and do better science, but to also turn that into a successful career of their choosing. Whether that science career is a dedicated academic, industrial, science communication or any of the other options available to us, the “COM” concept supported and utilized by The Pub Club only strengthens these goals. No one can argue against the fact that even the most brilliant technical scientist is made better by a practiced and refined ability to communicate that science to others. Likewise, everyone has experience with “writer’s block” or what we in experimental design might call a “mental log jam.” TPC has shown that engaging in casual conversations about issues with peers helps us identify problems and restore the flow of a project more quickly and effectively than going it alone.

02/03/17 – Bethany explains The COM and The Pub Club to a member of the Shiu lab at 2017 PSF event.

It is our belief and experience that what are often discouraged or completely discarded as “peripheral” skills are actually invaluable tools to achieving better results (see: Diverse Skill post). One of the many sources referenced in this post is an article and corresponding study in BioScience Magazine that shows those who would separate career from education or “professional skills” from technical skills – as if they are opposing paths – do a disservice to themselves and science in general. For example… –READ MORE–

Top Posts From The COM

“Can you see me now? Why & how to be visible in today’s job market”


“In today’s job market, there are estimates that more than 30% of jobs are currently filled by finding candidates through online job boards and sites like LinkedIn.  This estimate is astonishing and very important to keep in mind if you are a job seeker.  Times are changing.  Never before have job seekers been able to so clearly highlight and promote their knowledge, their experiences, and their interests.   I have often wondered though, why, so few people seem to realize the full potential to utilize their online presence to drive awareness and focus in their career search.” – Read the full article as published on BioCareers.comAdvice For Scientist
Building a memorable online presence for career searching, by: Lauren Celano, Lauren is the Founder and CEO of Propel Careers, a life science search and career development firm focused on connecting talented individuals with entrepreneurial innovative life sciences companies.

Manage Your Digital Identity

By On March 20, 2013 (Gradhacker)  (Will lead TPC discussion April 21, 2017 –SEE EVENT–)

1. If you don’t, someone else will: Every website you register for, every company you’ve worked for, and every school you’ve been to, likely has a digital record online. Since everything that goes online… –READ MORE–

As always, I am available and excited to discuss and teach the “Community of Minds” concept on which The Pub Club is founded.  Feel free to contact me by email, contact form or just stop by my desk.

Bethany Huot

Founder/Director The Community of Minds & The Pub Club

The Latest

Upcoming Workshops to Develop Diverse Skills (02/07/17):  Click here to check out these upcoming workshops offered by the MSU Career Center, the MSU Graduate School and the MSU Office of the Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies. There are specific opportunities for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Post docs, so be sure to read all the way down the page to find the ones most relevant to you. Some of these are coming soon and require registration, so don’t delay!

Apply to be a FAST fellow today! (02/07/17):  The Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) program offered by the MSU Graduate School and directed by Dr. Rique Campa, a Mug Club’r and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, is an incredible opportunity to learn and implement scholarly teaching. To find out more, including how to apply, click here.

This semester at The Pub Club…

Within the framework of The Pub Club we have the unique opportunity to develop the Diverse skills needed to become the next generation of world renown scientists – the ones who set the bar by providing innovative solutions to the world’s most challenging problems.

While our main Mission objectives – 1) Meeting on the Edge of Science and 2) Filling the Void – may not seem to be connected, they are integrally linked. “Meeting on the Edge” is about more than just talking about the science breakthroughs done by others; we want our research to be the cutting edge that others are talking about. In order to be the ones Providing Solutions to the world’s greatest challenges, we first need to develop our ability to Identify the Big Challenges, determine which of these challenges our research addresses and Communicate the Relevance of our work to the world (public, media, policymakers, other scientists, etc.). Of course, in this evaluation process, we may discover a need to re-position our work to better address the Big Challenges and increase the real-world impact of our findings.

This semester at The Pub Club we will be applying a teaching approach called backwards design to help us maximize the time we spend in our Friday Gatherings towards meeting this Mission. The process utilized in this approach is 1) Define objectives (what are the desired results?) 2) Determine acceptable evidence (have the objectives been met?) and 3) Select activities and instruction (what will be done to achieve objectives?).

Our main objective this semester is to be able to Identify the Big Idea or Challenge our research addresses and Communicate the Relevance of our work to diverse audiences.

The evidence we will use to demonstrate this ability is verbal (Elevator Pitch), written (abstract) and graphical (graphical abstract) depiction of our research highlighting the 1) Main Challenge our research addresses and 2) How our Key Findings (may be anticipated findings) help provide Solutions to this challenge. 

The activities we have selected for this semester will help us towards achieving this evidence.

In addition to helping us develop essential skills needed to position us as the “scientists on the edge,” we will be able to use our evidence to communicate the impact of our research for professional profiles (LinkedIn, personal websites), Publication, Funding new Research, Scientific Meetings, Research Statements for Job Applications, Public Education, Policy Making and more.

As Joe can testify (click here to read about Joe’s Job Interview Chalk Talk), even with the publications and the funding, you still need to be prepared to effectively communicate your research to others – especially when on the job market! Rather than wait until the interviews are lined up or your grant proposal deadline looms, why not begin filling your Void by learning to identify and communicate the relevance of your research today!

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

Assistant / Associate Professor (tenure track)

(75% Research/25% Teaching)

Desired Qualifications:
● Ability to integrate basic and applied research
● Previous substantive contribution to cultivar development and release
Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication
Evidence of interest and ability to form collaborative partnerships – within and across university disciplines, across national/international institutions, and with private industry
Evidence of teaching effectiveness
Evidence of excellence in teaching scholarship
Evidence of ability and willingness to effectively teach and mentor students from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds at the undergraduate and/or graduate level
● Evidence of ability to secure extramural funding from public and/or private sources

The Pub Club

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.